John J. Walther – Papino

John J. Walther, aka “Papino,” has been working with the Zoppé family for twenty four years. Starting out as the show’s sound engineer, John has since worked his way up to his current position as Technical Director.

John fell in love with and married Tosca Zoppé in 1997. He considers himself to be the most blessed man in the world, to have both a woman and a job that he loves.

John took on the role of Papino, a classic European white face clown, in 2005. He loves the interaction between Nino and his character: “Who else gets to slap his brother-in-law twice a day, and three times on Saturday?”