updated 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 03/11/1985 AT 01:00 AM EST
Eisenberg has been clowning since he was a boy in Atlanta. At 13, he and a friend formed a juggling act called the Throw-Ups. He resumed his theatrical career one rainy afternoon in college when he ran into the theater for cover. Auditions were being held for a play, and Eisenberg ended up with a small part. After studying with master mime Jacques LeCoq in Paris, he spent a nomadic decade performing in small theaters and comedy clubs around the U.S. Producer Jack Garfein caught Avner's act and decided that Eisenberg should take his show to New York.
Like many clowns, Avner is very serious about his craft. "Clowns are always thought to be children's entertainment," he says, "not good enough for adults." New York theatergoers clearly disagree.