Unique Derique

1FOOL LA LA!

Written and Performed by Unique Derique

MUST CLOSE January 21!

December 30 – January  21 | Berkeley

Friday, December 30 – 2pm
Saturday, January 7 – 2pm
Saturday, January 14 – 2pm
Saturday, January 21 – 2pm

FAMILY FUN Intro to Juggling and Hambone after the show! (20 minutes)

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“Saw the show today and can confirm that this is 50 minutes of goofball ridiculousness worth braving the rain for. Don’t be surprised if you become part of the show!”Alice Lin of Yerba Buena

“I took my son three times to see Unique Derique.” — Bay Area Mom

“Mom, I laughed so hard I peed my pants.” — S.F. Fan

(Five Stars) “He is so charming, funny, talented, lovely and spontaneous. Fun for grown-ups as well as kids. He made mistakes but turned them all into something silly and funny. What a fun event for some holiday (or any day) entertainment.”

Anonymous Goldstar Member Review

“Totally funny, uplifting and mesmerizing. I want my kids and the kid in me to remember the valuable life lessons I came away with after seeing this show and participating in the workshop. Lance is definitely unique and innovative, plus a truly inspiring role model and teacher.” — Anonymous Marsh Patron

“Derique – Great Show – Love it!” — Anonymous Marsh Patron

“Feeling Fool La La. Thank you, Lance!” — Anonymous Marsh Patron

“Derique will be back; remember the name.” — SF Chronicle Examiner

“Derique…, demonstrated his rapid-fire hands as they passed over his body in a blur of motion.” — SF Chronicle Examiner

“Leaves them Laughing coast to coast.” — SF Chronicle Examiner

“He plays himself and the result, percussive and dynamic, is exhilarating.” — SF Examiner

Bay Area’s hardest working beloved fool, Unique Derique, is back on the scene with a Fun-derful Extravaganza in “Fool La La” at The Berkeley Marsh.

Join this exhilarating family fun by laughing and dancing with Unique Derique.

Artist Biography

Internationally acclaimed “Prince of Fools” Unique Derique has appeared everywhere from South Africa to South Korea, from Edinburgh to Taipei, London, Paris, Tokyo, Acapulco and Kuala Lumpur— and has shared the stage with such entertainers as Bobby McFerrin, The Temptations, Laura Nyro, Jim Nabors, Tuck and Patti, Lou Rawls, and Sammy Davis, Jr.  His television credits include appearances on It’s Showtime at the Apollo, the Disney Channel, KQED’s Spark, Univision’s Sábado Gigante Internacional, he has hosted KQED’s Emmy-winning show “Short Stories and Tall Tales,” and was recently interviewed on San Francisco’s KALW radio. Now he unveils his latest hijinks in Fool La La, his annual holiday show for all ages at The Marsh Berkeley Arts Center.

After learning Hambone body percussion and beginning his clown training at the age of 15 with Berkeley’s Circus A La Mode, Derique later joined San Francisco’s famed Pickle Family Circus and Make*A*Circus. Over the years, this multi-talented artist has nurtured and refined his skills in a range of creative pursuits including physical comedy, electronic body music, juggling, acrobatics, and unicycling, and spent several years as Program Director for Children’s Fairyland Circus Arts Camp. For the past 21 years, he’s been an artist-in-residence with the Prescott Circus Theatre in West Oakland, teaching Hambone body percussion and circus skills to new generations of performers.

When he’s not entertaining audiences as Unique Derique, Lance McGee holds an M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a concentration in Drama Therapy. His past work includes counseling youth and families as a Mental Health Clinician with Oakland’s East Bay Agency for Children, as well as working in Richmond schools with the Mindful Life Project. Additionally, he has led mindfulness training and workshops for non-profit organizations, colleges and educational systems throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Currently, as a Wellness Consultant, he provides support to Oakland middle-school teachers teaching stress-reduction and self-care practices with a goal of improving teacher wellness and teacher-student classroom relationships.

Press & Media

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Show Info

Tickets: $12 – $35 sliding scale | $55 & $100 Reserved Seating
3 Additional Saturdays Added!

Friday, December 30 – 2pm
Saturday, January 7 – 2pm
Saturday, January 14 – 2pm
Saturday, January 21 – 2pm

60 minutes | No Intermission | All Ages

For more information on the sliding scale ticketing policy, late seating and reserved seating please click here.