Clowning Tutorial

The Rule of Three in comedy

The Rule of Three in comedy

The Rule of Three in comedy, by Tom Raymond

Have you seen a comedian, or comedy troupe, repeat a bit over, and over, and over, until the blatant unfunniness was painful to watch? In recent years, that’s become almost the norm, especially on shows like “Saturday Night Live.” If the comedy writers had known about the Rule of Three, and better yet had followed it, they could have avoided the problem and actually had the funny skit that they had intended. (more…)

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Spright & Dazzle, a mother-daughter clown combination.

How do I start clowning? clown costume, part 1

Clown Tutorial – creating your clown costume

In Association with Art.comSomething interesting happened to me on the way to writing this article. I was perusing a very nice site named Art.com for something totally unrelated, and happened across this poster:
Now, the first thing that struck me about this poster was the “clownishness” of the two ladies pictured. Since I knew I was about to write this article on Clown costuming, I took this opportunity to sit back and think about what makes a clown’s costume “clownish.” (more…)

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How do I start clowning? Finding your clown character

Choosing your unique clown character

Choosing a clown character is the foundational step in being (or becoming) a clown. Allow me to correct myself: choosing your clown character is the foundational step. You don’t want to copy some other clown, unless you intend to be the clown equivalent of an Elvis impersonator. (more…)

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How do I start clowning? Silence is Golden- consider starting your clown as being mute

How do I start clowning? Silence is Golden – consider starting your clown as being mute

Some wonderful advice that Randy Christiansen makes in his pamphlet Clowning for Christ is: for the first year of performing, don’t let your clown character speak. At first, this seems counter-intuitive. (more…)

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Character is the issue

Character is the issue – the importance of clown character

Numerous times on this site, I’ve pointed out that a clown’s character is what injects both life and humor into his performance. In addition, it’s the character of the clown that customizes a skit as well. On the original skits posted here, you will find over and again the recommendation to change or adapt the skits as needed for your clown character. Allow me to give you a concrete example. (more…)

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