Kenny Raskin’s wonderful “My Old Friend”

This is from Kenny Raskin, who created this presentation:

“I created my piece (a version, filmed for Danish television, can be viewed on youtube) in 1981. Like any normal performer, I began putting it out there when I was gigging, but also at clown and mime festivals throughout the United States. So the great thing is, if it’s a good piece, people notice you. You get some good press and you build your reputation in the business. You might even get hired by Cirque du Soleil, which is what happened to me.

“The bad thing is, people begin to copy you, and when you are new in your profession, sometimes your authorship gets called into question. That is hurtful… It’s been a long time, and most people that came up in the clown world with me know the true story. I may not have been the first person to do a routine like this, but I didn’t see someone do one and then go out and create my own… My focus these days is more on teaching the craft, so my livelihood is not at issue here. But for those who I know saw my work and used it to create their own version — Tina Lenert, Sasha, Gayle LaJoye, Peter Shub, Jason McPherson — you are welcome…”

Posted on November 10, 2011, in Art and Theater, Live Variety, Magic and the Magic Castle, Side Show, Circus and Carnival, Uncategorized, Vaudeville and Burlesque and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I was the one who told Soleil about you . They had asked me to perform with them and I denied it in part because they planned to play in Atlanta where you live and that was simply taboo so i told them you are the original and they would love you. I was right.


  2. An amazing performance!

    I liked it so much I had to watch it three times and then wrote a bit about it myself!


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