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The Joke’s On You

The Joke's On You -- who should be the butt of your jokes?
The Joke’s On You — who should be the butt of your jokes? This article was prompted by something I heard about the performance of a magician at a child’s birthday party. Now, granted, this wasn’t done by a clown, but I’ve seen clowns doing similar things. As...
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5 of the scariest clowns in video game history

5 of the scariest clowns in video game history [Editor’s note: like a lot of professional clowns, I dislike the ‘scary clown’ trope in our society — but that doesn’t make them go away. The following is a list of 5 of the scariest clowns in video games;...
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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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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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Welcome to Famous Clowns

Welcome to FamousClowns.org, a website dedicated to the history and performance of clowning. Famous Clowns is run by Tom Raymond, who performs as 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 on...
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Clown shopping after Christmas

Santa Claus
Clown shopping after Christmas — Many people know that the day after Christmas is the largest shopping day of the year — but if you wait a little bit longer, you can pick up some props that may work for your clowning.
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