Kiva Murphy



Comedy, Clowning & Stand up

Alpha Delta 86, NYC 2016

Alpha Delta 86, NYC 2016

Clowning in spain and Abroad

Kiva has been working in comedy for well over a decade. Having trained with clown maestros such Philippe Gaulier and Desmond Jones as well as studying in Ecole Jacques Lecoq in Paris. She has always had an interest in comedic characters and prides herself on her spontaneity and ability to work with the crowd.

Her comedy work began quite randomly when she was 18 when she started off working as a clown doctor with the Irish Humour Foundation in Dublin, visiting children in hospitals with a mixture of clowning, storytelling, puppeteering and general madness. Here she trained with John Paul Bell as well as studying in Trinity College Dublin and Gaiety Improvisation Group

This work led her to London where she worked with Finger in the Pie theatre and the Theodora Foundation once again as a clown doctor. Carrying on her clown and character training with workshops with Aitor Bassuri, Doctor Brown and Gaulier.

Whilst in London she set up Alakazam Events, an entertainment agency based in the UK providing clowns,  magicians, venue decorators and more for all events in the greater London area. 

She has frequently played comedic roles such as in the recently award winning show Caballo Negro, Caballo Blanco which has a Barcelona tour in 2016. 

As of 2016 Kiva has also branched out into the stand up scene. Performing her skits and character based comedy shows around Barcelona on the comedy circuit to great success. She uses the honesty and absurity of her clowning to bring hilarious characters to life to tell stories and ancedotes that all Irish seem to be born with.

She is taking her latest show 'Love?' to Brighton Fringe in May 2017.

Hello Telephones, Portugal 2015

Hello Telephones, Portugal 2015

Can ducks fly theatre

In 2014 she set up the theatre company Can Ducks Fly with her co- creator/ comedian Filipa Mendes. Their last three shows have toured New York, Canada, Portugal, England and

Their new show is a two hander called Alpha Delta 86 about two clown spies working in the cold war. The show was a rousing success and had a sold out run in Canada as well as winning the Judges' Choice Award in Ottawa Fringe. The show is to go on tour in late 2017.

Can Ducks Fly regularly perform in the comedy circuit and have a variety of cabaret length 10-20 minute comedic and musical shows that can be performed in a variety of languages.

They are artists in residence in Sala Sandaru and Rai Teatro, creating their shows in collaboration with these two artistic institutions of Barcelona. 

“Kiva and Filipa are two of the most talented, exciting and interesting performers I’ve seen in a very long time... I was thoroughly impressed”
— Ronny Pascale, Artistic Director, People's Improv Theatre NYC
Utterly Hilarious, Kiva brings a raw mixture of comedy and physical humour that you cannot help laugh at. *****
— Theatre Bubble UK




Kiva teaches workshops in both Clowning and Playfulness. 

Bring some humour into your office with clown and playfulness! Kiva along with her partner company Alakazam Events bring their many years of clown expertise into your workplace in both Spain and London. Kiva has years of training in performing, public speaking, improvisation and dealing with tricky situations in the most fun way possible. She will work on communication skills, body language, and use of play to add harmony, improve confidence, take smart risks, and overcome failures. Her workshops are completely bespoke start to finish. Bring in 2017 in style and add some laughter to your workplace. 

Bulgarian Pig living it up in Toronto, July 2016

Bulgarian Pig living it up in Toronto, July 2016

Clown and Playfulness workshops

Clown and Playfulness workshops