The Story of Puddles

A 7-foot clown walks into a bar. He motions for a soda water and sits there staring at his drink. The year was 1998 and Puddles had wandered into the Star Community Bar in Atlanta, GA where bartender Big Mike Geier first laid eyes on the sad, silent clown.

“There was a heaviness about him,” says Geier. “I could tell he wasn’t in the mood to chat, so I pretty much left him alone except to pass him the mustard when he pulled an onion and a heel of bread out of his pocket. A couple weeks later, he came by the bar and gave me a flyer to a show he was doing at a flea market. The sound system at that flea market was crap, but his voice was something else. I’ve been in my share of bands and wasn’t expecting much from a clown singing karaoke from a boombox. But I’ll be damned if his singing didn’t get me all choked up.”

The two soon became close friends, with Big Mike acting somewhat as a confidant, and the pair travel all over with Puddles Pity Party, Mike speaking on behalf of Puddles since the clown chooses to stay silent.

Originally from River City before kicking around Atlanta, the sulking serenader gained momentum after hitting the road as guest performer on the 2010 Aqua Teen Hunger Force Live tour and 2013 Eels tour and making special appearances at Seattle’s Teatro ZinZanni and NYC’s Sleep No More.

It was Halloween 2013 when Puddles then collaborated with Postmodern Jukebox to record an epic version of Lorde’s hit song “Royals,” which instantly went viral on YouTube, having received over 34 million views so far. You may also recognize Puddles as quarter-finalist from Season 12 of America’s Got Talent and most recently on AGT’s The Champions 2020.  The “sad clown with the golden voice” has captivated audiences and media from around the world, building a fan base of more than 495,000 on Facebook and nearly 900,000 subscribers to the Puddles Pity Party YouTube channel.

Puddles has since performed around the planet, garnering rave reviews at festivals like Edinburgh Fringe, Adelaide Fringe, Perth Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Fest, Belgium’s Gent Fest, Just For Laughs, Festival Supreme, Outside Lands, SketchFest and the Kennedy Center’s District of Comedy Festival. And he has sold out shows all over from Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco, Revolution Hall in Portland, The Fonda in L.A., The Vic Chicago, Wilbur Theatre Boston, Gramercy Theatre NYC and Soho Theatre London. Puddles was a feature performer in La Soiree’s 2014 Southbank show in London, which won the Olivier Award. He was handpicked by Neil Patrick Harris to perform Just for Laugh’s “Circus Awesomeus,” gala filmed for HBO Canada and in 2019, he enjoyed a Las Vegas residency at Caesars Palace.

In 2020, with touring and live concerts halted in the wake of the pandemic, Puddles stayed busy producing more than a dozen episodes of his Still Sequestered Show, a musical variety show online series that features lots of special guests like Jack Black, Weird Al, Penn Jillette, Tim Heidecker, Mark Ryden, Neil Hamburger, Rebekah Del Rio, Sid Krofft, Michael Des Barres, Petra Haden, David Dastmalchian, Cait O’Riordan, Michael Stipe, Patton Oswalt, Nicole Atkins, El Vez, Mastodon, Amy LaVere, Jake La Botz and Jolie Holland. You can watch these episodes via the Video On Demand page of this website.

In 2022, Puddles performed a duet with the iconic Eric Idle in Homeward Bound: A Grammy Salute to the Songs of Paul Simon filmed for CBS and was a surprise guest on the Season 4 finale of ABC’s The Conners. He also toured with Tenacious D and landed the coveted John Lewis Holiday advert in the UK with a cover of “All the Small Things” that he recorded with Postmodern Jukebox. In 2023, Puddles was a performer on The Joco Cruise and later that year, Puddles sang “Maids Can’t Mop Up Memories” on Neil Hamburger’s star-studded album Seasonal Depression Suite. Another notable Neil, Mr. Gaiman, featured Puddles as guest performer in his specially curated gala for The Art of Elysium in Los Angeles in 2024. And Tool’s Maynard James Keenan invited Puddles to perform on stage with him during the Sessanta Tour.

“Puddles gives an emotive performance that resonates with all kinds of folks,” says Geier. “The crowd really responds to him. There’s something about a giant sad singing clown that comforts us, let’s us know it’s ok to feel, to show our feelings. It’s a sad and beautiful world, and we’re all in it together, even when we’re totally alone.”


Word on the Street:

“His special effect is a textured voice laced with melancholy…What makes him transcend the trope is his vulnerability.”    – The New York Times

“It seems like a parody. But when Puddles opens his mouth to sing, it’s beautiful. Operatic.”    – The Boston Globe

“Fantastically brilliant…originality at its best.”   – Simon Cowell

“Once you hear him, you’ll surely fall in love…crooning comparable to any Grammy winner.”   –  Los Angeles Times

“Clever and often hysterically funny… (Puddles) is ideally suited to songs popularized by belters old and new like Tom Jones, Sia and Celine Dion, all of which he performs with tear-jerking bravura…”   – LA Weekly

“What a voice he has. Brilliant man. Love him.”   – Eric Idle

“Puddles Pity Party is the damnedest thing…If I could sing like that, I’d never shut up.”    – Michael McKean

“Wow…a perfect, powerful avant-garde art piece…Genius.”  –  Penn Jillette

“I love him so much.”  –  Aaron Paul

“Pagliacci by way of Pee-Wee Herman and David Lynch.”   – The Atlanta Journal Constitution

“A laugh-out-loud, life-affirming hour filled with power ballads and pathos.”
***** – Herald Scotland

“Saw one of the greatest performances of my life last night by one of the world’s most original performers.”   – Matthew Gubler

“This is quite brilliant.”   – Nick Mason (Pink Floyd)

“If the inspiration for the Pity Party appears simple – a tragic clown with a beautiful baritone – Puddles works it until he becomes an archetypal figure, an embodiment of the romantic despair that infuses so much popular romantic music. At the same time, Puddles is fun, compassionate and an all-round entertainer.”
***** – The List

“Calling Puddles Pity Party a one-man show feels a spiritual disservice…so maximally expressive he could be a cartoon, or a deity, something conjured from pure positive energy…we’re made to feel as important as he is…fostering a warm and inclusive environment…”
**** – Fest Magazine

“A master of persuasion by gesture…a good-natured pantomime with a big lovable and cuddly clown.”
**** – Herald Scotland

“…the talented performer with the taste for the ridiculous should not be underestimated…Puddles keeps a smile on your face right to the very end. “
**** – Broadway Baby

“Puddles’ ability to interact and connect with his audience, making them the stars, leaves a much deeper impact than his intense vocals.”
**** – Edinburgh Festivals Magazine

“With his unique blend of soaring vocals… Puddles plays games, pokes fun and eventually wins his audience over with his golden voice.”
The Australian Daily Telegraph