Clowns typically work birthday parties, company picnics, street fairs, parades, Christmas parties, office parties and even nursing homes. Their fees often range from $50 per 45-minute appearance to several hundred dollars, depending on where they live, what they offer and the competition in their community.
Barbara Porath, 41, of Lincoln Park, Mich., is a computer analyst who clowns on weekends.
"It's a different personality," Porath said. "When I was younger, I was quiet and shy. And I go to work all day and dress for this management job in a suit and have to pretend I'm an adult.