The singing clown at Marathon Music Works packs ‘em in.
TEXT AND PHOTOS BY: MARK JACKSON
Puddles, the 6’8” singing clown, who you might recognize from the hit TV show America’s Got Talent, first gained popularity on YouTube with the help of Postmodern Jukebox in a viral hit cover of “Royals” by Lorde. Puddles brought his modulated voice to a packed house at the Marathon Music Works on a Friday night. This show was a little different than most of the shows that I cover, as it was a combination of comedy and singing — a perfect night out for a couple, or a fantastic family night that is safe for any age children.
As you might suspect from a clown, Puddles, who doesn’t speak, did entertain the crowd with some comedy, such as a chair that he pretended to be so heavy that he could barely push it across the stage, playing a fake guitar, and a few props. This act could have very easily fell into the cheesy overdone traveling comedy show if it were not for the genius mind of Puddles who uses a projector with great videos and props that blend seamlessly with his magnificent voice to tell a story and keeps the crowd entranced. Puddles also used the crowd as part of the show, from bringing people up on stage during some songs, to become part of the show, to a crowd sing along karaoke style. I simply cannot stress enough how entertaining this show was, but the true magic of the show is the voice of Puddles.
Puddles covers a wide variety of songs and genres, but he makes them all his own. A few of my favorite covers of the evening were “Dancing Queen” by Abba, “Under Pressure” by Queen, “Space Oddity” by David Bowie, and “Losing My Religion” by R.E.M., but my favorite and the one I couldn’t wait to hear was Cheap Trick’s “I Want You To Want Me”.