In this episode the Moisture Festival Podcast hits the road to Portland Oregon and interview funnyman Rhys Thomas. Recorded at Sisyphus farm Rhys tells us about growing up a few miles from the Oregon Country Fair and how seeing variety artist at a young age inspired him to follow suit.
We get to hear about what the first Moisture Festival was like and what the criteria was to perform. Rhys also talks about traveling the world with his science show, getting armed guarded escorts in Egypt and how difficult it is to do balancing stunts on cruise ships. A awesome and hilarious conversation with one of the Northwest’s premier variety acts.
In this episode of the Moisture Festival Podcast we welcome one of the festival’s favorites Bill Robison into the studio. We discuss Bill’s career performing for 10,000 seat arena’s opening up for people like Willie Nelson and Bill Cosby.
We also hear about his time performing in a comedy duo called the Shneedles, and how they became one of the most popular variety acts in the German spiegaltent circuit. Also, we talk about his time doing mask theatre and how that has influenced his permanence style today. A great chat and a lot of fun to have this hilarious clown on the podcast.
If you have seen a photo from the moisture festival, you have seen John Cornicello’s work. He is one of two official photographers of the Moisture Festival and the guys were excited to have him in Studio.
They chat about his early career in advertising, what brought him to the Northwest and his time playing in a band that introduced him to the Moisture Festival. A fun interview and great to hear the stories from the guy behind the iconic photos of the festival.
Matt ‘Bob’ Stull from the famous acapella group, The Bobs, is in studio. Matt talks about how singing telegrams led him to be part of one of the most successful acapella groups in the world and how they got roped into performing at the very first Moisture Festival.
They discuss the role the Bobs played in transitioning from do-wop to where acappella is today. They cover a variety of stories from performing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, how their music came to be linked with Andy Kaufman and loosing an Emmy to the Pointer Sisters. A fun interview with lots of stories, laughs and a few surprises.