I had a wonderful time performing in a private circus show last week with Fred Baisch. It was such a treat to be able to do all the things I love in one shot. It was a one-ring show put together specifically for a company party. They had a circus theme. There were midway games and gourmet food booths. We did meet and greet before the show. Everyone was in a good mood as these folks genuinely liked the company they work for.
I love meet and greet. I brought some toys with me so I had something to use to get their attention. There were no children, just adults.
It is still funny to me that you can engage people with a rubber chicken in a dress, painted claws, and purple beads! I think the sheer ridiculousness of it helps people drop their guard. It doesn’t hurt that her name is Gladys!
I asked folks how they liked their job and used Gladys like a secret microphone. “just speak into the chicken, sir, so your boss gets the message.” Silly!
There were beautiful show girls walking around with big feather head dresses. I told people Gladys had feather envy.
Folks wanted to know how my rubber chicken lost all her feathers. I had to think fast. Since she had cheap purple Mardi gras beads on I said she had a wild night in New Orleans and preferred not to talk about it. I can always get a laugh out of telling people I’m taking Gladys to a bar-b-que after she show, with a big wink.
A slightly different approach
Clowning for adults is a bit different when there aren’t any children around for them to hide behind. You need to get them to drop their guard before they will play with you.
I find if you engage them in a more adult conversation first they will open up. “Hey, are you guys ready to have some fun tonight?” (obviously they were as there was an open bar provided by the boss!) or “So, this seems like a pretty good company to work for” and then intro “I’m Pricilla Mooseburger and this my friend Gladys” …And away we go!
Fred and I performed our Camera Gag. We had to adjust it to work in-the-round. But it worked just fine and was really fun.
I got to watch an old friend from Disneyland, Don Bursell, work his plate spinning act. Very funny!
As most of you know I don’t get to perform much anymore as running my businesses keeps my schedule jam-packed! But an opportunity like this was a real treat.
My life never ceases to amaze me.
Have you had to perform in clown for just adults? How have you changed your performance to suit the audience? Have any advice to share with our readers? Write a comment below or post it to our Mooseburger Clown Arts Education Facebook Page
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