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Brent McCoy • Interviews from the Inside

2009-11-13Where in the world am I today?: Aruba aboard the ISLAND Princess

Prologue: The year was 2008 and I found myself back at the Kingston Busker’s Rendez-vous for the tenth time in the last twenty years… Some performers question why I’ve gone back so many times to this particular festival and there are a variety of reasons. A). I enjoy performing for the crowds in Kingston who seem to come out to see my show no matter how many times I take it back – how fabulous is that? B). There’s a great post show social scene with the performers who show up for this festival with parties almost every night and a great hang. C). I inevitably meet new performers every time I got to this festival and I love seeing new acts and different approaches. This is where I first met Brent McCoy. In a festival that was dominated by huge sound systems and people stomping on each other volume-wise here was Brent doing a silent clown show. It was refreshing to see something different in the group and fun to get to know him a bit. We ran into each other again in the Airport in Shanghai, China in October of 2008 as we had both been performing at festivals (not the same festivals mind you) there and just happened to be passing through the airport on the same day. Great guy, nice take on performing and a really fun show.


Name: Brent McCoy.
Birthday: June 27, 1981.
Place of Birth: Northeast Kingdom of Vermont.
Started Peforming/Working in the Industry: December 2005
Discipline: Street Performer, Physical Comedian, Clown.
Website: http://www.brentmccoy.com
Video Link: http://www.brentmccoy.com/promo.php
Venues Worked: Numerous Buskers, Clown, Fringe, and Vaudeville festivals around country and the world,  Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston, MA. Church Street Marketplace, Burlington, VT.  Theaters all over the East Coast, NYC, and mainly Vermont and Maine.

Hot 10 Questions:

  1. What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream and why? • Ben and Jerry’s Vanilla with maple syrup or pie. Needs no explanation.
  2. Name one movie that would make it to your Top 10 all-time great films. • Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr.
  3. What was your favorite toy from childhood? • Legos.
  4. Who were your biggest inspirations when you got started? • Fritz Grobe, now of Eepybird.com.  Danny Frank, a former Ringling Clown.  Clark Mcfarlan, aka, Mario Queen of the Circus.
  5. From the world of animation what one character do you most identify with or see yourself in? • Appa, from Avatar.
  6. Name something that scares you. • The thought of my dad passing away.
  7. Apart from the entertainment industry, name one other job you’ve had. • Waiter at John’s Pizzeria on Bleecker Street in Manhattan.
  8. What’s something you haven’t done yet that you’d like to try? • Ummm… scuba diving.
  9. What’s your least favourite thing about being a performer? • All the driving.
  10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates? • “Everyone’s waiting!

The Nugget:

Pick one nugget of wisdom you’ve picked up from your career in Show Business to share with the World.

“Good shows come from who you are more than what you do.”

–Brent McCoy

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