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September 30, 2010
Once upon a time, 52-year-old professional clown Gail Choate couldn’t run 60 seconds without stopping. Now, the Florida mom will run the Oct. 10 Chicago Marathon. And she did it, according to a South Florida Sun-Sentinel story, with the help of an iPhone app. Let's put aside the clown-to-marathoner part, for a moment: The fact that she turned herself around with electronic encouragement from a little program that simply told her when to walk and when to run is pretty impressive.
April 23, 2014 | By Tiffany Hsu
Same clown, new clothes: Is that the main takeaway of McDonald's newest makeover of its brand ambassador Ronald McDonald? On Wednesday, the Oak Brook, Ill., fast-food giant unveiled a new look for the redheaded clown and announced he'd be featured on McDonald's social media accounts. Gone are the lumpy yellow jumpsuit and Where's Waldo-esque sleeves. In its place is something a Weasley twin might wear -- mustard cargo pants and a red-and-white striped rugby shirt. For “special occasions,” there's a bow tie and a red blazer festooned with golden arches and Ron's signature.
June 13, 2012 | By Chuck Schilken
Bryce Harper has Twitter abuzz Wednesday morning. But all the fuss isn't just about the monster game he had Tuesday for the Washington Nationals -- it's about what he said afterward. One line in response to a query from a reporter in Toronto following the Nationals' 4-2 win over the Blue Jays: "That's a clown question, bro. " Harper had just posted his second straight three-hit game -- one that included the longest home run of his young career -- to help the upstart Nationals win their fifth straight game and pull to a four-game lead in the National League East.
February 19, 2014 | Michelle Maltais
Reports of the demise of clowns in America might be as exaggerated as the expressions on their brightly painted faces and the oversized shoes on their feet. "There is no shortage," said World Clown Assn. Vice President Bob Neil, emphasizing each word. "If there were fewer clowns, I'd be a rich man. " On Wednesday, a story from the Daily News in New York declared the advent of a national clown shortage as those seemingly ageless faces under all the makeup start to wrinkle.
June 19, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro and Michael A. Memoli
  WASHINGTON -- Perhaps no one has been more enamored of Washington Nationals' rookie slugger Bryce Harper than his fellow Nevadan, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Reid, a lover of baseball, brings up Harper almost weekly in his news briefings on Capitol Hill, including on Tuesday. In a display of pop-culture proficiency, Reid popped off with "That's a clown question, bro" -- Harper's put-down gone viral -- when asked a political question on Capitol Hill.
June 30, 2013 | By Chuck Schilken
Matt Osborne -- who as the original Doink the Clown brought delight and probably more than a little terror to professional wrestling fans everywhere -- has died at age 55. NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth is reporting that Osborne died in a local hospital after his girlfriend found him unresponsive inside their Plano, Texas, apartment. There was no word on the cause of death, although investigators are saying it appears to be accidental. On its website, the WWE called Osborne's character "one of the most enduring personas of the early '90s.
April 18, 1996
Thank you to Lynell George for her terrific article regarding Jack in the Box ("My Life With the Clown," March 28). I felt like she must have lived my childhood! I think "Jack in the Box" were the first words I learned to spell as I had a Grandma who would take me to Jack's, but to keep it a secret, she would spell it out to my mom. Thank you for a Thursday morning walk down memory lane. --KELLEE McCRORY Santa Ana While reading "My Life With the Clown," I thought I could actually smell the wafting aroma of childhood memory.
March 28, 2013 | By Vincent Bevins, Los Angeles Times
BRASILIA, Brazil - Francisco Everardo Oliveira Silva never expected to actually be elected to Brazil's Congress. When he ran for a seat in 2010, he used his clown name, Tiririca, and wore a tiny orange hat and a blond wig in his campaign TV spots. Between singing and dancing, he made some very odd campaign promises. "What does a federal deputy do? I don't really know. But vote for me, and I'll tell you!" "I promise to help those in need," he said, in a nod to political corruption.
April 18, 1994
I found your article "Send in the Clowns . . . An Army of Evil in Oversized Shoes" (March 24) to be very offensive and negative to the--yes--"art of clowning." Maybe the reporter wrote in response to how his audition went: bad. Maybe he's just not funny. At any rate, with an attitude like the one throughout the article, I doubt if the public would welcome him into the world of the clown. I am a clown. I graduated from the very school in 1978 and have clowned in various circuses both here and in Europe, including Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey.
