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Different Types of Clowns

There are three basic types of clowns: The Whiteface clown is the oldest and most well-known of the clowns The Auguste  clown is the least intelligent, and zaniest of the clowns The character clown is most commonly represented by the Sad Tramp or Happy Hobo Special thanks to Jim Howle, for the graphics...
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Happy Kellems

Harold "Happy" Kellems
Harold “Happy” Kellems (1905-1987) Happy Kellems was a tramp-character clown, minstrel, and vaudeville performer. A native of Evansville, Indiana, he began his entertainment career in medicine shows, joined by longtime partner, Van Wells. Together they moved to vaudeville and burlesque and then turning to minstrel shows, which became...
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Jim Howle, tramp clown, artist and teacher

Hobo Jim - Jim Howle
JIM HOWLE (1939 – ) Jim Howle is one of the most versatile clowns performing today. In addition to his performing skills, which are finely honed, he is also a famous artist and expert on clown make up. Jim is a native of Darlington, South Carolina, where his...
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How do I start clowning? clown makeup, part 1

Frosty Little applying makeup
Clown Tutorial – creating your clown face – clown makeup introduction There are many things to be said about clown makeup – €”however, there is one thing that must come first. Ignore what you’ve heard — €”your clown face is not a mask! It’s entirely the opposite —...
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Don Burda, Homer the happy hobo

Don Burda as Homer with Dee
Don Burda, Homer the happy hobo (1935 – 2008) Don Burda grew up in the small town of Friend, Nebraska, and married his high school sweetheart, Delores (better known as “Dee”€™), in 1956. In 1960, he moved to California to pursue a theatrical career, and during a period...
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