Joe Dieffenbacher

I’ve written about Joe Dieffenbacher before, but as it turns out, I’ve written mostly about projects he’s been involved with, or classes he’s been creating.  I’ve never written a post directly about him.  So It’s time.  It’s time. When I met Joe, he was the janitor at the Dell’arte School.  He’d graduated a few years before, and was hanging around […]

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David Larible: Interview in Lockdown’s Got Talent

David Larible

Great 30 minute interview (in English) with famous clown David Larible on the podcast/video show Lockdown’s Got Talent.    If you don’t know Larible, you totally should.  He’s a seventh-generation circus performer who has headlined most of the major circuses in the world, including Ringling, Circus Roncali, Circus Krone, Circus Knie, and many other shows. He’s performed on the stage […]

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Clowns Being Clowns… The Pass Along Video

Clowns being Clowns:  The PassAlong Video! Sometimes clowns being clowns is enough to make a video about. Inspired by the popular passing videos that are going around (especially the stuntman video) a group of Ringling trained clowns (myself included) got together and said: “Let’s do this!” Planned in a private Facebook group, and organized by New York clown Joel Jeske […]

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Ron “Toto” Johnson

Ron "toto" Johnson

Ron “Toto” Johnson has been a clown his entire life. He started in 1977 at age 10 in his hometown of Naugatuck CT.  He graduated Ringling Clown College in 1985. He has since worked in circuses, theme parks, casinos, riverboats, parades, carnivals, and just about every other venue you can think of. He has performed all over the world, including […]

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Sad news from the Big Apple Circus: Grandma The Clown Resigns

Bary Lubin as Grandma the Clown

I read with a heavy heart the story about Grandma the Clown (Barry Lubin) ‘s resignation from the Big Apple Circus.   https://www.nytimes.com/2018/01/23/nyregion/big-apple-circus-grandma-clown-resigns.html It suffices to say that this is terrible news for everyone all around.  Of course, for the young girl, and for Barry, and for Barry’s friends, and for the Big Apple Circus, and of course, circus people […]

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APPLY: Chicago Physical Festival-Deadline Dec 11, 2017

PHYSICAL FESTIVAL CHICAGO is calling for proposals of physical theater plays for its 5th edition of the festival that will run in June 2018. An annual contemporary, visual, and physical theater festival based in Chicago, Physical Festival presents new forms of theater that are being performed around the world and in our backyard. In 2014, Alice da Cunha and Marc Frost […]

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Healthcare Clowning Call for Abstracts: Due Nov 20!

PLEASE NOTE: THIS DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED UNTIL NOVEMBER 20!   It’s not often that clowns get praised for being abstract, but here’s our chance! The Healthcare Clowning International Meeting (HCIM) is holding its 2018 meeting from April 4-6, 2018 in Vienna Austria.  The topic of the meeting is “The Art of Clowning- Connecting Culture, Health, and Science.”   CALL […]

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