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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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 Active...
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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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Grandma’s Boy

Movie poster for Grandma's Boy, starring Harold Lloyd
Grandma’s Boy (1922) starring Harold Lloyd, Mildred Davis Grandma’s Boy is the story of a quiet, shy, and yes, cowardly young man played by Harold Lloyd. His childhood is shown in flashback, humorously showing his cowardly nature — which gets him in further trouble as he’s courting his...
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Bob “Hambone” Hamilton (1929-1998)

Bob "Hambone" Hamilton
Bob Hamilton entered the clowning work in 1974 after becoming a Shriner. He maintained a strong association with the Shriners, but also became an influential role model in the Clowns of America organization and the Midwest Clown Association. His forte was in the crafting of clever parade props...
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Billy Gilbert

Biography of Billy Gilbert (September 12, 1894 – September 23, 1971) Billy Gilbert was an American comedian and actor known for his comic sneeze routines. He appeared in over 200 feature films, short subjects and television shows starting in 1929.
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Tall Tales of a Short Clown

Tall Tales of a Short Clown, by Barry Lubin
Editorial review of Tall Tales of a Short Clown, courtesy of Amazon.com Tall Tales of a Short Clown is the story of Barry Lubin, whose alter ego, Grandma, became one of the most successful clowns in American history, and was named “The World’s Funniest Grandma” in Germany. Barry...
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