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(Columbus Dispatch)   Clowning is a profession in rapid decline. "We reach out constantly to try to find the younger people to come forward and to join us." ...Yes, down here, where there's cotton candy, and rides, all sorts of surprises... balloons too   ( divider line
    More: Scary, Bozo the Clown, Insane Clown Posse, Kettering, decline  
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2012-05-19 11:57:17 PM  
2 votes:
I used to have a co-worker who had been a clown with Ringling Bros. for many years before he blew out his knee doing a stunt and was forced into retirement. He used to entertain me and our other coworkers with stories about Clown College -- he was a graduate -- and life on the road with the circus. When Ringling came to Phoenix, he got us all free tickets ringside for a matinee (there were about ten people in our department, and many brought their families, so it was a hell of a favor). Sweetest, kindest, loveliest human I've ever met.

Another of my co-workers was a Yale graduate, something of which he'd remind us every so often. Our clown friend used to grin at him and say, "Yeah, Yale's tough to get into -- almost as tough as Clown College, which has an even higher rejection rate." Clown College is closed now, and Yale's still chugging along. Wish it were the other way around.
2012-05-19 11:18:52 PM  
2 votes:
To my mind, there are two types of clown.

There's the sad and reviled (and terrifying) "party clown" that haunts childrens' birthday parties as a despised caricature that has suddenly gotten way, way too close for comfort. They are wacky and non-threatening and generally solitary creatures, thankfully.

The clowns I can actually respect are the true caricatures and slapstick artists. Emmett Kelly is the name that's always stuck with me (thanks MST3K, for showing me some old-school clowning in those shorts). Broadly speaking, even Charlie Chaplin or the Stooges could be considered in this category - since the audience could be right there next to them through the magic of TV, they just dispensed with the facepaint. I am not above laughing at well done physical humor. Anyone who continues this tradition is pretty cool in my book.
2012-05-19 09:30:50 PM  
2 votes:

AbbeySomeone: Many are in jail for serial killings and child molestation amongst other deviant crimes.

...and most of the others are in politics.
2012-05-19 09:14:24 PM  
2 votes:
Not surprising clowning is in decline when you consider that a single auto accident can take out dozens of them at the same time
2012-05-19 08:39:08 PM  
2 votes:
Many are in jail for serial killings and child molestation amongst other deviant crimes.
2012-05-20 11:08:11 AM  
1 vote:
WHAT? Professional clowns are richer and doing better than most of us!
2012-05-20 12:34:19 AM  
1 vote:
Here is my deal with clowns. They don't scare me.

The annoy me.
They act ridiculous and mock you in order to try to get you to smile or laugh. Look if I wanna laugh or smile I will do it because it is natural not because you tell me I am a silly grumpy puss or whatever. I guess that seems to be more common with street performers, but still.
I just feel like they aren't that funny. Silly without context is boring.
That is why 3 stooges I can tolerate (I am a female so it is natural that I can never truly love them); at least the slapstick they did was within context.

There are always exceptions, and the people I have met who clown professionally are absolute sweethearts.

But it's just
2012-05-20 12:02:25 AM  
1 vote:

ZombiesYall: I wasn't scared of Pennywise

Hm. Did you read It, or just see the movie? I've never seen the movie, just read the book, and Pennywise in the book is pretty farking scary. Actually, there are at least 4 or 5 things in the book that should disturb the hell out of you, but that's pretty much a given considering who wrote it and what it's about....
2012-05-19 11:49:09 PM  
1 vote:
I was in a play where I was trained in the art of clowning by a professional clown who studied in Paris at some big famous clown college. I'll tell you the truth. It was not only a very interesting craft to learn, but also very challenging.

It's been amazing the things I have gotten training in since begining my career in theatre. I got trained in clowning for The Suicide, I got trained in wrestling for Trafford Tanzi, and I got trained in blackpowdered weapons for Fair Liberty's Call.
2012-05-19 11:14:01 PM  
1 vote:

Dropzonetoe: They should look in Portland.

The dream of the 90's is alive in Portland.
2012-05-19 10:53:41 PM  
1 vote:
I haven't RTFA yet, but as for myself, I've been a professional clown for almost twenty years and I can't tell you how rewarding it's been. I've been all over the country, which I wouldn't have done had I not been with the circus. I've met lots of cool people, among them "Weird" Al Yankovic, and met my girlfriend (who of course is also a clown). But sadly there are a lot of really bad clowns out there that give the rest of us a bad rap.
2012-05-19 10:46:16 PM  
1 vote:
When I was waiting to be irradiated at the good ol' Cancer Clinic years ago, a clown flounced over to me. Blue hair, horn, the works. Whose bright idea was this? I was the only one around and I made it politely clear that I was tired, not a little scared, and not in the mood.
"Ohhhhhh!!! Who's a gwumpy gus?! Whoooo??"
I looked up from my newspaper and said, "fark. Off."
Back to paper. I turned her smile upside down.

/not scared of clowns, just annoyed.
/agree with upped my meds: out of my face, clown.
2012-05-19 10:37:22 PM  
1 vote:
For those of you afraid of clowns, I submit

Kit and Kabluey, my Daughters.

How can anyone be afraid of something so cute?

Yes I am also a clown, they take after their father.
2012-05-19 10:33:51 PM  
1 vote:
Clowns made sense in the circus. They were far far away in a ring of dirt and did broadly comic things. Then the circus got square and lame and clowns started showing up at close range, doing their broad comedy in your face. No wonder they got a rap as scary and stupid.

/Context is everything.
//Unless you're American like me, in which case, context is peepeecaca.
2012-05-19 09:37:22 PM  
1 vote:

doglover: Because People in power are Stupid: That's a child molestation -see the post you were rebuking.

No, I was rebuking your pluralization of serial killing. There's been ONE killer clown. ONE. And he's not in jail anymore.

You are extra derpy for a troll.

Read the original post that lists the three things that you are trolling against and then come back and post your apology.

One gets the impression that you have a very poor reading comprehension level.
2012-05-19 09:23:26 PM  
1 vote:

Because People in power are Stupid: doglover: AbbeySomeone: Many are in jail for serial killings and child molestation amongst other deviant crimes.

Bullshiat. There was ONE John Wayne Gacy and he's dead.


Especially disturbing is:

Shortly after midnight, the girl was abducted and driven to a school, where she was raped in the car while parked in the lot. Her attacker kept a clown mask and makeup on the whole time

That's not serial killing.
2012-05-19 09:12:00 PM  
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2012-05-19 08:42:51 PM  
1 vote:
"I don't see it ever dying," Gretton agreed. "It's comedy, and our world today needs comedy."& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>

I don't get it.
2012-05-19 08:39:26 PM  
1 vote:
2012-05-19 08:26:12 PM  
1 vote:
You'll float. YOU'LL ALL FLOAT!
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