Welcome to Famous Clowns

Welcome to FamousClowns.org, a web site dedicated to the history and performance of clowning. Famous Clowns is run by Tom Raymond, who performs at a professional clown as Raynbow the Clown in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. What can you do here? There’s a free tutorial on starting clowning, articles...
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A History of Clowns

George Fox
(thanks to Bruce “Charlie” Johnson and The Clown Hall of Fame) Introduction The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years. A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty about 2500 B.C. Court jesters have performed in China...
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Jesse the Chicken Plucker

Photography of a young Don Knotts with his ventriloquist dummy
As a boy, Jesse was a chicken plucker. He stood on a line in a chicken factory and spent his days pulling the feathers off dead chickens so the rest of us wouldn’t have to. It wasn’t much of a job, but at the time, Jesse didn’t think...
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Sid Caesar biography

Sid Caesar quotes
Biography of Sid Caesar (September 8, 1922 – ) Sid Caesar was born on September 8, 1922, in Yonkers, New York, U.S.A. to a family of Jewish immigrants.  Growing up, young Sid spent time at his father’s lunch counter, where immigrant workers came to eat.  Observing them, Sid...
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Imogene Coca biography

Imogene Coca
Imogene Coca (November 18, 1908 – June 2, 2001) was an American comic actress. She was born Imogene Fernandez de Coca in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of José Fernandez de Coca, a conductor, and his wife Sadie Brady, a dancer and magician’s assistant. She had Spanish and Irish ancestry....
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Comedies Greatest Era

Portrait of Buster Keaton, the great stone face, in his trademark hat
Comedies Greatest Era, By James Agee Comedies Greatest Era – the Great Stone Face This is a direct transcript from a section devoted to Buster Keaton in a 1949 article in Life Magazine by James Agee. It was written while Keaton was still alive and before the rediscovery...
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Harvey Korman biography

Photograph of a young Harvey Korman
Harvey Korman (February 15, 1927 – May 29, 2008) Harvey Korman, famous TV clown, was born Harvey Herschel Kormen in Chicago, Illinois. He gained much of his initial experience at Chicago’s well-known Goodman Theatre, working as a door-to-door aluminum siding salesman while trying to break into the “big...
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International Clown Hall of Fame inductees

Clown Hall of Fame
The International Clown Hall of Fame honors individuals  who have made a significant contribution to the art of clowning. There are three categories that a clown can be inducted into: Active Inactive Historical A minimum of 25 years of clown experience is required to be eligible for the...
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George Carl

George Carl autographed photo
George Carl (May 7, 1916 – January 1, 2000) was a gifted pantomime slapstick artist and vaudevillian style clown. George Carl was born in Ohio, and started his comedy career traveling with a variety of circuses during his teenage years. In time, Carl would later become internationally famous...
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