Poems

‘Twas the Night Before Christmas – clown version

Twas the night before Christmas and all through our towns The birthday King has summoned His clowns Clowns to bring joy in the midst of the night, Clowns to share happiness for children’s delight.

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Rosy Nose, a poem by Kenn Nesbitt

Rosy Nose, a poem by Kenn Nesbitt

Freckles the Clown one morning bent down to sniff at a lovely red rose, but lifted the blossom too close to the awesome expanse of his bubbly red nose.

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Thank you God for blessing me much more than I deserve

God bless all clowns

God bless all clowns. Who star in the world with laughter, Who ring the rafters with flying jest, Who make the world spin merry on its way.

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Bobby Kaye laughing

Be a Clown – song lyrics

Song lyrics to Be A Clown, written by Cole Porter, performed by Judy Garland and Gene Kelly in The Pirate (1948) I’ll remember forever, When I was but three, Mama, who was clever, Remarking to me; If, son, when you’re grown up, You want ev’rything nice, I’ve got your future sewn up If you take […]

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Frogs, a poem by Red Skelton, recited by Clem Kadiddlehopper

Frogs, a poem by Red Skelton, recited by Clem Kadiddlehopper

Frogs. Frogs. Frogs, they are everywhere. Frogs. Frogs. Frogs croaking fill the air. Louder. Louder. Louder is their blasting blare and there’s no silence in the night.

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Red Skelton painting of Freddie the Freeloader, titled "Hold that Tiger"

The Circus – poem by Red Skelton

The Circus – poem by Red Skelton Red Skelton wrote this poem in honor of his father, a former circus clown, whom Red never knew — Red’s father died two months before Red was born.  Years later, a young Red also clowned in the circus — at the very same circus where his father had […]

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Clown Creed 2000 photo

Clown Creed 2000

Clowning is a performance art. We exist to perform. Our obligation is to prepare ourselves for effective and entertaining performances.

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Clown Code of Ethics - the eight clown commandments

Clown Code of Ethics – the eight clown commandments

I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while I am in costume and makeup. I will remember at all times that I have been accepted as a member of the clown club only to provide others, principally children, with clean clown comedy entertainment. I will remember that a good clown entertains […]

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Janet "Jellybean" Tucker

The Clown’s Prayer

As I stumble through this life, help me to create more laughter than tears, dispense more cheer than gloom, spread more cheer than despair.

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