Around the Wood Stove Podcast

February 7th, 2012

I was interviewed on the “Around the Wood Stove Podcast” by Jason Mundok. Great guy and a great Podcast! Be sure to check it out.

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Back from the Future!

I’m back from the World Buskers Festival in Christchurch, NZ. I had a blast! A brief recap…

  1. Performed on the National NZ News (Click Video Below).
  2. Saw where Frodo lives (See the “Lord of the Rings” Trilogy).
  3. Performed for 1000s of people (See photo above & Click for more pictures).
  4. I got to live February 1st twice because of my flights and the time difference. One day off from re-living Ground Hog Day (See “Ground Hog Day” Starring Bill Murray – Even if you have seen it before).

Advice to live by: “If you flip your air hockey table upside down, you get a hovercraft.”

Upcoming Public Shows:

Manhattan Magic in the heart of New York City

Friday, February 25, 2011
Times Square Arts Center, 669 8th Ave., New York, NY (Between 42nd and 43rd St.)
Strolling Magic at 6:30pm, Show at 7pm


Tilted Torch: But Wait! There’s More!

Friday, March 4, 2011
Red Palace, 1212 H Street NE, Washington, DC
Doors 9:00 pm, Show 10:00 pm, $10 adv, $15 door


I’ve been selected to showcase at the NACA MidAtlantic Festival SHOWCASE on March 11 & 12. I will be seen by dozens of Colleges & Universities from the East Coast. Hopefully they like me and bring me to their school!

More Details:

Coming Soon…

  • More Live Dates
  • Spring Adventures in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, and Other Spanish sounding towns
  • My braces are coming off!

The New Haven Register
November 11, 2010
By Jordan Fenster

NEW HAVEN — His name is Tony Juliano but, on stage, he goes by a different moniker.

When he’s wearing the great big top hat and is the master of ceremonies at the Forgot to Laugh sideshow and animation festival, he’s known as Tony Bologna. The Forgot to Laugh is his baby.

Juliano is an artist by vocation — his work has been exhibited all over, both inside and outside the United States — but call him up in the weeks before Forgot To Laugh and he might tell you to call back some other time, when he’s not setting up wires for the trapeze artist.

Forgot to Laugh brings together what could be called a motley assortment of talents. This year there’s a contortionist, a sword swallower, a pair of women who perform with LED hula hoops (known as Pam Terror and Dollie Danger), a world-class belly dancer and a death-defying juggler.

And then there’s the animation, which will include some of the field’s top names — Bill Plympton, Aardman Animations (the firm responsible for Wallace and Gromit and “Chicken Run”) and local animators KR47.

Forgot to Laugh — coming to the ACES Educational Center for the Arts on Saturday at 8 p.m. — is really Juliano’s way of bringing to the stage the two things about which he has the most passion: “Circus and cartoons.” But it’s not for kids.

For example, contortionist Jonathan Burns said that while other contortionists come from circus families or learn their art through gymnastics, “A lot of the things I do are tricks that I used to do to gross out girls in gym class.”

Burns’ act can be gross, he admits, but his intentions have always been toward comedy and the show is “very comedy oriented.”

Though he started out as a magician, he said his idols were comedians, like Steve Martin and Bill Cosby.

“The weird bendy stuff kind of happened on its own,” he said.

When asked how he manages to find such varied performers for Forgot to Laugh, Juliano said it’s a group of people he’s grown acquainted with over the years.

“Most of them kind of became my friends,” he said.

Still, as Forgot to Laugh has grown, so has the list of people interested in performing.

“Basically I meet people all the time,” Julian said. There was even a different contortionist, a woman from Spain, who expressed interest. Juliano, though, insists on paying all his performers and didn’t think the show could afford the cost of a round-trip flight from Spain.

That being said, Forgot to Laugh did manage to turn a profit last year, though Juliano was surprised.

“It’s hard to believe,” he said.

This year’s Forgot to Laugh — the fourth annual — features a few surprises, too. Juliano as Tony Bologna will conduct a contest the prize for which is a date with one of the members of the KR47 crew.

“Are they at all good looking?” the intrepid reporter asked Juliano.

“Not really, that’s the funny thing about it,” Juliano said. One he described as a bit overweight with a beard, the other as the skinny, nerdy type, though he said “they’re very funny in their own ways.”

Of course, he’s not being too serious — the contest is just a bit of fun.

“If the date does happen, that’s great, but it’s between them,” he said.

In addition, this year’s Forgot to Laugh will feature John DeStefano, the mayor of New Haven, though it’s a subject about which Juliano is not very apt to speak. He would say very little but he did confirm the following: “The actual Mayor DeStefano is going to be kind of introducing the show.”

He refused to elaborate.

The Jay Leno Show

October 16th, 2009

Jonathan Burns on The Jay Leno Show: Meal or No Meal

Jonathan Burns appeared on The Jay Leno Show on October 15, 2009 and performed his underwear trick (check out the video above). It was for a segment called Meal or No Meal, and the guest judges were Band Leader: Kevin Eubanks, Former Intern & TV Personality: Ross Mathews, and Comedian and Ventriloquist: Jeff Dunham & Walter.

A BIG Thanks to everyone who stayed up to watch!