Japes Palles has been haunting since 2000. He has acted for over a dozen haunted houses from Las Vegas to New Orleans, including almost every major haunted house in the Chicagoland area. His character, Brewster Bonesaw, has been found performing every conceivable job available in a haunted house. From line acting to pop outs to running water to the actors, Brewster has done it all.
Japes has been managing and training actors since 2001. Starting at Eleventh Hour, Japes has managed some of the biggest haunts in Chicago, including: Dream Reapers, The Asylum Xperiment, and (most recently) Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. He has managed teams of 140 actors and developed infrastructure to record attendance and other employee info. His actor training program has helped thousands of actors to learn the do’s and don’ts of haunting.
He is also the owner/operator of Lost Souls Haunted House Bus Tours.
Episode | May 6th, 2019 | 58 mins 28 secs
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It's becoming actor recruitment season again and here's our resident actor expert, Japes Palles, to talk about what to expect as a newbie actor and how to make the experience suck less.
Episode | October 8th, 2018 | 57 mins 3 secs
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're recapping what has beeen one of the best weekends of our lives for visiting haunts: The Lost Souls Chicago Haunted Bus Tour.
To say it was an amazing weekend is an understatement. Not only were there six great haunted ho...
Episode | September 18th, 2017 | 52 mins 56 secs
Japes Palles is one of the busiest men in haunting, and that's saying something.
Not only is he a new father but, even as haunt season is ramping up, he is taking on not one but two new projects, both of them epic in their scale and what they can do for ...
Episode | July 17th, 2017 | 54 mins 26 secs
Haunting is hard. Threading the needle between scaring someone and actively traumatizing hem is a difficult task.
However, sometimes haunts can cross the line and include scares, props and scenes that do more to offend than scare.
While haunting is an a...
Episode | May 8th, 2017 | 59 mins 19 secs
You might remember we sat down with Japes a few times in the past. For example Episode 59, Episode 46 and Episode 43 if you're curious. You migh also remember that, on Episode 65, we discussed toxic actors and repeatedly said we wishes we could have Jape...
Episode | January 16th, 2017 | 59 mins 41 secs
This week on Haunt Weekly, it's a bit of a different episode. We're catching up with our old friend and actor expert Japes Palles to learn how his season went and get his opinoin on some of the latest big stories in haunting.
So, if you've missed Japes (...
Episode | October 17th, 2016 | 1 hr 3 mins
This week on Haunt Weekly, we're bringing back Japes Palles on the show to finish up his conversation about actors with a discussion about actor management. It's a crucial topic for a haunt of any size but doubly so for larger haunts.
So how do you her...
Episode | September 26th, 2016 | 57 mins 45 secs
When it comes to actors, every haunt wants to know three things: Where to find them, how to train them and why they stay or leave.
Japes Palles may not be able to help much with the first item, but he has 14 years of experience with the other two. This i...