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The Silent Clowns, by Walter Kerr

The Silent Clowns [book review]

The Silent Clowns, by Walter Kerr

Product description of The Silent Clowns

The Silent Clowns, by Walter KerrThis book is both a scholarly study of silent comedy movies, and an illustrated guide to the major comedians for the general reader. It covers such characters as Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Harold Lloyd and Laurel and Hardy. The author is one of America’s foremost film and theatre critics. He treats the subject of film comedians with much affection, and includes many anecdotes and stories. He is also a lucid theorist, attempting to explain how and why we laugh. (more…)

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Lights, Camera, Clowning! with Randy Christensen

Lights, Camera, Clowning with Randy Christensen – An Introduction to Effective Clown Ministry – video review

I first heard about Randy Christenson years ago, reading the original Clown Ministry Handbook by Janet Litherland. Randy was one of the ‘featured clowns’ in the book, and I was very intrigued. Randy has been very active in clown ministry for many years now, and has written numerous short books and created several videos on the subject. This video serves as an introduction to beginning in clown ministry. (more…)

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Clown Act Omnibus : Everything You Need to Know About Clowning Plus over 200 Clown Stunts by Wes. McVicar

Clown Act Omnibus

Clown Act Omnibus: Everything You Need to Know About Clowning Plus over 200 Clown Stunts by Wes. McVicar

A nice collection of time-tested clown skits (over 200), for beginners, intermediate & advanced, both individuals and for groups.  Acts are classified by type, equipment needed, gymnastic skills, and practice required. I greatly appreciated this, since it allowed me to skip things either too difficult or that I simply wasn’t interested in. The book also includes instructions on the making of some basic props for clowning and magic acts as well. (more…)

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Clown Jokes and Walkaround Gags

Clown Jokes & Walkaround Gags by Ron Burgess

Clown Jokes & Walkaround Gags by Ron Burgess

 Editorial Reviews of Clown Jokes and Walkaround Gags

The author, Ron Burgess – RBur696840@aol.com , November 23, 1998

Clown Jokes and Walkaround GagsFunny Stuff from “Silly Willy the (almost) Famous Clown”
Hi, Clown Lovers! That could be kids, parents, teachers, clowns, and anyone else that I haven’t mentioned that enjoys good clean fun. (more…)

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Bonzos Complete Book Of Skits

Bonzo’s Complete Book of Clown Skits, volume 1

Bonzo’s Complete Book of Skits, Volume 1, by Barry DeChant

Bonzo’s Complete Book of Clown Skits, volume 1 is a very nice collection of skits, time tested and clown-approved. It includes skits for a single clown, 2 clowns, 3 clowns, and clown troupes, and is divided accordingly. (more…)

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Skits and Bits for clown and drama ministry by Steve Conley

Skits and Bits

Skits and Bits for clown and drama ministry by Steve Conley

Steve Conley is a prolific writer of clown skits — and a frequent contributor to the skits here on the Free Clown Skits website. Some of the skits he’s made freely available here include Breastplate of RighteousnessGod in a BoxThe Helmet of SalvationThe HelperRespectShield of FaithStanding StrongThe Sword of the SpiritThanksgivingWhiter Than Snow, and several others. He tends to write skits for 1 or 2 clowns, normally talking. As you can tell by perusing his skits here, Steve clearly has a heart for the Lord, and for teaching His Word through the art of clowning. This book is a compilation of some of his skits, suitable for clown or drama presentations in a church setting. I enjoyed it much and recommend it highly. (more…)

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Be A Clown – the Complete Guide to Instant Clowning by Turk Pipkin

Be A Clown – the Complete Guide to Instant Clowning

Book Reviews – Be A Clown! – The Complete Guide to Instant Clowning by Turk Pipkin, Walt Chrynwski, Chris Reed

(Editor’s note: this book should not be confused with the children’s book “Be A Clown” nor Mark Stolzenberg’s Be A Clown, and has no relation to Cole Porter’s classic song “Be A Clown”) (more…)

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Clown Skits for Everyone – 32 skits for one or two clowns, prop instructions, performing tips—by Happy Jack Feder

Clown Skits for Everyone, by Happy Jack Feder

Clown Skits for Everyone – 32 skits for one or two clowns, prop instructions, performing tips—by Happy Jack Feder

Clown Skits for Everyone – 32 skits for one or two clowns, prop instructions, performing tips—by Happy Jack FederBuy from Amazon.com Clown Skits for Everyone, by Happy Jack Feder, is an excellent resource. It contains a (very) short introduction on make-up & clown character, and then launches into the meat of the book – a collection of skits suitable for one and/or two clowns. Some skits are ‘classics’, while others are variations. All are funny and quite ‘do-able’ even for beginning clowns. The book is interspersed with nuggets about character, character development, entertaining, working with other clowns, audience control, etc. It’s a personal favorite. (more…)

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Clown Ministry Skits for All Seasons, by Floyd Shaffer

Clown Ministry Skits for All Seasons

Clown Ministry Skits for All Seasons, by Floyd Shaffer

Mr. Shaffer takes the reader through the liturgical calendar year and gives some good ideas for holiday-related clowning. I, personally, find the skits presented limited since they are all silent, as Mr. Shaffer does all of his clown ministry. But they will give you ideas on what you or your clown troupe can do.

I rate it 3 clowns out of 5.

You might want to check out Clown Ministry and If I Were A Clown, also by Mr. Shaffer, both highly recommended. (more…)

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World’s Funniest Clown Skits by Barry DeChant

World’s Funniest Clown Skits

World’s Funniest Clown Skits by Barry DeChant

World’s Funniest Clown Skits is a truly nice collection of skits, broken up into 4 areas – skits for 1 clown, for 2 clowns, for 3 clowns, and for 4 or more clowns. One nice touch is that wherever possible, the author(s) of the skits are identified, as well as clowns who had a major impact on the development and/or performance of the skit.

It’s a healthy collection of nearly 50 classic skits, including the Busy Bee skit (versions for 2, 3 or more clowns), boxing match, the Banana Illusion, the Hamburger Stand (aka. I’m quick), as well as descriptions for how to build any special props (such as the long shirt).

I recommend it highly and rate it 4 clowns on a 5-clown scale. (more…)

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