Laughter League is the flagship program of Slappy & Monday’s Foundation for Laughter, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley have been life partners and performing partners for the past twenty years, during which time they have headlined at circuses and festivals worldwide including Circus Sarasota, The Big Apple Circus, The Lone Star Circus, Hanneford Circus, Circo Atayde and Ringling Bros., and Barnum & Bailey.
They created the clown troupe, The New York Goofs, Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse, and the Funnyatrics Clown Program. They have now brought all endeavors under the label, Laughter League, which is a non-profit organization. You can currently see Laughter League clowns at Boston Children’s Hospital, Hasbro Children’s Hospital, Cook Children’s Medical Center, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, and at public schools and libraries across Texas.
They most recently co-produced The Petite Palace, Big Fun in a Tiny Tent on the banks of White Rock Lake in collaboration with the Bath House Cultural Center in Dallas. You can often find them performing Goofballs Cabaret at the Pocket Sandwich Theatre, or you can listen to their podcast, This American Goofball on iTunes. Monday and Riley’s mission is to prove that not only is laughter the best medicine, but that clowns are one of the best ways to inspire laughter and help people’s health improve.
Dick Monday was the Director of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College where he recruited and trained all the clowns for the Greatest Show on Earth. His extensive tv and film credits include Saved by the Bell, The Tonight Show, The David Letterman Show and Woody Allen’s Sweet and Lowdown. As well as having toured the world as a circus clown, Dick is a critically acclaimed theatre director who utilizes his knack for physical comedy and humor to bring a unique voice to the productions he directs. He co-founded the NY Goofs and is Artistic Director of Laughter League.
Tiffany was the first woman clown to be featured in The Big Apple Circus in NYC, and has performed in circuses, festivals and theatres worldwide with partner Dick Monday. She co-founded The Foundation for Laughter and leads the Laughter League Medical Clown Program. She holds a BFA in Acting from New York University, and recently completed her Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. In 2019, she will be publishing her first book, Beyond the Red Nose.
Member since ’07
Team Supervisor. Boss Clown, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. Performer, Kinoshita Circus, Japan, and AEMI Clown Festivals, China. Clown Coach, Circus Smirkus. Instructor, RBB&B Clown College, and NY Goofs Ultimate Clown School. Camp Clown, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Impersonator, The Three Stooges, Live!, MGM Grand, Las Vegas. Stilt-Walking Entertainer, The Boston Red Sox, Fenway Park.
Member since ‘97
Boston theater artist for over twenty years and Co-Founder, Queer Soup Theater. Co-Creator/Performer, The Pineapple Project (children’s show celebrating gender diversity), Actor, Boston Playwright’s Theatre; Speakeasy Stage, Theater Offensive; Company One. Camp Clown, Hole in the Wall Gang Camp. Volunteer, Animal Rescue League; Patient and Family Advisory Council, Beth Israel Deaconess; Cambridge LGBTQ+ Commission, StageSource Board.
Member since ’95
This funny guy is a founding member and former supervisor. Graduate of Ringling Bros, and Barnum & Bailey Circus Clown College. Seven-year veteran Performer, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, Boston. Disneyland Performer. Comedy Magician and Juggler who has toured through New England performing in schools, libraries, and festivals.
Member since ’97
Brian is a multi-skilled award-winning entertainer who is honored to share special moments with amazing people at Boston Children's Hospital. At Fenway Park just look up and you'll see Big League Brian, iconic stilt-entertainer for the Boston Red Sox. He also earns good grades at schools where he creates and hosts educational programs. You might see him on TV, in commercials, or in movies. Like music? So does he – writing, recording albums, and playing tunes. A graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, supervising instructor for Big Apple Circus programs, and a collector of bad jokes, Brian is always ready to share a laugh.
Member since ’07
Selected Regional Theater credits: Grandma in Billy Elliot (Seacoast Repertory Theatre Portsmouth, NH.) Beauty & the Beast, Hairspray, ANNIE (Wheelock Family Theatre)Singin' In The Rain, The Music Man, Les Miserables, Fiddler, Guys & Dolls (Reagle Music Theatre), Christmas on the Air, MAME, Sinatra and Friends, (Greater Boston Stage Co.) Peter in Peter Pan. Meryl's one-woman show: The Best of Broadway & More with a Little Garland & Minnelli has taken her from Atlantic City to countless performances throughout New England.
Member since ’16
Hospital Clown since ’97
Jeff Smithson fosters the power of play in a wide variety of settings: from hospital rooms to classrooms; from board rooms to halfway houses. Through his consulting company, Proponent of Play, Jeff teaches Medical Professionals, Teachers, Parents and Parolees about Mindfulness and Movement. He is a founding member of both the NY Goofs and The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp’s Hospital Outreach Program. He is a graduate of Bates College, Ringling Clown College, and Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre.
