The New York Goofs

Tiffany Riley

Dick Monday

Dick was the Director of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College from 1994-1997. During this time, he created and directed all the clowning for the Greatest Show on Earth. Dick's film and television credits include Into the Night with Rick Dees, Brain Donors, My Life, Love and Greed, The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Rosie O'Donnell Show and Woody Allen's Sweet and Lowdown. Dick and his partner Tiffany founded the New York Goofs in 1998, a theatrical clown troupe that have produced four off-off Broadway shows and been featured in every major festival in the NY/DC area. In 2004, Dick created "Slappy's Playhouse" in Dallas, TX, writing and producing all kinds of family entertainment.  He continues to clown in circuses and theaters worldwide including The Big Apple Circus, Circus Sarasota, and Circo Atayde in Mexico as well as in China and the Middle East.  Dick was recently one of the subjects of the acclaimed book, "Guiding Lights", about great mentors and teachers.

The NY Goofs

Tiffany is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts and has been performing professionally since the age of six. She also studied with The Groundlings and began her clowning career with the LA Circus in 1993. She taught eccentric dance Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and co-founded the New York Goofs. Tiffany was featured in The Big Apple Circus' Big Top Doo Wop, becoming the first woman to clown with America's premiere one-ring circus in 25 years. She and Monday have also been featured with Circo Atayde in Mexico, Circus Sarasota, and The Lone Star Circus and throughout China and the Middle East. She is Director of the Clown School, member of the world renowned Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit, and has helped build The Funnyatrics Clown Doctors, a full-time medical clowning program Children's Medical Center of Dallas.

Since 1998, the New York Goofs have produced many original off-off Broadway clown shows at the Flea Theater in NYC. They have also been featured at Lincoln Center, The Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, The Symphony Space, The World Financial Center, Milwaukee Fest, Wolf Trap, The Medora Musical, The National Folk Festival, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The International Children's Festival, AEMI Clown Festival China, and recently on Japanese Public Television in the popular television program, "Empowering Journey - Kaiji Moriyama".

Barry Lubin

Jay Stewart

Hilary Chaplain

Hilary has been recognized as one of America's foremost professional physical comediennes, performing her original solo and ensemble work for over a decade throughout the United States, Canada, South America and Europe. Uncovering the humor in everyday life, Hilary's  work has won accolades worldwide. She is also a founding member of the New York Goofs (est.1998) appearing with them in prestigious New York venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, the American Museum of Natural History, Symphony Space, and on tour at Wolf Trap with Bob McGrath from Sesame Street. Hilary is an adjunct professor of clowning at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. She has also been entertaining children in NYC hospitals as "Nurse Nice" of the renowned Big Apple Circus Hospital Clown Program¨ (since 1987) and has been invited to teach Hospital Clowning internationally, most recently in Vienna with the Rote Nasen and the CliniClowns. Hilary's award winning solo show A Life In Her Day has most recently been performed to critical acclaim at the Festival Arlekin in Poland. Comicodeon in Austria, and Anjos do Picadeiro in Brazil.

Barry Lubin created the character of Grandma in 1975, which has become the iconic symbol of the Big Apple Circus. Barry began developing Grandma while performing with Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He toured with the Greatest Show on Earth for 5 seasons before becoming part of the fabric of the Big Apple Circus in 1982 and is now in his 24th season. He has toured the world with Grandma performing on television, in circuses, festivals, and theater shows. He has been featured on Late Night with David Letterman and in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade several times. He has taught and directed at the Ringling Clown College, in several universities, and with the NY Goofs numerous times. He sailed to Europe as Interport Lecturer with Semester at Sea in 2008 and 2010. Barry was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002. He has two daughters, Emily 20 and Danielle 26, and now resides in Sweden.

