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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.
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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.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2000
"At the Capitol, GOP leaders sent congressional aides dressed as a bride and groom off to the White House to deliver the bill to cut taxes for married couples" (July 28). Making the handling of legislation, any legislation, the occasion for a scene more appropriate in a TV sitcom trivializes not only the legislation but the legislators. Next time, send in the clowns themselves. AL UJCIC San Francisco
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
July 19, 2012 | By David Horsey
This has been a week in which someone at the Republican National Committee must have said, "Send in the clowns!" Michele Bachmann, Rush Limbaugh and lesser jesters in the GOP circus were just a few fake noses and a seltzer bottle short of performances worthy of Ringling Bros. Bachmann was the premier buffoon. The Minnesota congresswoman alleged that a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Huma Abedin, may be a spy for the Muslim Brotherhood. Savvy readers will recall that Abedin is the wife of ex-New York Congressman Anthony Weiner, the twit who got caught tweeting photos of his nether regions.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 19, 2012 | By Philip Brandes
One sure way to stage “As You Like It” to make way sure you like it is to send in the clowns - an approach director Kenn Sabberton takes rather seriously in the Shakespeare Center of Los Angeles limited-run production at the scenic Japanese Garden on the VA West Los Angeles Healthcare Center Campus. This resetting of Shakespeare's pastoral comedy in present-day L.A. shows traces of Sabberton's (and some of his cast members') affiliation with New York-based Aquila Theatre Company, especially in its accessible and at times irreverent style.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2012 | By Weston Phippen, Los Angeles Times
Running late and mumbling words in Spanish not fit for children, he hurriedly plops on his cherry-red nose. Then he trades smiles with his red-and-white reflection in the mirror and paints on lashes that spread like curly blue spider legs. Between his two other jobs, Oscar Corona's weekdays are exhausting. The weekends, though, are his joy. He hops on one foot to slide into his red pants and finishes dressing. On this Saturday, lunch is a cup of milk and shredded coconut; it will have to do, because he won't get another chance to eat until 10 p.m. Yes, Corona says, even if he were old and his joints creaked like worn stairs from a lifetime of hard work, he would be a clown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1996 | SARAH KLEIN
Some tips from clown school: It's easier to wear a painted smile than to make a real one. You'll never get rich being a clown. And there are times to be serious. As Jack Frank, a professional clown from Huntington Beach, explained to half a dozen clowns-to-be in a class this week, when you are trying to communicate with your employers or colleagues, drop the act. He recalled meeting one clown at a convention who would mime but refused to talk. "I said: 'Look. You're a clown, I'm a clown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 14, 1993 | HENRY CHU, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The thieves may have made a goof--but it's keeping Robert Zraick from being one. Zraick, a professional clown for the L.A. Circus, told police he believes his big black satchel containing wigs, horns, nine noses, custom shoes and an exploding violin was stolen Saturday after a city-sponsored show in a downtown park.
NEWS
January 15, 1987 | DON G. CAMPBELL, Times Staff Writer
Question: About September of 1985, I read an advertisement that said: "Assemblers wanted . . . send for information." Needing a job, I sent for the information. It was a toy company in Florida. They wanted people to put some clowns together for them at $6 a clown. There was a refundable materials fee, which I paid, then I could put together my clowns. When completed, I sent my clowns by UPS to Florida and waited to receive my money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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?"
NATIONAL
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...
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
WORLD
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NATIONAL
August 27, 2013 | By Richard Simon
WASHINGTON -- A clown banned from the Missouri State Fair for his involvement in a skit that mocked President Obama said that he has received death threats and complained that "a lot of people have lost their ability to laugh. " "I've had one lady spit in my face," Tuffy Gessling told Kansas City's KCTV . "Look at the country as a whole. There's a lot more to be mad at than a rodeo clown at a rodeo trying to make somebody laugh," he said.  Although it was another clown who wore the Obama mask during a bull-riding contest as the crowd was asked whether they wanted to see Obama "run down by a bull," Gessling has told media outlets that the skit was his idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 7, 1992 | ROBERT W. WELKOS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shakes the Clown lives in Palukaville, the nation's leading producer of lard, where most of the men dress in makeup and clown costumes and hang out in a bar called the Twisted Balloon. With his clown pals, Shakes likes to drive around town boozing it up in a car painted with polka-dots. One day, they spot three mimes performing on the side of the road. "Mimes!" they shout, as they begin chasing and bashing the hapless men in white face.
NEWS
January 7, 1985 | PAUL DEAN, Times Staff Writer
There's a patch of elderly San Diego that seems to be waiting for 1943 to arrive. Kettner at Fir. It's downtown and east of the railroad tracks, a cluster of California deco warehouses with enamel bowl lights over their signs. Also a street of venerable clapboard, gingerbread two-story homes wearing widow's walks because sea captains built them. Then there's the little house that contains a culture.
NEWS
August 16, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Lady Gaga appears in clown face and, at times, an odd-looking shave-side hairstyle in the lyric video for her single "Applause," which is from her forthcoming "ARTPOP" album. The video was posted on YouTube this week, and other than the makeup, Gaga looks much more normal than she usually does in performance. Enough of this maternity leave business. Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plans to return to her royal duties by appearing with her husband at a charity dinner Sept. 12, less than two months after giving birth to little Prince George on July 22. [People]
NATIONAL
August 14, 2013 | By Matt Pearce
Expect a kinder, gentler Missouri State Fair from here on out. This week, the Missouri State Fair Commission ordered that officials and contractors hired by the state's rodeo association -- which would include cowboys and clowns -- complete sensitivity training before they are allowed to perform at the state fair again. What could prompt such a thing? The jeers of a clown. In a provocative bit of satire that went viral, a rodeo clown in Sedalia put a broomstick up his pants, donned a Barack Obama mask and asked the crowd whether it wanted to see a bull run over the president.
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