Irvine Barclay Theatre

Tomáš Kubínek: Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible Brings his Exuberant Show to the Barclay.

 A collision of theater and circus magic, Kubínek’s show leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter.


Tomas Kubinek: Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible

Friday, April 26, 2019 at 7:30pm

Tickets: $30


Irvine Barclay Theatre - 4242 Campus Drive, Irvine CA | 949.854.4646

Self-proclaimed “certified lunatic and master of the impossible,” Tomáš Kubínek is a virtuoso vaudevillian, a comic genius, and all-round charmer. With appearances in over 30 countries, he has played to packed theaters around the world, including a sold-out run on Broadway. A collision of theater and circus magic, Kubínek's exuberant show leaves audiences clutching their sides with laughter, breathless, and madly in love.

Artist Website

Watch excerpts from Mr. Kubínek's performances




“Absolutely expert and consistently charming!” (The New York Times)


“Hilarious and enormously talented.” (Time Out London)


Interview with Tomáš Kubínek



Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible


Tomáš Kubínek is hailed by The New York Times as “absolutely expert and consistently charming!” His outrageous solo-performances have packed theaters, opera houses and international festivals of theater and humor in over 30 countries.


Tomáš Kubínek (toh-mawsh koo-bee-neck) was born in Prague and at the age of three was smuggled out of the country by his parents to escape the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia. After two months in a refugee camp in Austria, the Kubínek family was granted asylum in Canada, and it was there, in St. Catharines, Ontario, that Tomáš witnessed his first circus. He became passionately interested in clowns, circus, theater and magic.


At the age of nine, he presented his first performance before a circle of elderly magicians. By the age of 13, he had an agent and was performing comedy and sleight-of-hand in coffee houses in between folk music acts. While still in his teens, he made his circus debut with a Brazilian clown duo as the rear half of a two-person horse. There was no turning back....


Working any and all jobs related to showbiz, the enterprising young Kubínek was able to save money, travel to Europe and study with some of the world's greatest teachers of theater, including Monika Pagneaux, Pierre Byland, Jacques Lecoq and Boleslav Polívka. These studies, combined with his own wild experiments in the art of live performance, gave birth to Mr. Kubínek's unique style of work.


Besides his solo work, Mr. Kubínek has enjoyed collaborating with other artists. He has been featured on Czech National Television with the celebrated actor and playwright Boleslav Polívka on Mr. Polívka’s annual television specials; and with writer and comedian Frank van Keeken, he has perpetrated guerilla-style theater sketches upon an unsuspecting public.


Mr. Kubínek has also appeared with the U.S. theatrical Circus Flora, on numerous occasions. As “guest villain,” he masterminded an elephant kidnapping, terrorized spectators and later plummeted 40 feet into the ring after fencing on the high-wire with Tino Wallenda of The Flying Wallendas.


In 199192, with Britain's The Right Size physical theater company, Mr. Kubínek created and performed Moose, a surreal comedy about three men braving the elements of the Arctic tundra.


In 1997 and 1999, Tomáš Kubínek played limited engagement runs at Broadway’s New Victory Theater. Both runs sold out in advance and received rave reviews from critics and audiences alike.


In 2000, with director and writer Jim Jackson, Mr. Kubínek co-created and starred in Bed, a performance about the nightmarish adventures of an insomniac cabaret artist imprisoned in his hotel room.


In 2003, the play Bed was adapted to the screen and became the film Tucked into Bedlam, which aired nationally in the U.S. and Canada on both Bravo! and CBC and was voted one of the top cultural specials of the year to be produced in Canada.


While touring with his solo work, Mr. Kubínek teaches master classes for theater students and professionals and creates and directs new works, collaborating on pieces for solo artists and theater companies. In 2004, he devised Not Yet, At All, a one-woman show starring Edith Tankus. He later wrote and directed the play …all god’s children… for three Portuguese actors from the Teatrinho theater company. With playwright Paolo Nani, he co-created and starred in Denmark in Don’t Let Me Down, playing a wealthy businessman opposite Louise Hansen, a published Danish poet who has down syndrome and who played his angel.


In the summer of 2009, Mr. Kubínek was artist-in-residence at The John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. He created, directed and hosted The Big Sheboygan Shebang, a vaudevillian extravaganza involving over 200 local performers, two horses, and a boa constrictor. The performance celebrated the history, people and culture or Sheboygan and played to a packed audience in the historic Weill Center for the Performing Arts.


His most recent work, Professor Kubínek Meets the Symphony, features Mr. Kubínek as a special guest artist with symphony orchestras. The performance was commissioned by The University of Iowa's Hancher Auditorium and had its premiere tour of five cities   in Iowa and Nebraska with both Orchestra Iowa and the Omaha Symphony.


Mr. Kubínek is the recipient of international awards, including The Moers Comedy Prize from The International Comedy Arts Festival in Germany; The Schneestern Award from the International Festival of Humor in Arosa, Switzerland; and the Samuel Beckett Theatre Award from the Dublin Theatre Festival in Ireland. He now resides in rural Connecticut. For more information, please visit

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Since opening its doors in 1990, Irvine Barclay Theatre has emerged as one of California's most imaginative performing arts showcases. A unique collaborative venture among the City of Irvine, the University of California, Irvine, and the private sector, the theatre has a reputation for wide-ranging programming in the fields of contemporary dance, music, and theater arts. Performances take place in the 750-seat "jewel box" theatre which is renowned for its intimate atmosphere and superb acoustics. Visit to learn about our exciting new season!