Artemus Vulgaris is a man of many faces. A jack-of-all-trades visual comedian who blurs the line between clowning and burlesque. You might have seen him as a 90 year old magician, sleazy lounge lizard Arty Vulgaris, a baggy-pants clown, a sideshow huckster hawking 'Hellfire', or an historical character, like Abe Lincoln or Groucho Marx. Using his unique blend of pantomime and physical comedy, he continues to provide Kansas City with bawdy routines and comedic stripteases.
He is a longtime member of the KCSOB (originally billed as 'Bindlestiff Willy'), frequent contributor to Byrd Productions, The KC Fringe Festival, The Lawrence Busker Fest, Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, and has entertained in countless Kansas City bars, nightclubs, and event venues including Starlight Theater, The Uptown, The Madrid, The Living Room, Crosstown Station, and the historic Folly Theater.
When he's not performing with the KCSOB, he and his burlesque bride Annie Cherry pack up their caravan and take their show on the road. They have entertained across the Midwest with a unique blend of song, dance, comedy, and striptease, including repeat performances in New York, Chicago, and Oklahoma City.
If you keep an eye open, you can also spot Mr. Vulgaris (aka Damian Blake) around town as a Charlie Chaplin impersonator for hire, as a model for photographers and fashion designers, and on stage in local theater productions. On top of all that, he earns his keep as a freelance illustrator and designer, and spends his time with Annie pickling their internal workings with bourbon, and turning their old house into a circus shrine.
Visit Arty at his websites, and on Facebook!