Famous Clowns

Chin Up, Stout Fellow - sung by Danny Kaye in Merry Andrew

Chin Up, Stout Fellow! song lyrics

Lyrics to Chin Up, Stout Fellow! by Johnny Mercer, music by Saul Chaplin, performed by Danny Kaye with Robert Coote (dubbed by William B. Lee) and Rex Evans (dubbed by Ernest Newton) in Merry Andrew

Brother 1: It’s really now or never, son. Fair lady faint heart never won!
Brother 2: We’re with you all the way, old pot! Stiff upper lip, and all that rot.
Brother 1: Chin up, stout fellow!
Brother 2: By George! Good show!
Brother 1: Chest out! And bellow! Pip, pip, eh what?
Brother 1 and 2: What ho! [take Danny Kaye by the arms and lead him forward]
Danny Kaye: But you don’t know what it’s like to talk to father, he’s absolutely irrational!
Brother 1: Balderdash! I shan’t forget that fateful day, I collared him and had my say; I shook him by his blasted ears! It only took me twenty years. (more…)

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Into all the world - heart

Into All the World

Into All the World – a free Christian clown skit written by John Gravley

MAIN IDEA: to show that God calls us to go into all the world and share the Gospel. Going into all the world means places far away and places close to home.

HELPERS: at least two clowns and five or six other helpers who can be clowns but do not have to be clowns.

SETTING: any stage area will work.

PROPS: a Bible, a paper airplane, something like a passport, a sign and the five pieces to place on the sign. (more…)

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Close up of Ron “Toto” Johnson’s auguste face

Toto Johnson photo gallery

Toto Johnson photo gallery, former Ringling Brother clown – a talented Auguste. (more…)

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Painting of Marcel Marceau by Jim Howle

Marcel Marceau photo gallery

Marcel Marceau photo gallery – world-famous pantomimist as Bip (more…)

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Thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve

With Thanksgiving

With Thanksgiving, a clown skit for 1 or 2 speaking clowns, by Steve Conley

(originally posted to the Clown Ministry group at http://groups.yahoo.com)

Narrator: Thanksgiving. A day in America to offer our thanks. Family gatherings and holiday meals. Turkey, stuffing and pumpkin pie with whip cream. Indian corn, holiday parades with giant hot air balloons.

(Clown rubs his tummy to show how hungry he is)

Narrator: Thanksgiving might I say is truly an American holiday.

(Clown picks up a flag and waves it) (more…)

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Ellen in Whiteface, for her previous Prudence character. Note Bagels in the background to the left.

Why do clowns make silly faces?

Why do clowns make silly faces? from a question on Quora

To make people smile and laugh.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it. (more…)

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Oliver Hardy and Stan Laurel in their zoot suits in Jitterbugs

Laurel and Hardy photo gallery

Photo gallery of Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, the very funny comedy team of Laurel and Hardy (more…)

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Color photo of Paul Jung - face

Paul Jung photo gallery

Paul Jung photo gallery – famous producing white face clown, best known for his time with the Ringling Brothers circus – and for his face on Kellogg’s Sugar Smacks! (more…)

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Color photo of Prince Paul Alpert in the ring

Prince Paul Alpert photo gallery

Prince Paul Alpert photo gallery — famous circus clown and little person. Many of these photos are courtesy of the International Clown Hall of Fame, who have our thanks. (more…)

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Frankie Saluto and bunny

Frankie Saluto photo gallery

Frankie Saluto photo gallery – Frankie Saluto was a famous circus clown and little person, who became famous with the Ringling Brothers Circus as the whiteface dwarf with the large live rabbit. His career also included an interpretation of a miniature Charlie Chaplin and he was a member of the Ringling Giants, a midget baseball team that promoted the circus.

Several of these photos of the International Clown Hall of Fame our thanks to them. (more…)

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