“The Knock’ Em Downs is an odd-ball pop-up show by local clowning royalty Clint Bolster and Annie Lee. Transforming a circus tent into an old sideshow, this experience was stocked with classic carnival games prepped and primed for audience participation.”
Nothing Ever Happens in Brisbane


If John Cleese had kids with Lucille Ball, the results might be Bolster and Lee.

With their strong rapport, Annie and Clint became creative collaborators in 2004 and have continued to develop characters to play together ever since. From crazy male duos and siblings of all sorts to mother and son teams and various clowns, these two talents have paired their uniquely funny souls with considerable skills to significant effect.  Bolster, and Lee employ their individual differences in height, sex and age to particular advantage. Together they create warm and relatable characters in their endearing nature yet curiously unsettling in their imposing eccentricities. This distinctive duo possesses an outlandishly powerful sense of the ridiculous that will make you laugh and wonder…what might happen next?


Take a trip back in time to the side shows of old…

The Knock’ Em Downs is a comically interactive and visually engaging trip back in time to the side shows of old. Step inside the colorful carnival tent and experience a crazy world of fun and games, where nostalgia has taken a curious twist and the carnies have turned into clowns! Meet Bernie & Roach, two fools who are out to fool you. With Bernie & Roach, you can expect more than just a tasty bite… Featuring a variety of sideshow games sure to test your skill, with big prizes to be won, this oddball encounter will have you wishing you’d brought along your granny.

“A smash hit, brilliant and hilarious.”
Brisbane Festival 

Audience Member

“This oddball encounter is guaranteed to make you laugh!”
Theatre Haus

“Lee and Bolster were painfully ambivalent, even indifferent, to anyone and everyone’s presence. And best of all, when the audience’s participation didn’t cut the mustard, they did not attempt to hide their disappointment. If your ball-throwing skills were aimless, you knew it. You knew it if you took too long to hand over your ticket. If your hoop throws onto the pointy clown noses were lacklustre, you knew it. And not just because of the clown’s body language – with impatient eyes and slouched shoulders – but also because of the ‘loser’ sound queue they’d hit each time someone’s efforts deserved public condemnation. I’m sure you’re reading this thinking, ‘that sounds bloody awful, but rest assured, everyone left the tent smiling. I couldn’t tell you how, but under the clown’s eye rolls and sighs, there was something so lovable. Even the little baby in front of me who sat atop the clown’s table was smiling furiously, which only made the clown’s eye rolls bigger and their sighs louder.”
Nothing Ever Happens In Brisbane



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100% Visual content
No Dialogue
Wheel Chair Access
Stobe Lighting
Sudden Loud Sound Affects