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Portrait of Gooferman


About Gooferman

San Francisco, CA

In the summer of 2001, the gods got stoned and, among other miscues, let loose upon the Earth what would amount to one of the modern age's most innovative, inexcusable oddities:

Behold GOOFERMAN, kings of klown-fi and master purveyors of ding-dong euphonics!

Based in San Francisco, GOOFERMAN originally materialized as an unsanctioned back-alley experiment in lo-brow, improvisational aural expression. Then things turned electronic; things got carbonated. This led to that, and that to this: A trip to Miami's Winter Music Conference in 2003 pushed one too many buttons, and the gods of the Red Nose spoke: "Abandon all pretense. Gather the klowns. Fight the power." So the klowns were gathered. The power was fought. Pretense was shoved off a cliff.

Thus, in August of 2004, GOOFERMAN found themselves out at Burning Man, land of the truly strange and eccentric, tripping just the right amount of balls on a perfectly Technicolored, junkyard stage. The klowns' instruments - some conventional, some not so - took on a life of their own. Things got hybridized; things got thumpity. And once the dust settled, it became plainly evident that GOOFERMAN had undergone its own Big Bang.

Behold GOOFERMAN: an ever-morphing micro circus of klown-fi and auxiliary circus performers built on an entirely unique bedrock of breakbeat, funk, drum & bass, raggaeton, rock, hip hop, and whirled beat, all parlayed to the audiences of the world by a new-fangled, super-styled breed of klown. Pack DNA from Oingo Boingo, Fatboy Slim, George Clinton, Soul Coughing, Basement Jaxx, Prince, The Police, and Looney Tunes into an Amsterdam cafè pipe, sneak it into a big top, inhale, exhale, and you've pretty much got the picture.

Gooferman's performed throughout the US -- including festival appearances at Vegoose, Bumbershoot, Download, New Orleans Jazz Festival, Burning Man, Electric Daisy Carnival, and Lightning in a Bottle -- while purveying their signature klown-fi through endless local and regional high-octane micro-circus spectacles both above and underground (including SF's acclaimed Bohemian Carnival, with co-host and frequent collaborator, the Vau de Vire Society).

As of last year's Lightning in a Bottle (in Santa Barbara, CA), Gooferman now also offers a van-top show as an alternative to our stage show: a turn-key, fully self-contained (power, tech, etc.) presentation featuring Gooferman klowns and auxiliary performers performing atop and around Gooferd, our circusified '66 Chevy Van.

Sinisterly familiar, informally peculiar...brought to you without commercial interruption...Such bump! Such grind! A living, breathing carnival of a cartoon! This, yes THIS, is GOOFERMAN!

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