Michel Lauzière, a visual humorist, fantasy artist, musician and creative performer, will entertain Sunday, April 4, as part of Gould Academy’s Performing Arts Series.

Lauzière is a master in grasping audience members’ attention and drawing them into his world of the unusual. He is also known for his original and unique sight gags.

With his talent, he can make music out of anything. This includes his “dishophone,” a combination of water pistols and dishes that creates original versions of “Santa Lucia” and “O sole mio.”

Audience members also can rock along with his one man band, listen to classical favorites as he contorts his body in the “hornophone” suit and see audience members chime along in the bells orchestra.

Lauzière’s signature number, “The Balloon Man,” was created in the ’80s and has earned him international recognition. Astonished crowds watch as he enters a giant balloon choreographed to the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey.”

After a 10-year career as the straight man in a comedy duo, Lauzière launched his solo career in 1988. His creative performances featuring impressive musical and visual effects earned him appearances on major TV shows.

His very first appearance on the national network in Japan was an instant success, attracting ratings of 60 percent. In 1990, he was invited to the American Comedy Awards. Since then, Lauzière has performed on many major networks, including Showtime, Comedy Central and HBO.

Lauzière has become one of the most sought after Canadian artists, who has performed in 45 countries.

This master of comedy and laughter will perform at 7:30 p.m. in Bingham Hall on the Gould Academy campus in Bethel.

Tickets are available at the door only. Admission is $4 for students and $6 for adults. For more information, people can call (207) 824-3575.


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