Comedy Danger Sideshow With Music

Who We Are

The Accidental Circus Cast

Directed by Jester of Muncaster, Paolo Garbanzo, Accidental Circus is timeless cabaret, promising danger, humor, beauty and song all in the first act. Bring your loved ones to dazzle them. Bring your enemies because, well, anything is possible when 5 knives are in the air.

These collaborators have been working together since 2002 and maintain professional careers across the full arts spectrum: juggling, music, fire, dance antics, the fine arts and the sideshow arts.

Made up of national & international artists, the Accidental Circus has toured intensively for over 10 years. “Inquire within.”

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Paolo Garbanzo – Director

Paolo GarbanzoPaolo Garbanzo (aka Paul Hudert) tours throughout the US and Europe, performing his feats of knife-wielding daring and comedy to international audiences in English, Italian, and German. His shows are hilarious misadventures, winning him a Lifetime Achievement Award by the International Juggling Association. He also won the 2007 International Jester Competition, making him the Official Jester of Muncaster Castle in England, the first American to be an Official Jester of a European Castle in all history.

Paolo has been a member The Flying Karamazov Brothers, taught at FLIC, the circus school in Turin, Italy, and has won many other awards all over America. He has directed juggling and acrobatic shows for many festivals and made a name for himself street performing from as far west as San Francisco’s world famous Pier 39 to the farthest reaches of Eastern Europe.

He’s been the Benevolent Dictator of the Accidental Circus since the dawn of the Neo-Circus Revival.

Mab, Just Mab – Assistant Director

Mab just Mab - Eating a fistful of balloonsWhen she isn’t waiting for accidents to happen, Mab can be found monkeying around with the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow, which happens to also be DC’s longest running theatrical sideshow. Mab believes that every single person has superpowers. One of Mab’s super powers is the ability to find the shortest lane in at a toll booth. The other is the ability to walk on broken glass and hammer spikes into her face. Mab is a freak. You probably shouldn’t try that at home.

  • Winner of the 2012 Americana Burlesque & Sideshow Festival’s Artist of the Year
  • Winner (with the Cheeky Monkey Sideshow) of the Circus Historical Society’s Candlelight Award – given for keeping the sideshow tradition alive,
  • World Record holder for Blockhead – mass blockhead at the 2010 Sideshow Gathering in Wilkes-Barre PA
  • Founder of DCVariety Social Aide Society – an organization which offers emergency aid to uninsured variety artists in the DC area.

The Mezmer Society

mezmerThe Mezmer Society was founded in the Autumn of 2007 and fits loosely within the Tribal Fusion genre. Some of the elements that are fused include belly dance, cabaret performance, Romany music, foppish occultism, unapologetically pretentious Belle Epoque café living, goodwill, bad behavior, misappropriated pop songs, and the horribly misguided notion that one can try and squeeze an entire Balkan brass band into one accordion.Every Mezmer Society tour delivers a thick roux of dance and music workshops, performance, and extreme festivity.


Sidetracked - Dottie & LorainVaudeville masters of wile and wit, Sidetracked is the brain-child of Shoshanna Hill and Kimberlie Cruse.  Since 2004 this comedic duo have been gracing the streets and stages with their vaudeville-style storytelling. Recent performances include: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ABSFest, Edmonton Fringe and TribOriginal. Sidetracked promises to be benevolent dictators of mirth. Tributes will be accepted in cash, chocolates and cabana

Darbuka Dave

darbukaConsidered an excellent instructor and performer by his contemporaries, known for his technical precision and emotional expression Darbuka Dave has performed and taught at international festivals, workshops and shows throughout the country. You can often find him playing with Lumani or the Day Late/Dollar Shortkestra. He currently resides in Huntsville, AL but travels


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