Skyline Sessions: Puddles Pity Party - "I Started a Joke" by The Bee Gees

  • Added:  6 months ago
  • The non-speaking, seven-foot-tall clown known as Puddles became a worldwide internet sensation in 2013 when a video of his baritone cover of Lorde’s “Royals,” a collaboration with the music collective Postmodern Jukebox, went viral (it now has over 17 million views). Since then, Puddles has produced several more viral videos, mostly covers of recent hit songs, and he has toured the U.S., Europe and Australia.
    Puddles Pity Party visited Houston Public Media’s Geary Studio while in Houston recently for a set of concerts at the Alley Theatre, presented by Lott Entertainment. He recorded the Bee Gees’ 1968 song “I Started a Joke,” and Sia’s 2014 hit single “Chandelier.”
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  • Tags for this video:  Puddles Pity Party  I Started a Joke  Bee Gees  Skyline Sessions  sad clown  Puddles  Houston Public Media  

Comments: 128

  • Mike Lazarus
    Mike Lazarus 18 hours ago

    Mike even makes the Bee Gees sound great ... and yes, most of my jokes have this effect

  • Robert Deering
    Robert Deering 1 day ago

    Puddles, please come to Alaska! I'm begging you!

  • Maggie Tolbertson

    I agree - Mr. Cellophane would be PERFECT 💕for you. Especially on AGT.

  • don1148
    don1148 2 days ago

    I cannot believe how many times I have listened to his various songs since he appeared on
    AGT. His personality, tonality, passion, visual inflections, and delivery are a fresh turn for an artist seeking to find his audience. May he succeed beyond his wildest hopes.

  • Jonny Johnsen
    Jonny Johnsen 2 days ago

    Finally someone who gives this song the voice it deserves! This is THE ultimate version for me.

  • Thomas Griffith
    Thomas Griffith 4 days ago

    Puddles is so weird but what a voice. What a conceptual way of performing. Kinda reminds me, a little, of Sara Brightman ( original Christine in Phantom of The Opera) amazing voice but so weird in performance.

  • Monte Lang
    Monte Lang 5 days ago

    Wow! Operatic it is. Emotional, focused, grand in its peaks. It is so wonderful to resurrect that great early Bee Gees hit. I used to listen to my 45 of it back in the 70s. I am more impressed and gratified with every song, Puddles. You are a gem.

  • Howard Roberson
    Howard Roberson 5 days ago

    hey puddles you're the hottest thing on YouTube and we love you yo man would you please do a version of the Valley of the Dolls theme song by Dionne Warwick that should be right up your alley. that's my mom's favorite song and I would like to introduce you to her through that song so please.

  • Christians Rising
    Christians Rising 5 days ago

    The thing is i dont know why i love this act but i just do

  • Caly Boo
    Caly Boo 5 days ago

    Wow, I've always loved this song but this is the best rendition of this song....Love it.

  • Sheena Wishon
    Sheena Wishon 6 days ago


  • S. W.
    S. W. 6 days ago

    Love how you and the camera men worked together to capture the drama of your facial expressions while telling the story of the song. This combination would work well for you on AGT.

  • WileyCoyote69
    WileyCoyote69 8 days ago

    This so needs to be his round 2 or round 3 AGT song

  • Butch Rupright
    Butch Rupright 8 days ago

    OOOooops, I meant AGT

  • Butch Rupright
    Butch Rupright 8 days ago

    I hope he does this on "The Voice"

  • casey jones
    casey jones 8 days ago

    Unbelievable voice

  • andrew pace
    andrew pace 8 days ago

    Americas got talent I was so happy to see you on TV cant wait to see what you sing next time you are my number one clown there is no other. I'm sad i did't see you when you where in Portland ' Dont ever stop being you '''''' From your number one fan Laura Pace

  • curtis raymond
    curtis raymond 8 days ago

    could you sing "Drive" (The Cars) for me please?

  • Darrell Tiencken
    Darrell Tiencken 9 days ago

    I love it can't see enough, he makes each song his own!

  • CockSprocket
    CockSprocket 9 days ago

    just a master entertainer at work here.

  • nancy cordero
    nancy cordero 10 days ago

    the Clown gimmick works!! Awesome facial but Puddles u do know that Every Clown tms his face! & sorry u STOLE the make-up outfit & crown! Damon Wayans! gay charcter from In living color won in 80s

  • Reza Hashemieh
    Reza Hashemieh 10 days ago

    You sound so much like Tom Jones . you should start singing some of his songs .

  • nancy cordero
    nancy cordero 11 days ago

    Dude that should be your Finale dont sing Over the rainbow!

  • Jan NIPPER
    Jan NIPPER 11 days ago

    I love when someone comes out from relative obscurity (to me anyway) and shakes up the old guard. Maybe music is going to start getting good again. I can't remember when I bought a CD last.