While conducting research for his Masters Thesis at Wake Forest University, Jay came across several references to The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College.  Jay auditioned and was happy to be accepted to the Class of 1989. Since then, Jay has toured withThe Greatest Show on Earth off and on for many years, performed for two years in The Three Stooges, Live! in Las Vegas, and taught both at Ringling Clown College and for the New York Goofs. Jay has performed in Japan with the Kinoshita Circus, formed his own clown troupe, The Seaside Clowns, in Myrtle Beach, and has traveled to China to perform in several International Clown Festivals. He has also been featured in several NY Goofs shows at the Flea Theater in New York. Jay clowns regularly with his wife, Kristin and their two children, Karen and Nicholas. Jay is currently the team Supervisor for The Big Apple Circus Clown Care program, at Childrens Hospital in Boston and in Providence at Hasbro Childrens Hospital, proving that laughter really is the best medicine for the patients, their families and the hospital staff.

Chet Monday



Rob Lok

Mark Gindick is a professional actor, clown, physical comedian, director, teacher and writer/creator of his own theatrical shows. He has appeared in major feature films, including the Norah Ephron comedy Julie & Julia with Meryl Streep; on televison, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan OBrien; starred Off-Broadway and at the Edinburgh Theatre Festival in the New York Times acclaimed hit The Comedy Trio Happy Hour,; clowned on circuses such as Ringling Brothers and the Big Apple Circus as well as teaching clowning at SUNY Purchase college and other New York City venues. Mark wrote and starred in How To Be A Man at the Palace of Variety on 42nd Street (NYC) and Marks unique blend of vaudeville, dance, and physical comedy earned him two Golden Nose Awards.

Chet has been performing with his parents since he was four years old.  He made his professional theatrical debut in 2009 in The King and I with the Lyric Stage. With his parents, he has appeared on stage with Bob McGrath at Wolf Trap, as the youngest artist in the AEMI Clown Festival in Tiandu City, China, and in Goof Shows at the Flea Theater. Chet brought a new level of comedy to the role of Randolph in Bye Bye Birdie at Lyric last summer. He most recently debuted his diablo act in the Medora Musical in Medora ND. His other hobbies include golf, baseball, tap dance, hip hop and picking on his little sister, Lily.

Rob received his BFA (Bachelor of Funny Arts) at Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and subsequently became the first Chinese-American clown to work for a major American Circus. Rob has spent over a decade traveling the world and performing a unique sense of contemporary clowning and physical comedy.Since 2000, he joined Bond Street Theatre in developing social circus programs in Afghanistan and Eastern Europe. The hope is to establish a strong foundation where communication and respect go hand in hand with laughter and clowning. Rob has continued his  training in acting, movement, circus, puppetry and acrobatics with master mimes Richmond Shepard and Robert Shields, T.Schreiber Studios, DAH Theatre of Serbia, and Theatre Tsvete of Bulgaria. Rob is a creative consultant for film, television and stage with his production company, PunchMime Group, specializing in circus arts and visual comedy. He most recently headlined with the NY Goofs at  the Medora Musical!

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Tom Dougherty

Shawn Patrello has been performing and teaching improvisational comedy for 25 years. He has performed with Comedy Sportz and Ad-Libs, as well as creating and directing his own improv comedy troupe, Rubber Chicken. He currently performs Himprov, a Christian based comedy troupe in Dallas, TX. Shawn joined Funnyatrics, the professional therapeutic clown program at Children's Medical Center, in 2006. In addition to his his other clowning pursuits, Shawn is also a character actor in the Dallas area, as well as a cartoonist and a ventriloquist.

Tom held the role of lead clown for the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He headlined the Big Apple Circus, toured with Cirque du Soleil and was artistic director of Circus Chimera. He has performed his solo stage show in such venues as the National Theater in Washington DC, Wolf Trap and Lincoln Center. In recognition he has won the Silver medal at the International Circus Festival in Hanoi, Prix d'Image at the Albacete Festival in Europe, the Felix Adler Award and the Maryland Governors Excellence in Arts Award. He is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse and Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College. Tom founded his own theater company Theatricks, and has been on the staff of the famed Ringling Bros. Clown College, the Baltimore School for the Arts as well as guest instructor at colleges and schools throughout North America and Europe.