Book Reviews

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 […]

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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 […]

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The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain's Greatest Comedian, by Andrew McConnell Stott

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi

The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian, by Andrew McConnell Stott Editorial review of The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldi: Laughter, Madness and the Story of Britain’s Greatest Comedian, courtesy of Amazon.com The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English […]

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Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx and Rowland Barber

Harpo Speaks! an autobiography of Harpo Marx

Harpo Speaks! by Harpo Marx, Rowland Barber, Susan Marx (Photographer), Bill Marx (Photographer) Review of Harpo Speaks:  Frankly, Harpo Speaks is one of my favorite books of all time. It’s hilarious, serious, witty, poignant and thought-provoking, sometimes all at the same time. It details what it was like to grow up in the Marx household, […]

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Emmett Kelly - greatest clown on Earth book

Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth

Emmett Kelly: The Greatest Clown on Earth (Notable Missourians) In the early 1900s, the circus was one of the most popular forms of entertainment in America, and one of the most popular circus acts was the clown. White-faced clowns in bright costumes made adults and children laugh with their silly antics. When the Great Depression […]

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Comic Ministry Routines, by Randy Christensen

Comic Ministry Routines

Christian skits –  Comic Ministry Routines, by Randy Christensen First, it needs to be pointed out that this is a short book (41 pages, 5.5″ x 8.5″), with a lot of information packed into a small package. It contains a lot of good clown skits, both silent and speaking, for multiple clowns, as you can […]

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Tall Tales of a Short Clown, by Barry Lubin

Tall Tales of a Short Clown

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 has entertained well over a hundred million […]

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Clowns: In conversation with modern masters

Clowns: In conversation with modern masters

Clowns: In conversation with modern masters, by Ezra LeBank (Editor), David Bridel (Editor) Editorial review of  Clowns: In conversation with modern masters, courtesy of Amazon.com  Clowns: In Conversation with Modern Masters is a groundbreaking collection of conversations with 20 of the greatest clowns on earth. In discussion with clown aficionados Ezra LeBank and David Bridel, […]

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The Clown in You, by Caroline Dream

The Clown in You

The Clown in You, by Caroline Dream – editorial review courtesy of Amazon.com  THE CLOWN IN YOU is a clowning manual for students, teachers and practitioners. It contains all kinds of valuable clown knowledge; both practical and theoretical. Within its pages readers will find all the basic principles of clowning, first-hand clowning experiences, tried and […]

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The World of Clowns, by George Spreight

The World of Clowns

The World of Clowns, by George Spreight A wonderful book (now unfortunately out of print, but you should be able to find a copy in your library, used bookstore, or Amazon.com 🙂 It does not deal with make-up, costuming, skits, juggling, etc. It does deal with the history of clowning prior to the commedia del […]

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