The Moisture Festival Podcast – Leah Papernick

The Moisture Festival Podcast records on location at Hale’s Ales and we get to talk with the amazing Leah Papernick. Leah gives us a glimpse into all the different roles people play to make the Moisture Festival successful.



We learn that she has worked as a performer, stage tech, greeter, covid tester and has done just about everything there is to do at the fest. We also discuss her work as an actor and learn about British Panto. A super awesome conversation with a fantastic human being. 

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Jamy Ian Swiss

The Moisture Festival Podcast records on location at Hale’s Ales and welcomes in magician and historian Jamy Ian Swiss. Jamy discusses how he made the switch from selling animal products to performing magic around the world.

Also, we discuss his contributions to the magic world that include the creation of Monday Night Magic in New York City and some of his literary contributions. We hear some great stories from a prolific career that has spanned 40 years. A great conversation that we know you are going to love. 

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Android Allure

This week we chat with Android Allure in another podcast recorded at Hales! Android talks about Waacking, Voguing and the “underground” ballroom scene (which isn’t what we thought it was).

This is unique interview for the Moisture Festival Podcast as we talked with Android right before their very first Moisture Festival performance as part of the Libertease shows!

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Nox Falls

In this episode we welcome Nox Falls to Hales Ales. Nox discusses growing up in Texas and how burlesque was a way to combat shyness.

We learn about where some of the ideas for Nox’s routines come from and which ones get selected for shows. Nox also spits some spoken word poetry (which is a first on the podcast.) A really great conversation with a fantastic human being. You are going to love because we did. 

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Hilary Chaplain

In this episode we record on location at Hales Ales where we welcome in Moisture Festival favorite and clown extraordinaire Hilary Chaplain.

Hilary discusses how she develops her material and all the things that goes through her mind when she is debuting a new routine. We cover her over 30 year career that includes her one woman show, a play about a rat, appearing in the movie Forest Gump and clowning at children’s hospitals. We talk about almost everything from her birth in a car to how she came to perform at the Moisture Festival. A great conversation with an even greater performer.  

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Lily Verlaine

Today’s guest is the fantastic burlesque artist Lily Verlaine. We discuss her career arc which started as a child performing in a cabbage patch commercial and now has her touring around the world performing for delighted audiences.

We Learn about what goes into developing a burlesque act, all the people that can be involved, and a great conversation with one of the world’s best burlesque dancers

Here’s the Cabbage Patch Kids commercial!

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Stephon Walker

In this episode of the Moisture Festival Podcast we triangulate locations and interview Stephon Walker aka Swami Yo Mami aka Less S Moore. We talk with Stephon over Zoom and discuss his many characters he has created in his 20 plus years of performing, what led him to create his characters and how his performance at the Kennedy Center was received.

We also discuss the world of pickpocketing, and how one even begins to explore the art of pickpocketing. A first attempt at interviewing where all three people and Stephon was awesome. We hope you enjoy it.

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Scramble James

In this episode we hit the road to the Rose City (Portland) and interview the super positive Nate “Scramble” James from Circus Luminescence. Scramble is one half of the group and discusses how the group started from a chance encounter and also the successes and failures of the group throughout the years. He also talks to us about why they decided doing glow in the dark juggling was the way to go. A fun interview with one of the more unique juggling acts you will see at the Moisture Festival. 

The Moisture Festival Podcast – Jon Dutch

This episode of the Moisture Festival Podcast we are in Portland interviewing the fascinating Jon Dutch, aka “Dutch.” We talk about how he got into the circus later in life, the physical tolls it takes on one’s body and how he got into his unique form of acrobatics.

We also discuss the circus scene in Portland, learn about the World Naked Bike Ride and learn about why he created the Rose City Circus and how they were received on the Gong Show. A great conversation with one of the staples of the Portland Circus scene. 

The Moisture Festival Podcast – David Aiken

The Moisture Festival is joined over Zoom by the amazing comic daredevil David Aiken a.k.a the Checkerboard guy. David is a unique talent that has traveled the globe with his show and shares with us some amazing stories of his travels.

He also tells us about  the origins of the checkerboard theme in his show, his love of unusual cars and we gain some unique insights on why someone would gravitate towards becoming a professional juggler. We also learn about David’s new passion of brewing beer and his goal of opening a nano brewery on Vancouver Island. It was great to catch up with one of the funniest and kindest people in the performing world. You are going to love it.