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COURTNEY CUNNINGHAM Wins ENCORE! Producers’ Award for Solo Adult Clown Show “Poofy du Vey in ‘BURDEN OF POOF”

HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL PRESENTS
SPECIAL ENCORE PERFORMANCE ON JULY 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES (July 10, 2014) – The Hollywood Fringe Festival honors actress COURTNEY CUNNINGHAM with the coveted ENCORE! Producer’s Award for her highly-acclaimed solo clown show, “Poofy du Vey in ‘BURDEN OF POOF.” The show also earned a ‘Best Comedy’ nomination and will mount a special encore performance on Saturday, July 26th at 8pm the Schkapf Theater in Hollywood.

In this adult-themed, 60-minute original show, Cunningham brings to life Poofy du Vey, a bundle of nerves with big dreams and even bigger fears. Poofy’s got a lot to say if she could only remember what that was. And, don’t be surprised to see Poofy blurt out profanities, flirt with the audience and even attempt a striptease.

Audiences at the 2014 Hollywood Fringe declared the show: “riveting, provocative, heart-warming, touching…” and “I didn’t think a show featuring a clown would be up my alley. I could not have been more wrong. This show was incredible!”

Previously, Cunningham’s show has earned: Best Show at London Fringe, Best Bet at Orlando Fringe, Audience Choice Award at Ottawa Fringe, Funny Face Award at Winnipeg Fringe and was a nominee for the Golden Nose Award for Best Clown at the New York Downtown Clown Festival.

And critics around the globe have declared it a ‘must-see’ show:

  • “made me delirious with laughter… sort of like the illegitimate American crack baby of Mr. Bean and Bubble from Absolutely Fabulous – but charming.” – Philadelphia Weekly
  • “hilarious and addictive… the result is both powerful and pure.” – Edmonton Journal
  • FIVE STARS: “Courtney Cunningham is a hilariously detailed actor who portrays the emotional and physical vulnerability of this truly whimsical character.” – London Free Press

Poofy du Vey was developed in the neo-vaudeville scene in Cunningham’s hometown of New York, making her first appearances in variety and vaudeville nights throughout Manhattan. Her physical comedy and clowning have drawn comparisons to legends Gilda Radner, Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett. Cunningham learned her clown techniques from some of the best in the business, including the renowned Sue Morrison (Clown Through Mask), Ricardo Pucetti (Lume Theatre Company, Brazil) and Moshe Cohen (Clowns Without Borders). She earned a degree in Classical Acting from Richmond University in London and is a graduate of the Dell 'Arte International School of Physical Theatre in California.

Cunningham has been earning praise for her work on-camera as well, including winning “Best Actress in a Drama” at the 2009 Albuquerque 48 Hour Film Festival. She was included in Backstage Magazine's “Casting Standouts of 2010” and recently made her network television debut on an episode of the CBS hit-series “Criminal Minds.” In addition, she appeared in a supporting role opposite John Hawkes in indie film “Low Down,” which premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival. Cunningham has also put her skills to work behind the camera, making her directorial debut with "The Bed Bug Thing," which was an official selection of 7 U.S. film festivals and won a variety of awards including "Best Romantic Comedy" at the Atlanta Shortsfest. Last fall, Cunningham directed and starred in the 6-episode comedy web series, “Act-Anon,” which screened at the 7-Waves Shorts-n-Stuff Film Festival.

Poofy du Vey in “BURDEN OF POOF”
The Hollywood Fringe Festival – ENCORE! Performance: Saturday, July 26th at 8:00pm
Schkapf aka Artworks Theatre (main): 6585 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90038
Tickets are $15 at door / $12 advance online at: http://theencoreawards.com/1895

For further information about COURTNEY CUNNINGHAM visit: www.CourtneyCunningham.com
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