VIDEO: Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt and Jon Hamm Launch Kickstarter for HUMOR ABUSE: THE DOCUMENTARY
Lorenzo Pisoni, Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, Kickstarter, Mark Taper Forum
Lorenzo Pisoni has teamed up with friends Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm, William Rexer and Sarah Dusseault to launch a Kickstarter campaign to fund Humor Abuse: The Documentary, a doc based on his life growing up in the Pickle Family Circus with a clown for a father. Watch the campaign video below!
At age 2, Lorenzo stumbled into the circus ring during intermission with a fully realized silent clown act. And a life in the family business began. It was sealed when he signed a contract with his parents' Pickle Family Circus at age 6, becoming his dad's clown partner.
The documentary will expand on themes in Lorenzo's one man show, Humor Abuse, co-created with Erica Schmidt, which centers on the unconventional father/son dynamics that develop when your father's a clown - and you're his straight man.
The Pickle Family Circus was founded by Lorenzo's father Larry Pisoni and his mother Peggy Snider in 1974. The Pickles played a pivotal role in the foundation of the New American Circus Movement, integrating theater into circus arts and paving the way for Cirque du Soleil and dozens of other successful companies.
Lorenzo's unique story --- and those of his father Larry, his mother Peggy, his sister Gypsy (who recently created the circus work in the Tony-winning Broadway smash Pippin), his godfather (and original Pickle member) Bill Irwin, and many others in The Pickles -- captures the spirit, the lunacy, the daring, the danger and the dysfunction of growing up in a circus family.
Westfeldt met Pisoni when the two played opposite each other in The Explorers Club at Manhattan Theater Club this past summer, and she was instantly captivated by his life story. "It was completely incongruous to me that this straight-laced, terrific actor who looks like Clark Kent grew up juggling, flying through the air, and tap-dancing in a gorilla suit! I couldn't stop asking questions," said Westfeldt.
Hamm and Rexer (director of photography on Friends With Kids) were similarly taken with Pisoni's family history. "Every kid wants to please his father. Not every kid had to learn how to fall down a flight of stairs to do that," said Hamm.
Hamm, Westfeldt, Rexer and Dusseault have joined Pisoni as producers on the doc, and Pisoni and Rexer will co-direct the film. Rexer will also serve as director of photography.
The stage version of Humor Abuse, co-created by Lorenzo and Erica Schmidt, directed by Erica Schmidt, is currently at the Mark Taper Forum in downtown Los Angeles. Performances continue through November 3, 2013.