Clown poems

Jackie Le Claire as he currently looks

Smiling is infectious

Smiling is infectious, You catch it like the flu,
When someone smiled at me today I started smiling too. (more…)

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Something Bad Happened To A Clown | song lyrics

Song lyrics to  Something Bad Happened To A Clown, by Warren Zevon




Every touch is measured out
Every word is written down
Sunny skies are seldom seen
In the land of few and far between
And everybody wears a frown (more…)

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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. (more…)

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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. (more…)

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Clown Code of Ethics - the eight clown commandments

Clown Code of Ethics – the eight clown commandments




  1. 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 others by making fun of himself or herself and not at the expense or embarrassment of others.
  2. I will learn to apply my makeup in a professional manner. I will provide my own costume. I will carry out my appearance and assignment for the entertainment of others and not for personal gain or personal publicity when performing for either the International club or alley events. I will always try to remain anonymous while in makeup and costume as a clown, though there may be circumstances when it is not reasonably possible to do so.
  3. I will neither drink alcoholic beverages nor smoke while in makeup or clown costume. Also, I will not drink alcoholic beverages prior to any clown appearances. I will conduct myself as a gentleman/lady, never interfering with other acts, events, spectators, or individuals. I will not become involved in or tolerate sexual harassment or discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability or any protected status.
  4. I will remove my makeup and change into my street clothes as soon as possible following my appearance, so that I cannot be associated with any incident that may be detrimental to the good name of clowning. I will conduct myself as a gentleman/lady at all times.
  5. While on appearance in makeup and costume, I will carry out the directives of the producer or his designated deputies. I will abide by all performance rules without complaint in public.
  6. I will do my very best to maintain the best clown standards of makeup, costuming, properties, and comedy.
  7. I will appear in as many clown shows as I possibly can.
  8. I will be committed to providing an atmosphere free of discrimination and harassment for clowns of all ages to share ideas and learn about the art of clowning.
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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. (more…)

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