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Horse Feathers

Horse Feathers, starring the Marx Brothers (DVD cover)
Horse Feathers (1932) starring the Marx Brothers – Groucho, Chico, Harpo, Zeppo  First, imagine the Marx Brothers attending college. Now, imagine  Groucho as the president of the college,  Zeppo as his son, and  Harpo and  Chico as the newest additions to the college football team.  Recruited by mistake, of course. Now, imagine the beautiful...
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Pierre Étaix

Pierre Étaix (1928 – 2016) famous French clown and actor Pierre Étaix was born in 1928 in Roanne, France. He was trained as a designer and introduced to the art of stained glass by Theodore Gerard Hanssen. Etaix basically built his career around the comic. He settled in...
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Johnny Patterson

Johnny Patterson (1840 - 1889) The Irish Singing Clown
Johnny Patterson (1840 – 1889) The Irish Singing Clown Early life of Johnny Patterson Johnny Patterson was a famous Irish clown, known for his original songs, singing style and rapport with his audience. He was born John Francis Patterson in 1840 in Kilbarron near Feakle, County Clare, Ireland. His parents...
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Buster Keaton on the art of pie throwing

Buster Keaton’s Pie Throwing The art of making and throwing them as told by Buster Keaton. Ironically, even though most people associate pie throwing with silent film comedies, Buster Keaton never took a pie in the face in any of his silent films – and he only threw...
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International Clown Hall of Fame inductees

Clown Hall of Fame
The International Clown Hall of Fame honors individuals  who have made a significant contribution to the art of clowning. There are three categories that a clown can be inducted into: Active Inactive Historical A minimum of 25 years of clown experience is required to be eligible for the...
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George Carl

George Carl autographed photo
George Carl, pantomimist, slapstick, silent clown George Carl (May 7, 1916  – January 1, 2000) was a gifted pantomime slapstick artist and vaudevillian style clown. George Carl was born in Ohio, and started his comedy career traveling with a variety of circuses during his teenage years. In time,...
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Bob “Hambone” Hamilton (1929-1998)

Bob "Hambone" Hamilton
Bob Hamilton entered the clowning work in 1974 after becoming a Shriner. He maintained a strong association with the Shriners, but also became an influential role model in the Clowns of America organization and the Midwest Clown Association. His forte was in the crafting of clever parade props...
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Billy Baker

From the foothills of the Arkansas Ozarks, Billy Baker ran away from a college scholarship to join the Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Clown College class of 1970. He hit the road with the Ringling Red Show, where he rose to be a featured member of Clown Alley...
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