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Michael Polakovs, aka Coco

clown pictures - Michael Polakov - "Coco" - 1991 Clown Hall of FameMICHAEL “Coco” POLAKOVS (1923 – 2009)

Inducted into the 1991 Clown Hall of Fame

Coco is a third generation Russian circus clown, who achieved his fame in England where the family came while he was a youth. He was associated with the Bertram Mills and Billy Smart Circuses in England, which later included tours of Europe. He came to the U.S. in 1953 to work for a limited time with the Mills Bros. Circus, before returning to England. Coco later joined Ringling Brothers, working eight years as advance man and goodwill ambassador. He developed several classic clown routines, including “Busy Bee“. He later became an independent working clown, sometimes acting as an advance performer in small shows.


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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