Hi! I’m Phoole! My actual first name is two first names: Ann-Elizabeth. I usually go by just “A-E” in person when I’m not being Phoole. I host Phoole and the Gang live on Friday nights from 19:00 Central US time - we’ve been on the air for over 6 years!
The name “Phoole” is an alternate spelling of the word “fool,” which is really what I am - I began my career in entertainment back in 1990 performing as a walkaround character in Shakespeare festivals and 16th-century reenacting events as Jane the Phoole, my comic interpretation of the real-life Jane the Fool, who was a court jester in England during the reigns of Mary Tudor (“Bloody Mary”) and Elizabeth I. My jester career has taken me everywhere in space and time - I’ve been named Milwaukee’s Official Fool, competed in International Jester Tournaments, entertained crowds at the home of the original Tom Fool at Muncaster Castle in Cumbria UK, and made millions of people happy!
My fool experience has also led to my teaching career - I’ve trained hundreds of walkaround entertainers who now make millions more people happy at theme parks and fringe festivals around the world, and I’ve published two books and led workshops for every kind of industry on how and why to interact with other people.
Music has always been a huge part of my life too - my Dad Dan Shapera is a professional bebop jazz bassist and has been a cornerstone of Chicago’s bebop scene since the 1950s; my brother Joe is the greatest living avant-garde jazz drummer, and Art Blakey told him so, so it must be true! My sole regret in my life is that I gave up piano after playing for ten years, at the age of 15; I’ve tried to make up for it by playing everyone else’s music ever since. I made the leap from relentless-mixtape-making to DJ-streaming in 2013 when Sacha Wall recruited me to her Ideal Clubworld Radio resident roster; since then, Phoole and the Gang has grown exponentially to the underground entertainment empire it is today, with Phooligans on every continent and in every timezone “staying up all thing” for music, friends, Uncle Fweddy, and fun on Friday nights!
The Phoole Patreon Platoon powers the Phooliverse: https://patreon.com/phoole
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