Geier performing as Puddles in Ghent, Belgium in 2014
|Occupation||Singer, Performance Artist|
|Height||6 ft 8 in (2.03 m)|
|Instruments||Voice, guitar, drums, bass guitar, harmonica|
|Associated acts||Postmodern Jukebox, Useless Playboys, Kingsized, Tongo Hiti|
Michael Geier (born March 12, 1964), known as Big Mike Geier, is a singer, entertainer, and leader of the band Kingsized, which is based in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S. Geier's most critically acclaimed act is his alter ego: a Pagliacci-type clown named Puddles Pity Party. As Puddles, Geier has appeared in YouTube videos since 2013, including some with Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox. Geier now performs almost exclusively as Puddles, marketing himself as nothing more than a delivery man.
Geier was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, the fifth of seven children of "Big Oz" and Peg Geier. He says that he "grew up in a houseful of giants", with his two brothers and four sisters all growing to at least 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m) in height. Geier is 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) tall. He grew up in Richmond, Virginia. Living in, and based in Atlanta since 1995, Geier is married to his business partner Shannon Newton.
In the early 1990s, Geier led a touring "Swing Noir" band, The Useless Playboys, before settling in Atlanta in 1995. Around this time, Geier started up his locally successful Elvis tribute band called Kingsized. Several years into Kingsized, Geier began experimenting with a clown themed side project called Greasepaint, which laid the foundation for his later alter ego, Puddles.
Puddles Pity Party
Originally, Puddles was a Shriner clown, but eventually developed into Puddles Pity Party, wearing the distinctive whiteface clown costume. Geier now considers himself and Puddles to be separate people, and refuses to break character for anything. Like Geier himself, Puddles has a baritone singing voice, and sings mostly covers of songs. Puddles has a depressed persona and refrains from speaking on stage or giving interviews. Puddles Pity Party performed in Aqua Teen Hunger Force's 2010 tour.
In 2011, Geier appeared regularly at the Manderley Bar in New York’s immersive theater show Sleep No More. In 2012, he moved to Seattle to appear in a European-style vaudevillian cabaret, Teatro ZinZanni. In 2013, he opened for Eels during their U.S. and European tour.
In October 2013, Geier recorded a cover of Lorde's "Royals" with Postmodern Jukebox on YouTube. As of August 2019[update], the video has been viewed over 26 million times. Lorde declared his cover to be her favorite cover of "Royals". Geier, in the persona of Puddles, has collaborated with Bradlee on YouTube several times since.
Since 2014, Geier has toured the world, playing concerts in the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, and Australia. On September 27, 2014, his live performance of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah", at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco, was filmed by director Gary Yost and was later described by HuffPost as "A Strange Kind Of Beautiful". As of August 2019[update] the video on YouTube had received over 7.1 million views.
In 2017 Geier, as Puddles, participated in season 12 of the reality series America's Got Talent. He advanced to the quarterfinals at the Dolby Theatre, where he performed his version of "Royals" and received an "X" from Simon Cowell. He was ultimately eliminated the following night. In October 2017 Geier, as Puddles, made an appearance in a Cartoon Network ad promoting new episodes of Teen Titans Go! and OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes. Geier previously collaborated with Cartoon Network's Sunday Pants series writing music for the show as well as playing the Slacks' band leader in the live action segments.
- 2015, Top Hat on Fleek, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: "Mad World" and "Viva la Vida"
- 2016, The Essentials, Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox: "Royals"
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- on YouTube
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