Delight with award-winning Avner the Eccentric, hailed as one of the greatest clowns of all times who has traveled around the world performing, teaching, appearing on television, Broadway, at festivals, and in movies best known as the scene-stealing holy man in The Jewel of the Nile. “I laughed for two solid hours. The show only lasted an hour and a half.” – Joel Siegel, ABC-TV
Avner Eisenberg enjoyed a generic childhood in Atlanta, Georgia. As a child his passions were snakes and juggling. He wanted to be a doctor, but after a year as an honors chemistry and biology major his parents forced him into performing.
Applying the art of juggling to education, Avner attended four universities moving counter-clockwise around the United States, and ultimately earned a BA in theatre from the University of Washington in 1971. He studied in Paris with Jacques Lecoq for two years.
On returning to the United States Avner taught at Carlo Mazzone Clementi’s Dell’Arte School of Physical Comedy in California. He is greatly
indebted to these two men: “Lecoq, who taught me everything I know, and Carlo who taught me the rest.”
Avner’s one-man show, Avner the Eccentric, was a hit of the 1984–1985 Broadway season. He costarred in Lincoln Center’s production of Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors, and returned to Broadway in 1989 in a principal role in Ghetto.
Avner’s new show, Exceptions to Gravity, deﬁ es the barriers of language and culture and has toured extensively all over the US and abroad.
Avner is often a featured performer at comedy, magic and theatre festivals, including The Edinburgh Festival, where he won the New Faces of 1991 Award, and was a ﬁ nalist for the Perrier Award, the Israel Festival, and the Montreal International Comedy Festival. He also appeared at the London International Mime Festival, the Festival of American Mime, the New York Clown Theatre Festival, the Fool’s Festival, the New York Magic Symposium, the Hudson Clearwater Revival, and the International Movement Theatre Festival. He has won special jury awards at The International Festival du Cirque in Monte Carlo, Arosa International Humor Festival, Barcelona International Clown Festival, Leipzig Lach Messe, and St. Gervais International Theater Festival where he won both the public and the jury awards. Avner was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002.
Avner is regularly featured on television specials throughout the world. In addition to a busy performance schedule, he has taught master classes in clowning and Eccentric Performing in the U.S., France, Germany, Finland, Belgium, Japan and Spain. Having developed silent theatre skills as a therapeutic tool, Avner also teaches workshops for students and professionals in health care, education and counseling, and theatre. He lives on an island oﬀ the coast of Maine and would really rather be sailing.
Avner the Eccentric’s performance is sponsored by Albemarle Eye Center and Southern Shores Realty