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Tailgate Entertainer is a podcast about the fair industry and the exciting people involved in it. The goal of the show is to help those involved in the industry succeed by sharing years of collected wisdom. You will not find a more eclectic mix of people in the world than those that work at fairs. Their exciting journeys, lessons, and humorous anecdotes are woven together here to provide encouragement, education, and support for the industry.


  • #77 Sara Kunz-The flyin' Hawaiian

    08/03/2021 Duração: 30min

    With the zest and sweetness of a pineapple, grace of a dolphin, and jokes as great as your Dad's, Sara will whisk you away to the best vacation / most thrilling circus show you have ever experienced!

  • 76: Groovy Guy

    23/02/2021 Duração: 47min

    25 years as a street performer has given Groovy Guy an individual style and strategy!  He will leave you with plenty of wisdom, some great tips and memorable stories. 

  • 75: XPOGO

    07/02/2021 Duração: 37min

    Bounce on in and listen to a group of trailblazers in the entertainment industry!  The ups and downs of creating a show with nothing but raw talent and pogo sticks!

  • 74: Bill Robison-Industry Icon

    28/01/2021 Duração: 34min

    Known for his many faces, voices and props, Bill Robison sets a standard in physical comedy performance. industry icon.  

  • 73: Street Breakz

    17/01/2021 Duração: 27min

    Peace, unity, love and having fun is what Street Breakz brings to their audience through hip hop, acrobatics, and comedy!

  • 72: Kimi Shintaku - A Lifetime of Experience

    31/12/2020 Duração: 52min

    A fascinating journey through Kimi's life, full of stories and wisdom. Her dedication and valuable contribution to the fair industry stems from years of amazing experiences under vastly different circumstances.          

  • 71: Jeremiah Johnston-Juggler Extraordinaire

    13/12/2020 Duração: 56min

    Technically skilled, highly proficient, and amazingly smooth! Jeremiah drops a ton of tips about performing in the fair business, marketing, and life in general. Don't miss the stories about California, the box of juggling props in the attic....and rugs!          

  • 70: Kenny Ahern

    04/12/2020 Duração: 36min

    Kenny Ahern shares stories about his career as a clown, a little wisdom from his life and even some laundry tips!  

  • 69: Mango & Dango-Complete Creatives

    24/11/2020 Duração: 54min

    Complete creatives, master makers, the whole artistic package! Learn from the best of the best-Mango & Dango!

  • 68: Mark Sparks Master Class

    20/11/2020 Duração: 01h19min

    It's the little things a person does and the little things a person doesn't do that make all the difference when it comes to being successful in the fair industry.  

  • 67: Season Three Opener

    20/11/2020 Duração: 17min

    Kicking off season three of Tailgate Entertainer and what the exciting lineup looks like.  (NOTE:  All recordings were done pre-pandemic)

  • 66: A Punch in the Face

    30/05/2020 Duração: 02h34min

    In this episode, twelve professionals in the fair industry talk about their experience of living through the destruction that Covid 19 has caused.  What has happened to our industry and what needs to happen to get things back on track.  Great stories, wisdom and insight.  

  • 65: Conjuring Up a Career That Never Gets Old with Robert Smith

    25/09/2018 Duração: 45min

    Creating a concrete platform in a saturated market is no easy task. In order to do so, you have to be innovative and original, two characteristics that perfectly describe Robert Smith. Robert Smith is a magician and creative content speaker who struggled to find his way into the fair industry until doing exactly the opposite of everyone else, staying inside the box. Robert Smith is most recognized for his fortune-telling act, which has come to be known as the Conjurer Fortune Machine. Check out this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines if you’re interested in learning how to adapt and expand your own creative career.  Show Highlights: Starting street magic Recognizing the pivot point in a career Figuring out how to live with a disease The importance of reaching out Getting buyers attention Becoming the conjurer Creating a unique way to perform in a saturated market Trusting the audience Organically developing an act Explaining a nontraditional career to others Training people in y

  • 64: Greg Frisbee, Leveraging Your Strengths!

    18/09/2018 Duração: 39min

    Finding your passion can be difficult especially if it isn’t a traditional path but Greg Frisbee always knew he wanted to perform. Overcoming his shyness and fear of failure, Greg took a leap of faith and has become an incredible juggler and comedian. He has performed in all 50 states, over 30 countries, and does over 300 shows a year. His show is fun, goofy, and creates a family-friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines to hear more about how Greg utilized obstacles to establish his career. Show Highlights: Taking the plunge as a full-time performer Marketing to fairs Breaking news to close family The journey of establishing a show Struggles with putting a show together Trial and error The importance of treating others with respect How a performance can be a form of meditation Being present in the moment Struggling with being insecure as a performer Alternative pursuits if performing fails Creating healthy relationships with f

  • 63: Creating Magical Whimsical Characters with Marco Landin and Heather Hyde de Landin

