Category:
Clowns

Frontier Circus




In 1962, variations on the popular Western genre reached new and unlikely permutations.

Wikipedia entry here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat May 13, 2017 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Clowns, Fairs, Amusement Parks, and Resorts, Regionalism, Television, 1960s

When the Circus Comes to Town



I have no idea of the provenance of this half-hour compilation. Shown at cinemas before the main feature? Whatever the case, it has everything. Cornball music, girly cheesecake, animated cartoon, stop-motion cartoon, narration by a chimp. Also, the highly disturbing image reproduced below. Somehow I feel it relates to the "horse fondling" theme of yesterday.

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Posted By: Paul - Wed Sep 16, 2015 - Comments (6)
Category: Animals, Clowns, Dreams and Nightmares, Music, Sex Symbols, Cartoons, Stop-motion Animation, 1940s

Buck Nolan - The tallest clown

Buck Nolan claimed to be the tallest clown in the world. And since he was 7 feet 6 inches tall, that claim was probably accurate.

He reportedly turned down the role of Darth Vader, after which he was probably a sad, bitter clown. Plus, he was also once investigated for child molestation, so he was also a creepy clown. (Though I don't know if he was actually found guilty of the charges.)

More info and pictures of him at thetallestman.com.

Posted By: Alex - Sun Jul 06, 2014 - Comments (4)
Category: Clowns

Zovello, The Bonomo Magic Clown



Given fezzes to wear, and a supply of taffy to eat, the children in the audience were still at a loss for having to watch the sub-Krusty antics of Zovello the Magic Clown.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Feb 20, 2014 - Comments (6)
Category: Clowns, Television, Children, 1940s, 1950s

Professor Turned Clown

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Discontented with the life of a professor of economics, Dr. Charles Boas became Onions the Clown.

I'm sure this thrilled any living parents who might have helped pay for years of higher education.

Read the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 05, 2014 - Comments (7)
Category: Clowns, Eccentrics, 1960s, Universities, Colleges, Private Schools and Academia

Clown Art


If you're a collector of paintings of clowns, then you're probably already aware of Jim Howle. His website describes him as "the best-known clown artist in the world." He's actually the only clown artist that I know of, though I'm sure there must be others.

Posted By: Alex - Fri Jun 14, 2013 - Comments (8)
Category: Art, Clowns

The Six Brown Brothers



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Blackface, clownsuits and saxophones: a winning combo in any era!

Learn the whole story here.

Posted By: Paul - Sun May 05, 2013 - Comments (0)
Category: Clowns, Music, Stereotypes and Cliches, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s

Most Unfortunate Clown Motto Ever

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More info here.

Posted By: Paul - Tue Apr 09, 2013 - Comments (2)
Category: Clowns, Sexuality, Comics, 1950s

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