  • William Armstrong
    William Armstrong 12 days ago

    Wonderful  :Puddles great voice

  • WileyCoyote69
    WileyCoyote69 13 days ago

    all Puddles is good, but this song fits his theme so perfectly.

  • carolanne
    carolanne 14 days ago

    I love you

  • Howard Lewis
    Howard Lewis 14 days ago


  • Rodora Zuba
    Rodora Zuba 15 days ago

    "Big Mike ,"you're a genius for creating the Sad Clown Puddles Pity Party man. I just found out about you this morning and have been watching all of your videos. I feel better everytime I watch you sing. I hope you win the AGT 2017. It's time for you to shine ! You deserve it !

  • earl
    earl 15 days ago

    I hope you did this for AGT it would be perfect after chandelier. And it goes with the whole clown joke laugh cry theme.

  • Cory Gilliam
    Cory Gilliam 15 days ago

    Donald Trups theme song..... So damn timely, the joke hurts my heart yet I guess we have to accept it as we go down laughing ourselves into our graves. My favorite of Mr. Puddles videos so far. Houston Public Media did a fabulous job highlighting a sublime musical message.

  • Rogelio Bejarano
    Rogelio Bejarano 15 days ago

    please, please, please don't sell yourself to the music industry.

  • abee
    abee 16 days ago

    sing this on AGT. will suit very well!!! been watching u everyday!

  • aaron davis
    aaron davis 16 days ago

    Please cover Iggy pop Cry for Love.

  • MJ Buringot
    MJ Buringot 16 days ago

    the clown with a golden voice

  • Artagerges Davila
    Artagerges Davila 17 days ago

    Try " Sorry seems to be the hardest word" by Sir Elton John.

  • misshappynun
    misshappynun 17 days ago

    this is a good one for AGT , can't wait. it shows off your voice.

  • claudiazuma
    claudiazuma 18 days ago


  • claudiazuma
    claudiazuma 18 days ago


  • Van Epperson
    Van Epperson 19 days ago

    Oh please cover Sweet Transvestite from The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Your voice is fabulous.

  • rocky miller
    rocky miller 19 days ago

    Bravo.. best ever ..where you been hidding all these years are a Super Star ......

  • Tony Banke
    Tony Banke 19 days ago

    I hope he does this song on AGT - He is definitely a gem that just been discovered

  • Van Stiller
    Van Stiller 19 days ago


  • Diego Sangma
    Diego Sangma 20 days ago

    awwwwwww Puddles your voice... you make grown men cry

  • I. M.
    I. M. 20 days ago

    Your voice shines in this. Really interesting song. I just watched Bee Gees perform it recently on yt. Amazing songwriting.

  • Bob Panerio
    Bob Panerio 20 days ago

    Bad ass singer with soul. He doesn't just sing, he delivers an experience.

  • Karen Walker
    Karen Walker 20 days ago


  • Wade Ervin
    Wade Ervin 20 days ago

    i wish i had found this song when i lost my partner of 40 years passed he loved this song and i sure he would have loved it so i send this to you bobby i love and miss you so much...

  • Fred Eroh
    Fred Eroh 21 day ago

    I Love this guy what a great voice . I'm a new fan for sure !

  • P Baz
    P Baz 21 day ago

    I hope he sing this at AGT

  • ccea
    ccea 21 day ago

    I will never forget when he opened with this song at my first P3 show 2 years ago, hearing it live was absolutely stunning and literally knocked the wind out of me, leaving me fighting to hold back sobbing. No joke. Everyone must try their best to see him live sometime, trust me!

  • clowe73
    clowe73 22 days ago

    Frank ocean....strawberry swing please

  • Damian Pollman
    Damian Pollman 22 days ago

    we all love you, buddy.

  • hammersteve8
    hammersteve8 22 days ago

    I'm here listening once again, getting all emotional over a 6' 8" flipping clown with the voice of an angel. And the best bit is... I just don't care. He's truly superb.

    • VerilySaid
      VerilySaid 4 days ago

      Puddles. Period. Mystique is mystique.

    • Martin Craig
      Martin Craig 12 days ago


      And me. Far out, I came across Puddles (Mark Geier) just last week and I'm hooked. He's an amazing talent.

    • claudiazuma
      claudiazuma 18 days ago

      Me, too.

  • Malith Samarasigha
    Malith Samarasigha 22 days ago

    Nice one love it

  • Sal Guglielmino
    Sal Guglielmino 23 days ago

    Great. Great, great, great. Love the song and your version.

  • Mark Walrod
    Mark Walrod 23 days ago

    Awesome voice!

  • hammersteve8
    hammersteve8 24 days ago

    This guy is a fucking genius.

  • Profoundead
    Profoundead 24 days ago

    use this song for your next round on agt..youre so awesome man....

