I sometimes get asked to teach a workshop called “Why Clowns Matter”.
Really, like we even need to explain why we matter?
Yes. Sometimes we do.
In spite of the negative images of clowns in the media, clowns really do matter. I have written on this topic before, but I was reminded in another way why we matter.
I like to tell my students that you will be someone’s clown someday. It doesn’t matter how long you have been clowning. It will happen!
One of my friends Lorna shared this story with me recently:
“Remember how you said we were someone’s clown even if we didn’t make a big impression on a group of people? At church on Sunday, (I was not dressed like a clown) a lady came over and asked me how I was doing, and what I had been up to, since they are winter visitors she tries to catch up with at least one person every Sunday. Anyway, I told about clown class, and showed her pictures of our golf cart, with the eyes, and nose, what fun we have at the workshops, and out on the parade routes, etc. She got a smile on her face and it kept getting larger the more I told her about our clowning adventures. When she was through asking me questions, she said you have just made my day, in fact my whole week. I came home and told John I was someone’s clown that day, with only a picture.”
Be Someone’s Clown
Most of you know how busy I am running my businesses and being active in my community. I was blessed to have enough extra free-time to be the opening act for a Buffalo Community theater’s production of Winnie the Pooh. They asked if I had a half-hour clown show I could do to beef up their production, which is the kid’s version and only 40 minutes long.
I immediately thought of my friend Fred Baisch and the comedy magic we have done in the past, especially our “Misadventures in Magic” show.
Here was my chance to trot out my new character “Miss Moose” and do some real stage clowning! Those of you who know me well…know I always dive off into the deep end of the pool.
And so, last weekend I found myself in front of a full house of little kiddos and their parents playing my chick-a-le-le.
It has been a long time since I worked a crowd outside of Mooseburger Clown Camp! I had the time of my life!
It was a beautiful reminder of why I became a clown in the first place.
I even got a convert! A woman in the audience was so taken by the idea of being a clown, she now wants to come to our Feb. 27th Clown Fun Day for The Wright County Clown Arounds.
I was her clown that day!
(psst…If you are within driving distance of Maple Lake, Minnesota, you are welcome to join the workshop, too!)
Here are the take-aways:
- Little kids love rubber chickens.
- Adults are amazed when you can actually play a tune on a ukulele.
- Most parents make great volunteers from the audience since they are trying to set a good example to their kids!
- Always pull volunteers from the isle seats. Kids in the middle of the row slow down the pace of the show. It’s a real killer.
- Here is a really old bit: When you bring up a volunteer ask them to stand on top of the trap door. It gets a laugh every time. Seriously — try it!
- No matter what happens during the show, LAUGH!! The audience will too!
Today, go out and be someone’s clown.
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