Wednesday, March 4, 2020

ACEO Clowns #163 & #164 "Shirley et Dino"

Clown #163 "Shirley" Clown #164 "Dino"  
acrylic on paper, 
2 ½” x 3 ½” (64 x 89 mm), 2020

Corinne Benizio ("Shirley", born 1962) and Gilles Benizio ("Dino", born 1957), are a French comic duo known by their stage name Shirley et Dino. The couple met at university in 1982, married in 1985, and made their debut the same year with the stage name "Achilles Tonic". In several of their shows, the duo depicted touching stories about unsuccessful naïve clowns. 
Corinne and Gilles created the characters "Shirley and Dino" during an improvisation internship with Ariane Mnouchkine in 2002, and their frequent skits on Patrick Sébastien's TV show "Le plus grand Cabaret du Monde" (The Greatest Cabaret Show of the World) made them famous in France. The release of clips from that show on YouTube in 2011 made them famous around the world, ( watch them on this link) with more than 2 million views. In 2003 they received the Mulier prize for their "Le Duo" show, as the "Best Sketch Show of the year". According to the official website , Their DVD was sold in more than 1 million copies.

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