Member since ‘06
Shawn Patrello has been performing and teaching improvisational comedy for almost 30 years, starting with Comedy Sportz/Ad-Libs, and then creating and directing his own improv comedy troupe, Rubber Chicken. He currently performs with Kidprov in area schools, and Fish Sticks, a Christian based comedy troupe in Dallas, TX. Shawn (Dr. Scribbles) has been a professional therapeutic clown since 2006, first with Funnyatrics and now with Laughter League in area pediatric hospitals. Shawn is also a character actor in the Dallas area, as well as a cartoonist and a ventriloquist.
Member since ‘06
Marcie was the first woman to write Marcie's bio. Marcie has always been silly, loud and the "class clown". Marcie is also an actress who has worked in film and television, but the Medical Clowning opportunity has been the one that she has really connected with. She was a founding member of Funnyatrics at Children’s and after a hiatus to bring to lovely children into the world, she returned to clowning with the Laughter League at Cook Children’s Medical Center in Ft. Worth as a founding member of the Laughter League.
Member since ‘06
Eric Binkowski has been a street performer and professional magician for the past twenty years. He started the first comedy magic shows at the Improv comedy theaters and is partners with a one of the best fortune telling performers and paranormal entertainment company in North Texas. Introduced to the world of therapeutic clowning by the Goofs in 2005 and taught the intricate world of hospital clowning through Funnyatrics, the first professional therapeutic clown program in Dallas and continues on with the work with Laughter League continuing learning and growing through this fascinating world.
Member since '14
Co-Founder, Manager and Instructor, Circus Up--Boston-based, social circus program. Performer/Instructor, Clowns Without Borders, Haiti, Palestine, among others places. Cruze Comics, Royal Caribbean, Doubles Aerial Act, Boston area. Toured with Imago Theatre. Leah holds an MA Degree in Environmental Law and Policy, Vermont Law School, and is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker from Simmons College.
Member since ‘14
A graduate of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, Grainger clowned with The Greatest Show on Earth, and has been featured in tv, film, and circuses worldwide, notably as Stan Laurel at Universal Studios Hollywood and in Universal’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Grainger managed the Salado Silver Spur Theater and the Silver Spur Arts Academy and was on the volunteer Fire Department. He loves working with the Laughter League at Cook Children’s Medical Center in his hometown, Fort Worth.
Member since ‘14
Susan has been clowning for over 20 years. She is an active member of 2 local Clown Alleys, the Texas Clown Association, Clowns of America International and the World Clown organization. She trained with The NY Goofs and Mooseburger and teaches Clowning at the University of Texas at Arlington. Her favorite job has been hospital clowning for the past 3 years at Cooks Children's Hospital.
Member since ’15
Clown and variety artist since 1978--magician, puppeteer, balloon artist, juggler, musician and stilt walker. Performer, AEMI Clown Festivals, China, as well as fairs, festivals, schools and colleges across the USA. Magician and Co-Producer of The Mystery Lounge in Somerville, MA. Medieval Trixter (Magician), King Richard’s Renaissance Fair. Avid Cyclist and Instructor, Indoor Cycling (Spin) Classes.
Member since ‘16
Jeremiah Johnson has been clowning in hospitals for 3 years. After receiving a BFA in Acting from Hardin-Simmons University, he moved to Dallas and has been acting and performing in numerous local theatres ever since. He has found a love of improv and magic while working as a Therapeutic Clown and is always looking for a chance to show off new skills!
Member since ‘18
Joy is overjoyed to be one of the newest Laughter League recruits! She has been clowning for 15 years, and has toured with Circus Smirkus, Ringling Brothers, and The Piccolini Trio. Her favorite things are dogs, food, traveling, making art, making friends, and especially making people laugh!
Member since ‘19
Julio Ramazini is from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He attended circus school in Rio De Janiero for 4 years where he was scouted by a Ringling Bros affiliate who offered him a contract on the spot. Julio is an accomplished circus juggler and all-around great circus performer who partners in performance with his wife Kelli Ramazini. When not performing, Julio is a circus coach in Dallas and clowns with The Laughter League in a variety of venues.
Member since ‘18
Kristin has been clowning for over 26 years. She has worked with Ringling Bros & Barnum and Bailey, had her own production company and now is thrilled to be working with the Laughter League. She truly believes that laughter is the best medicine and loves making people laugh and smile. She is the proud mother of two children who have learned the value of a sense of humor!
Member since ’17
Jenny the Juggler has been Boston's Best ("and Only") female professional juggler for over twenty years, creating fabulous unforgettable experiences through juggling, magic, music, face painting, balloons, "child whispering" and witty repartee. Becoming a hospital clown has been a welcome challenge and great honor for Jenny. Born in Oakland, California and raised on both coasts of the U.S., she now lives in Cambridge MA with her family of humans and furry four legged friends.