Clowning Tutorial

Assistant Director, college professor, and a truly great clown, Lee Mullaly, doing his Staff on Stage as Juggles.

Clown Costume part 2 – part of the clowning tutorial

Let’s talk about some of the specifics of your clown costume. Keep in mind a few basic guidelines: Colorful – you want to be seen from a distance Large patterns – you need to be seen from a distance; as well, this visually establishes your ‘clownishness’ Contrast, not conflict – you want to have physical […]

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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 […]

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poster of two clown ladies walking down the street - an Art.com poster

How do I start clowning? clown costume, part 1

Clown Tutorial – creating your clown costume Something 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. […]

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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.

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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 Silence is golden?  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.

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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 […]

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Court Jester - painting by Jim Howle

How Do I Start Clowning?

I write this article with fear and trepidation… This is a topic about which many excellent books have been written, and I can’t hope to match the volume of useful information there with the content of this web page. However, I pray that some will find this useful as a starting point. Where appropriate, I’ll […]

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