Dead and Alive clown skit
Clowns Steve Smith and Jeffrey Steele perform the ‘Dead and Alive’ clown skit from the ‘Clown Gags’ section of the ‘Be A Clown’ video from Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey, 1987. Clown bits include walking into a missed handshake, alternating hat tip and offered a hand, dealing with moving an apparently unconscious clown and a dropping hat routine. Runs whole skit, then discusses some performance aspects. (more…)
Swede Johnson photo gallery, famous circus clown and animal trainer. After coming to the United States, Swede took the first job that he could find – as a rodeo clown, afterward becoming a circus clown. He then had a long career in the circus, working at different times and circuses as clown, animal trainer, and other things. Some of the circuses that he performed in include the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey, Bradley & Benson Circus & Rodeo, C. R. Montgomery Circus, Elks Circus, Shrine Circus, Biller Brothers, Rogers Brothers, Hagenbeck-Wallace Circus, Paul A. Miller shopping center circus.
Frankie Saluto photo gallery – Frankie Saluto was a famous circus clown and little person, who became famous with the Ringling Brothers Circus as the whiteface dwarf with the large live rabbit. His career also included an interpretation of a miniature Charlie Chaplin and he was a member of the Ringling Giants, a midget baseball team that promoted the circus.
Bill Ballantine photo gallery – Bill Ballantine, illustrator and writer, traveled with the Ringling Brothers circus during the 1946 tour, caught the bug and become a professional clown the following season. From 1969 through 1977, Ballantine served as dean of the Clown College. (more…)
Paul Wenzel photo gallery circus clown – Professor Paul Wenzel was born in 1878 and performed as a circus clown for over 60 years throughout the United States of America. Paul Wenzel appeared with large and small shows before finding a permanent home with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
Video tribute to the Ringling Brothers clowns – After the final performance of the Ringling Brothers circus, this video was posted on YouTube celebrating many of the clowns from the Greatest Show on Earth. With music from the Muppets – enjoy. (more…)