He's close to 7 feet tall, and he wears clown makeup that makes him look like a cross between Pagliaccio and Pennywise.
But when he opens his mouth to sing, glorious sounds emerge.
He's Puddles Pity Party, aka "the Clown With the Golden Voice." He'll be at the State Theatre in St. Petersburg tonight.
Puddles is the internet sensation du jour. Youtube videos of him covering such familiar songs as Lourdes' "Royals," Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" and Sia's "Chandelier," sometimes backed by a chamber ensemble, have garnered millions of views.
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He also gained fame and notoriety when he toured as the opening act for acclaimed alt-rock band Eels last year, and reportedly punched Eels frontman Mark Oliver Everett in the face onstage at one gig.
It's impossible to deny that there's a novelty-act element to Puddles Pity Party's performance, but his voice is undeniably gorgeous and his arrangements are truly lovely. Many of his cover versions -- and that's pretty much all he does -- are markedly superior to the original versions.
Puddles' real name, by the way, is Michael Geier. He's more-or-less normal-looking in real life and he works a lot with the Cartoon Network's "Adult Swim." And although a lot of sources say Puddles is 7 feet tall, Geier's own webste says he's a mere six-foot-eight.
Details: 7:30 p.m. (doors) Dec. 18, State Theatre, 687 Central Ave., St. Petersburg. Tickets: $25-$35 plus service charge. Information: 727-895-3045, statetheatreconcerts.com
-- Marty Clear