A born showman and expert in both circus artistry and comedy, Mario comes brimming with unbridled passion. The Latin lothario's hilarious full-length show and irresistable variety numbers have wooed audiences all over the world. Mario's unique mix of complex juggling tricks and universal sex appeal can only find release in the arena-rocking anthems of his favorite supergroup, Queen.
Mario is the creation and alter ego of Clarke McFarlane, a New Jersey-born and New York City-schooled performer.
First developed for the Off-Broadway hit Planet Banana, the character of Mario went solo in 2005 with his outdoor international festival show. Mario: Queen Of The Circus quickly became a festival favorite and has toured solidly since its inception. Mr. McFarlane performs Mario in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish and has done so from Eurasia to the Antipodes.
“…Star of the show, surely, is Mario, the world's biggest Queen fan, whose juggling rendition of Another One Bites The Dust defies belief” - The Scotsman '08
“Eccentric sense of humor and a playful bawdiness!” - The New York Times
“…Funny, sexy, talented” - The Scotsman '05
“Too silly for words, and great fun!” - The Australian
“…He clearly loves the crowd - the feeling is mutual” - The Adelaide Messenger
Competitions in the arena of artistic accomplishment are always complete bullshit... unless you win. Here are some fair and objectively distributed prizes from around the world that Mario has won:
The Olivier Award for Best Entertainment 2009: La Clique [Ensemble Member]
The Argus Award for Artistic Excellence Brighton Fringe Festival 2008
Public Prize 2008 Festival Internacional de Teatro y Artes Calle Valladolid
Public Prize 2007 Street Performance World Championships Dublin, Ireland
Public Prize 2006 Attendorn Gauklerfest Attendorn, Germany
Public Prize 2005 Ghent International Street Theater Festival Ghent, Belgium