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What makes a great clown?

Discussion in 'Newbies to clowning' started by Wobble the Clown, Oct 15, 2016.

  1. Wobble the Clown

    Wobble the Clown New Member

    For someone who's relatively new to the profession, what are the hallmarks of a clown that can get the big laughs out of people and remain consistently entertaining over a period of hours?
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  2. Barry Daft (Mr. B. Daft)

    Barry Daft (Mr. B. Daft) Old Bucket Spitter

    Good material and endless rehearsal and practice. These require hard work and dedication and have absolutely nothing to do with makeup and costume.
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  3. Sir Toony Van Dukes

    Sir Toony Van Dukes Well-Known Member

    Being entertaining over a period of hours is quite the challenge, especially if you have a single audience to constantly entertain. Barry is correct, good material and endless rehearsal and practice. The ability to gauge the audience to see what is working and what isn't and adapting is also important. There are many factors that can impact the audience, including their age, time of day, and location. Jokes that work in one part of the country or for an audience of school aged kids might not work for an older audience in another part of the country.

    Some clowns do walk arounds, where they have just one or two items to share and engage people in small groups, such as people waiting in a line. Here, the clown can use the same joke and trick over and over again as the audience keeps changing as they move from group to group.
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  4. Curly Frye

    Curly Frye Member

    I mix it up a bit: Magic tricks, jokes, story telling, ventriloquism and balloon busking. If it is an extra long gig, I add in one of many more popular games. Keep them busy and happy!
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  5. tim

    tim Have red nose, will travel

    The only thing that is really interesting to an audience is YOU. Be authentic.

    Laughter is all about tension and release.
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