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Why do clowns make silly faces?

Why do clowns make silly faces? from a question on Quora

To make people smile and laugh.

That’s it. That’s all there is to it.

A clown’s job is to spread laughter. Silly faces help to do that. I did that last Saturday at a birthday party, and made a silly face for a 1-year-old — and he laughed and giggled. I did the same with his parents, and they laughed. And the grandparents. And the other guests.

In short, clowning is (or can be) an invitation to laugh, and have fun — and a silly face is just one way to send out that invitation.

Have fun, and bump a nose!


Computer nerd by day, professional clown on evenings and weekends (Raynbow), who combines the two by maintaining a bunch of websites dedicated to the history and performances of clowning, such as Free Clown Skits, and comedy such as Best Clean Funny Jokes.
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