Clownvis Presley – website biography

Hailing from the mean streets of St. Louis, MO, Clownvis Presley has accomplished more in the past few years than most entertainers achieve in their whole careers. In addition to hosting his own monthly variety show and MCing countless events, his charisma and superior singing voice have earned him opening slots on quite a few high-profile shows. He has toured extensively and performed with superstars such as Little Richard, Neil Hamburger, the Dresden Dolls, and Tim Heidecker (of Tim and Eric fame) — all of which has earned him the title “King of Clowns.”

Thanks to a controversial appearance on NBC’s America’s Got Talent, Clownvis is now familiar to millions of people around the planet. His phenomenal audition must be seen to be believed (maybe even more than once). Haven’t seen it? Check out the videos section of this site.

Now based in Los Angeles, Clownvis is ready to rock the entertainment world. Much more than just a party clown, this showman does it all. In addition to hosting music awards, festivals, fundraisers and burlesque revues, Clownvis is also a good guy, donating his talents to charity events and non-profit organizations.

Mr. Presley’s diverse show is loved by a variety of audiences, which has allowed him to perform at theaters, bars, kids parties, biker rallies, store openings and nursing homes. Audiences of all ages appreciate the core of his show — his singing. Clownvis croons both classic covers and originals, including audience favorites like “Barack O’s Tacos” and the Golden Girls theme song, “Thank You For Being a Friend.”

Clownvis is a natural daredevil on stage, using dangerous items like fireworks, topless girls and his own invention, the Anti-Gravity Freedom Rocket ™. He hosts a true variety show. He might take a phone call from Chubby Checker, perform magic or host his own commercial break. On stage, he is flanked by members of the Clownvis Mafia, including his business manager, Narvel P. Tuffnuts and his musical director, Teddy Longsworth. You never know what to expect, but you know you will be a lifelong Clownvis fan by the curtain call.

Clownvis’ legendary stage show is more in demand than ever. Clownvis shines brightest when he’s in the spotlight, and in addition to scheduling live shows in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, he is busy booking a North American tour. The King of Clowns is also producing a comic book and a series of video shorts. He plans to host a television show and headline Las Vegas. Viva Clownvis!

(Clownvis and I wrote this bio together for his website.)

Clownvis Presley

Local Motion: Clownvis Presley
10 p.m. Wednesday, January 24. Way Out Club (2525 South Jefferson Avenue).
By Jaime Lees
Published: January 17, 2007

Elvis Presley is dead, but his ghost is alive and shakin’ his polyester-covered ass all over town in the form of Clownvis Presley, the side project and alter-ego of 7 Shot Screamers frontman Mike Leahy (who, naturally, dresses and acts like Elvis, but has the painted face and sly demeanor of a circus clown). Clownvis is an old-time “song-and-dance guy,” a true performer who will do anything for a laugh; he’s just as likely to sing as he is to pull a string of handkerchiefs out of his nose. This week he’s debuting a vaudeville-type show at the Way Out Club: In addition to performing impressive Elvis covers in a bedazzled white jumper, Clownvis will play host to a variety of guests, including burlesque dancers, bands, singers and comedians.