Kirkland Performance Center presents...
Wells & Woodhead: FOOLZ
- December 1, 2:00PM
All Seats: $15
Sponsored by: Kirkland Patch, Jay & Suzy Wakefield
Internationally renowned vaudevillians, Wells & Woodhead (aka: Masters of Mayhem) present FOOLZ: a character-driven amalgam of music, circus arts and comedy that demonstrates the power of synchronicity between two performers with vastly different dispositions. Wells, the “dapper Dane”, and Woodhead, the “bumbling fool”, take the audience on a fun-filled ride where anything joyous seems possible. Their circus skills are in the outer limits, but the rudiment of their art is their ability to connect with the crowd. It’s not so much what they do, but rather who they are that creates empathy and pathos with their audience, ensuring they’ll be wearing their happy faces long after the show is over.
Internationally renowned vaudevillians, Wells & Woodhead (aka: Masters of Mayhem) are Henrik Bothe and Woody Keppel.
A native of Denmark, Henrik began entertaining at the early age of three when he drove the family VW bug into the sea. With fortune on his side, he made a quick escape and was soon mesmerized by plate-spinning acts on The Ed Sullivan Show. This lead to breaking Mom’s plates and throwing Dad’s knives in the wood-shop, until he ultimately attended Aahus Theater Academy to focus on the performing arts.
Henrik got his professional start in Europe when he teamed up with David Gomez in the 80s to form the comedy duo “Twist and Shout.” They relocated later in the decade to San Francisco to join the thriving “New Vaudeville” scene. There Henrik was introduced to the world of Improvisational Theatre by Keith Johnstone, an influence that follows him to this day. In the early 90s Henrik moved to Seattle and headlined as an entertainer for all major cruise lines. During that time Henrik engineered “Neonman”, a glow-in-the-dark optical illusion that has taken him all over the world for TV appearances and is now a major component in his show.
Performance highlights include appearing on Garrison Keillor‘s “A Prairie Home Companion” where Garrison exclaimed “Henrik is one of the few jugglers that have ever succeeded in performing on the radio.” Henrik has also made appearances with Jay Leno on The Tonight Show, in Las Vegas at Ceasar’s Palace and on Europe’s most widely viewed variety show “Le Plus Grande Cabaret du Monde” in Paris.
Today Henrik performs physical comedy as a professional entertainer for corporate, local and national events. When Henrik isn’t performing solo he either tours theaters in the US with Woody Keppel in “Foolz,” a duo show for all ages, or performs with Steve G as “The Bellini Twins,” an act with a “late night” feel.
Woody Keppel began his performing career in 1981 with Sarah Caldwell's Opera Company of Boston playing silent comic roles along side some of the great singers in the world. In 1984 he founded "Waldo & Woodhead" a musical/comedy vaudeville show, which he performed internationally for 20 years. The late Gregory Hines called Waldo & Woodhead, "The funniest and most creative act" he'd ever seen.
Mr. Keppel began his film career in 1993, costarring in the madcap family feature Ava's Magical Adventure with Timothy Bottoms, and directed by Patrick Dempsey. He has had numerous supporting roles in the films of David Giancola, including Icebreaker, with Stacy Keach and Sean Astin; Moving Targets, with Miles O'Keefe; Illegal Aliens with Anna Nicole Smith; Pressure Point with Steve Railsback; and, Radical Jack, directed by James Brady, and featuring Billy Ray Cyrus.
Keppel has written and starred in four family videos, including the award-winning Woodhead Saves the Farm, which was picked by Sesame Street and Parents Magazine as "Years Best" for kids. He has just released a critically acclaimed CD of music for kids and their parents called, Mr. Woodhead's Party in the Animal Barn.