Welcome to Famous Clowns

Welcome to FamousClowns.org, a website dedicated to the history and performance of clowning. Famous Clowns is run by Tom Raymond, who performs as a professional clown as Raynbow the Clown in Madison, Wisconsin, U.S.A. What can you do here? There’s a free tutorial on starting clowning, articles on...
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Clowning tutorial

Staff make up demonstration - after. Back row: Kenny Ahern, Brenda Ahern (yes, they're related -- happily married). Front row: Betty Cash/Peewee, Linda Batdorf/Spin, Jim Howle/Jim
Do you want to be a clown? Do you want to know  how? Here’s a series of tutorials on how to do that: How do I start Clowning? Introduction
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Jerry Lewis biography – hey, lady!

Jerry Lewis as The Nutty Professor
Jerry Lewis (March 16, 1926 – August 20, 2017) Jerry Lewis, world-famous clown of stage, screen, television, and radio, is now best known for the annual Jerry Lewis Labor Day Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) Telethon. his annual charity telethons for the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA). Jerry Lewis was...
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A History of Clowns

George Fox
(thanks to Bruce “Charlie” Johnson and The Clown Hall of Fame) Introduction The art of clowning has existed for thousands of years. A pygmy clown performed as a jester in the court of Pharaoh Dadkeri-Assi during Egypt’s Fifth Dynasty about 2500 B.C. Court jesters have performed in China...
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Mr. Chaplin Against his Deportation

Mr. Chaplin Against his Deportation - originally published in the Manchester Guardian, June 14, 1947
Mr. Chaplin Against his Deportation – originally published in the Manchester Guardian, June 14, 1947 “Usual Fascist Technique” Hollywood, June 13 Mr. Charles Chaplin to-day described the suggestion that he should be deported from the United States as “the usual Fascist thttp://webopac.hwwa.de/PresseMappe20E/Digiview_MID.cfm?mid=P003157echnique in trying to suppress free speech.”
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Clowning Book of the Month

Clowning Book of the Month - February 2020
Clowning Book of the Month – February 2020 Clowning Book of the Month – February 2020 answers the question: Who’s reading what? As you’ve probably discovered by now, we’ve posted quite a few book and movie reviews of clown-related things on the site, most of which are available...
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Easter Bunny skit

Easter Bunny skit - a skit for two talking clowns, one in a full sized bunny suit. He's visually grumpy about this.
Easter Bunny skit – a skit for two talking clowns, one in a full sized bunny suit. He’s visually grumpy about this. Clown1: [addressing the audience] Good morning! My assistant and I are hear to talk to you this morning about the true meaning of Easter. I wonder...
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New Clown Shoes – replacement patriotic clown shoes

image of Converse patriotic flag shoes
Previously, I’ve written about using extra-large “normal” shoes as inexpensive clown shoes. However, for my own clowning I’ve been doing something different. I own a pair of white Nike shoes, with a picture of the American flag on the front. They seemed to fit my character, and I’ve...
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Clowning Book of the Month

Clowning Book of the Month – January 2020 Who’s reading what? As you’ve probably discovered by now, we’ve posted quite a few book and movie reviews of clown-related things on the site, most of which are available at Amazon.com. If you’re curious, here is the bestseller from the...
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