    • Profoundead
      Profoundead 24 days ago

      yeah, i agree this song would fit.. I am excited what he will perform next..

    • Big Dog
      Big Dog 24 days ago

      There's so many he could do, but this would fit the clown theme, what say you?

  • Jesus Arellano
    Jesus Arellano 24 days ago

    a new soul Awesome! we need more of this craft thank you Puddles

  • koetakoeto
    koetakoeto 24 days ago

    Всю жизнь боялся клоунов. Но этот просто красавчик!

  • Julie Ceo
    Julie Ceo 24 days ago

    American Got Talent 2017 bought me here!

  • Aprillee Owens
    Aprillee Owens 25 days ago

    One more.... Pink Floyd, "Have A Cigar" yeah....

  • Ryan Smith
    Ryan Smith 25 days ago

    Absolute and unadulterated genius.

  • Mario Jaggan
    Mario Jaggan 25 days ago

    You should sing this song next on AGT

  • Ray C. Merrill
    Ray C. Merrill 25 days ago

    This clown brought a tear to my eye.

  • big u
    big u 25 days ago

    Love the camera work. Genius.

  • Harold Joy
    Harold Joy 25 days ago

    let's hope America's Got Talent makes him there he should be
    was surprised that no one knew who he was last night

  • S. W.
    S. W. 25 days ago

    Do this one too for America's Got Talent. It shows your wonderful vocal ability with the dramatic appearance that is all you!

  • Big Dog
    Big Dog 26 days ago

    Holy shit!

  • Rafael Martin
    Rafael Martin 27 days ago

    Puddles please cover Creep by Radio Head.

  • Richard Ward
    Richard Ward 1 month ago

    This is an incredible performance.  I want Puddles to do Peter Gabriels "Mercy Street"

  • MrLhward
    MrLhward 1 month ago

    Puddles was made to sing this song.

  • contrafax
    contrafax 1 month ago

    knights in white satin moody blues

  • AA Qayan
    AA Qayan 1 month ago

    I still prefer Faith No Mores cover, but this is great. Both version sung better than the original

  • shavguru
    shavguru 1 month ago

    talk about ownership, dddaaammmmn!

  • shavguru
    shavguru 1 month ago

    Christ, in in tears over

  • Croiners
    Croiners 1 month ago


  • Keith Nordquist
    Keith Nordquist 1 month ago


  • Daniel Roach
    Daniel Roach 1 month ago

    One of my favorite Puddles videos and covers!

  • Daniel Weston
    Daniel Weston 1 month ago

    knew I heard a pedal steel LOL

  • Gary Francis
    Gary Francis 1 month ago

    This Dude is awesome i love it and i'm 70 years old rock on.

  • Vittorio Silva
    Vittorio Silva 1 month ago

    Smokey Robinson was right ...

  • ozmid40scouple
    ozmid40scouple 1 month ago

    Is there NOTHING this clown can't sing.........SUPERB!

  • gumby spoke
    gumby spoke 1 month ago

    I had asked if this was done by you n well here you are.

  • Lucian Nicholson
    Lucian Nicholson 1 month ago

    You are wonderful!! Come do a show here in Nashville. Please?!?!

  • Tomás Gimenez
    Tomás Gimenez 1 month ago

    Alucinante,pedazo de voz

  • Allen Woods
    Allen Woods 1 month ago

    You should take your talent to America's Got Talent. I bet you'd be a serious contender with your great reworks on these songs!!!!

    • Erik Peterson
      Erik Peterson 26 days ago

      So, I'm assuming that you *know* by now, right? :)

      He knocked it out of the ballpark!

  • toan nguyenle
    toan nguyenle 1 month ago

    Really want this song in my funeral!!

  • Ed Huss
    Ed Huss 1 month ago

    Everything is so good. My suggestions would be Paul Anka's Times of Your Life, or Roy Clark's Yesterday When I was Young.

  • stramayne
    stramayne 1 month ago

    Great vocals, but I have to say the delivery was slightly off. Robin Gibbs had the inflection just right your changes throw the song off just a bit.

  • tmage01
    tmage01 1 month ago

    He really should have played Eddie in that doomed Rocky Horror remake. At least then it'd had at least one good performance ;)

  • Mercmad
    Mercmad 2 months ago

    Amore! It's Mario lanza come back to us !!

  • Lawrence Ward
    Lawrence Ward 2 months ago

    Seems like this is the song Puddles was created to sing.

  • moondog
    moondog 2 months ago

    Again, love it!
    I think ShangriLas "Out In The Street" could be in future repertoire?

  • Freeman Z
    Freeman Z 2 months ago

    Gorgeous production.
    I want to hire this performer!

  • Chuck Berschinski
    Chuck Berschinski 2 months ago

    damn---he is good !

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