April 2, 2012 | By Robin Abcarian
Many worlds collided Sunday night on the second episode of this season's long-anticipated “Mad Men”: Don Draper and the Rolling Stones. Fat, depressed Betty and Don's mod new wife, Megan. And a sideways swipe at George Romney, a onetime presidential candidate, that had many wondering if series creator Matthew Weiner was implying something about his son, Mitt, front-runner in the current Republican presidential campaign. In the episode, Betty's new husband, Henry Francis, a Republican political operative working for New York City Mayor John Lindsay, tells someone on the phone, “Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan.
February 13, 2014 | By Randy Lewis
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Insane Clown Posse has scotched plans to hold its annual Gathering of the Juggalos festival at a previously announced site in Kaiser, Mo., but the theatrical music collective insists that the event will go on once a new location is found. The Illinois-based group released an extended statement Thursday detailing why operators of Crybaby Campground in Kaiser decided not to host the event this year after previously announcing that it would take place there.
February 8, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
Sweet revenge? Clippers Coach Doc Rivers , joking about why he signed Sasha Vujacic : "He made some shots against us when he was a Laker and I felt like if I could sign him and bench him and never play him again that that would be terrific for me. " Clowning around Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins , after Chicago's Mike Dunleavy pushed him in the back on a fastbreak: "He's a clown, and he's scared. I wouldn't even waste my time on him if I ever saw him outside of the gym. He's a clown.
February 4, 2014 | Nita Lelyveld
One day in his little back room at Bolt Barbers in West Hollywood, Richie the Barber -- shaved head halfway to total tattoo coverage -- decides he'd like to break a Guinness World Record. "Most tattooed," he says. "Hey, wouldn't that be great?" Just thinking about it makes him bounce, eyes wide with excitement, in front of his turn-of-the-century barber chair. For a second, he pauses work on the head of hair he is shaping rapidly into a fade. "But that's probably hard, right?"
January 9, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
The Insane Clown Posse, a rap group with multiple platinum albums, is suing the federal government to have its loyal fan base removed from a national listing of known gangs. One of those fans, Brandon Bradley from Citrus Heights in Northern California, claims police repeatedly stopped him because of his tattoos and clothing hailing the Insane Clown Posse. Bradley isn't alone. Fans of the group -- also known as "Juggalos" -- claim they get harassed by local authorities from California to Tennessee for wearing group-inspired tattoos and clothing.
January 9, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Federal investigators have come down with a case of coulrophobia and now have to explain how the fear of clowns and their fans is not a violation of the U.S. Constitution: The Insane Clown Posse, a hip-hop rap duo, and their fans, known as Juggalos, are suing the U.S. Justice Department for including them in a 2011 FBI report “as a loosely organized hybrid gang.” The government argued that some Juggalos have been involved in assaults and a...
October 19, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- Gunmen dressed as clowns burst into a children's party and shot to death the eldest brother of one of Mexico's erstwhile largest and feared drug-trafficking families, Mexican officials and press said Saturday. Francisco Rafael Arellano Felix was killed in the Baja California city of Cabo San Lucas while attending the party at a local hotel on Friday, the reports said. Arellano Felix was the oldest of seven brothers who ran the Tijuana drug cartel that once dominated that border city.
August 17, 2012 | By Salvador Rodriguez
"Kenny the Clown," the most famous clown in the world Friday, had no idea what a serious device he had in his hands while using an iPad stolen from the home of the late Steve Jobs. "I didn't notice anything special or anything like that," said Kenneth Kahn, 47, a professional clown. "It was silver -- it looked normal. I was basically using it like an iPod. " Kahn received the iPad from his friend, Kariem McFarlin, who has confessed to stealing it and several other items last month from Jobs' Palo Alto home.
September 23, 2013 | By David C. Nichols
This is a show about clowning, and I'm the straight man,” says actor Lorenzo Pisoni early on in “Humor Abuse,” currently sending Mark Taper Forum audiences skyward with the velocity of a helium balloon. He pauses, then adds, “Seriously.” Pisoni is only being honest, albeit self-effacing, and thus begins a rapturous 90 minutes that sail past like cascading juggling pins. By keeping its knee-slapping, gasp-inducing and heart-tugging elements in quietly accelerating balance, this Obie-winning solo piece about growing up with the Pickle Family Circus lands an uproarious, astounding and affecting tour de force.
September 20, 2013 | By Melissa Kaplan
If you're looking to take your acting work to the next level - or just cruising for a good time - try taking a violent punch to the face and falling down. Thankfully, there are myriad ways you can do this and many other stunts onstage without actually hurting yourself. And after back-to-back 12-hour days at SlapCon, an annual slapstick convention, I may have learned them all. The brainchild of Hollywood entertainer and pancake juggler Scot Nery, SlapCon is in its second year and has more than doubled in size since its inception.
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