The Richard P. Dick Van Johnson Show
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About the Event
Every month, Berlin's zaniest late-night talk-show host welcomes a star-studded lineup of Berlin's best performers to the stage for an amazing night of comedy and cabaret.
ARIELLE COTTINGHAM (USA) - Texan Afro-Latinx poet & 2016 Australian National Poetry Slam Champion
FILIPPO SPREAFICO (IT) - Surrealist Italian comedy writer, stage and television performer and radio host and clown school survivor
JULIETTA LA DOLL (DE) - Balloon swallowing burlesque beauty that will surprise you with what she can do with a nail and a hammer
And of course your esteemed host, RICHARD P DICK VAN JOHNSON himself aka DUCKIE L'ORANGE (AU)
FILIPPO SPREAFICO (IT) Filippo Spreafico is an Italian comedy writer, stage and television performer and radio host. He works in English and Italian. In 2019, he was a regular guest on Italian national television Rai2’s award-winning satirical comedy show, “Battute?” With a background in anthropology and filmmaking, training in improv from Chicago’s Second City and in clowning from Philippe Gaulier in Paris, Filippo brought his solo shows to the Edinburgh International Festival and the Adelaide and Melbourne Comedy Festivals. He has also extensively toured the USA (LA’s Comedy Store, San Francisco’s Punchline, Austin’s Cap City) and Europe. Filippo has a pastiche-style radio show featuring interviews, surreal sketches and retro music called Anything Goes.
JULIETTA LA DOLL (DE) Miss Julietta La Doll has enchanted stages all over the world across Paris, Shanghai, Dubai, London, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Milan, Athens, Vienna and Copenhagen, to name a few. She has performed for brands such as Moët et Chandon, L’Oréal, and Breitling, for the fashion designer Sonia Rykiel. International events from the famed Formula One to the fetish gala of London’s Torture Garden. Also gracing the billboards and stages alongside Dita von Teese in “The Gentry de Paris Revue.” Our sideshow sweetheart has more tricks than just unveiling her beauty to command the imaginations of audiences, exposing secrets separated between fine lines of pleasure and pain.
ARIELLE COTTINGHAM (USA) Texas-born Afro-Latinx poet, editor, performance artist, and educator Arielle Cottingham has toured four continents in five years, giving performances and teaching workshops across Europe, North America, Australia, and Asia. Their work has appeared in multiple literary journals both in print and online, and notable performance spaces have included 48H Neukölln, the Alley Theatre, the Museum of Old & New Art, and the Sydney Opera House, where they won the title of Australian National Poetry Slam Champion in 2016. Their work has been published in Stellium Literary Journal, BOOTH, Pressure Gauge Press, About Place Journal, and elsewhere, and their chapbook, Black and Ropy, was published by Pitt Street Poetry in 2017. They are currently pining for falafel at their desk in Berlin.
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