    11/09/2018 Duração: 28min

    The fair industry has some jaw-dropping and mind baffling acts but some acts set the bar higher than others. Marco Landín and Heather Hyde de Landin are creative and talented performers. From costumes to technique, this power couple has raised the bar for all stilt walkers and performers. Their acts are exotic and bring a sense of newness through their full fire performances and stilt creatures. They have perfected the art of embodying whimsical characters and creating a dreamlike atmosphere. Join Alan Bruess and Eric Haines in this episode of Tailgate Entertainer to learn more about creating a magical world.  Show Highlights: Being introduced to variety entertainment  Sharing the miracle of newness  Bringing something new to the table  Creating art to be proud of  Being an influencer through personal art  Creating opportunities for others  Finding ways to speak without words  Design techniques and creating unique shows  Creating blueprints and refining details  Finding balance  How passion pushes you forwar

  • 62: World Record Holder and Master of Physical Comedy - Alex Zerbe

    04/09/2018 Duração: 33min

    Alex Zerbe has been performing for more than 15 years. He is a master of physical comedy, juggling, and magic. Alex is known as “The Zaniac” which was an idea from his wife. Many love his high energy throughout his performances and his super kind soul, and intelligence. He is a two-time Guinness World Record holder who was voted Seattle's Funniest Prop Comic. He performs in fairs, schools and special events. He is a fantastic entertainer and loves his job as an entertainer. More in this episode: Physical issues that can be challenging in his performances in the future. The First Fair that he worked at. Lessons that he learned during his first fair job. Advice he would give about working in the fair industry. How has his marriage dealt with all the traveling associated with performing? How much he loves his job and performing. He would love to mentor and help other entertainers Where he goes for mentoring and guidance? When and how he began performing. Some of his beats! Resources Mentioned in the Show: Art

  • 61: Creating Memorable Performances and Sustainable Shows with Ivan España and Allison Blej

    28/08/2018 Duração: 27min

    For many performers, the circus has been a way of life for as long as they can remember. Ivan España is a fifth-generation circus performer and is currently creating and performing in shows with his wife Allison. They both have a heart and passion for the industry and dedicate a surplus of hard work and time to each and every show. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer to hear more about their journey and their current production, The Great Mr. Swindles Peculiarity. The Great Mr. Swindle’s Traveling Peculiarium and Drink-Ory Garden is an original production by Salto Entertainment of Englewood, an entertainment group with a decade of live family entertainment production experience. Salto Entertainment’s production and performance credits include the motorcycle madness of Moto Maniacs, the aerial antics and death-defying stunts of the steampunk-themed production FLIPPIN, and co-producers of CIRQUESA – Dream Quest, a journey of self-discovery as told through circus artistry. Salto Entertainment is owned

  • 60: The Show Bros™: A Super Show of Mind & Magic

    21/08/2018 Duração: 45min

    Building and creating a unique act is a major accomplishment but it is even more valuable when you get to perform with a close friend. Illusionist Adam The Great and Tyzen The Comedy Hypnotist, also known as the Show Bros™, are two close friends who have established a remarkable show together and continue to create innovative material. Combining two great talents with amazing shows on their own, they have created an amazing new show, called The Show Bros™, which highlights the best of both shows. In this episode, we go behind the scenes and find out the origins of this synergistic show.  The unique thing about this show is that Tyzen and Adam actually perform together - this combination of talents is compelling entertainment! The show is still very new, but is already getting rave reviews and is destined to be one of the greats! Show Highlights: Making connections through the fair Being a role model for children Maintaining a friendship through working together The challenges of marketing for a theatre Issue

  • 59: Finding Innovative New Talent for the Fair Industry with Tom Sailor

    14/08/2018 Duração: 37min

    There is a surplus of talent, acts, and shows in the fair industry. Many of the performances have been around for hundreds of years, but some of them recently have sprung and become popular over the last few decades. Tom Sailor has invented and innovated multiple aspects of the fair industry and currently works with Winter Set Concert Events. He has years of experience and insight on the fair industry that is unique to his creative perspective. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with your hosts, Alan Bruess and Eric Haines, if you’re interested in how to break through the industry and taking risks. How life led Tom into the fair industry Belly Bucking The birth of male strippers Women’s mud wrestling Taking mud wrestling to fairs Creating a bungee diving show The biggest competition in the fair industry What the industry is missing Thinking outside of the box Areas that lack talent and room for opportunity The importance of a personal relationship Breaking through into the industry Not comparing

  • 58: Lessons Learned from 30 Years as a Full Time Entertainer with Todd Victor

    07/08/2018 Duração: 35min

    Anyone can be a performer, but only hard-working and dedicated individuals become a great performer. It takes many years and lots of practice to establish a name and create a timeless act, which is why not many people make it as a full-time entertainer. Todd Victor has been a full-time entertainer for over 30 years and has created beautiful stages to host various acts, he coaches entertainers, and has established a successful mentoring program to boost other performers. Tune into this episode of Tailgate Entertainer with Alan Bruess and Eric Haines to see how you can bring your art to market and take the next steps to improve your performance.    Show Highlights: Moments that led up to being in the fair industry  Giving advice to yourself in the past  Taking care of yourself and being innovative  Adjusting the show to fit where you’re at in life  Reducing wear on your body  What needs the fair-grounds can provide for performers Pros and cons of working with your spouse How unique makeup affects business  For

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