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Who Are the Real ‘Killer Clowns’ Terrorizing America? Insane Clown Posse weighs in on the most pressing issue in America today. (Autoplay audio)
posted by GuyZero on Oct 10, 2016 - 79 comments

Copycat Clown Killers?

North Carolina is facing an invasion of clowns. And that is not a euphemism for anything political. There have been about a half dozen nefarious clown sightings since late summer.
posted by Stewriffic on Sep 7, 2016 - 59 comments

Clowns Vs. Firefighters, Toronto Edition

If one year during the Toronto International Film Festival you’re engaging a Hollywood producer in conversation and have only a few seconds to pitch your action script before the bouncers drag you out from under the door of her bathroom stall, just fire off a three-word description of the two unlikely antagonists. Hollywood loves oddball enemies even more than unlikely buddy cops: cowboys versus aliens, mercenaries versus dinosaurs, Predators versus future governors of American states. Yet, inexplicably, no movie has been made of Toronto’s contribution to the genre: clowns versus firefighters.
posted by jason's_planet on Dec 13, 2015 - 8 comments

Conventional Wisdom

Lincolns, Taxidermists, Ventriloquists, Bronies, Reenactors, Clowns, Santas, Furries, Merfolk - Photography by Arthur Drooker
posted by fearfulsymmetry on Feb 4, 2015 - 27 comments

The new terror

Speaking of global memes... it started first in California, where a man dressed as a clown has been threatening people with an axe. And then it spread to France, where armed clowns have been assaulting people all over the country. Where will this horror strike next? (Me, I think they're space aliens.)
posted by Chocolate Pickle on Oct 29, 2014 - 50 comments

"They Float... and when you're down here, with me... YOU FLOAT TOO!"

Don’t Be Afraid Of The Clowns: [buzzfeed/buzzreads] The red-nosed pros at the 2014 World Clown Association annual convention know you think they’re creepy. How does a maligned and misunderstood centuries-old art form survive bad PR and cultural decline?
posted by Fizz on Aug 2, 2014 - 60 comments

Presumably wearing fright wigs.

Norfolk Police Warn of Alarming Clown Epidemic "It appears that the people involved are waiting for a passerby to be startled by their appearance and run away, and then the clown runs after them for a short distance. Previously, in Northampton.
posted by sweet mister on Nov 28, 2013 - 45 comments

Let Me Live That Fantasy

A jazz cover of Lourde's "Royals" by Postmodern Jukebox, featuring guest vocalist "Puddles" - Trigger Warning: Real Life Angry Clown Giant Lounge Singer (who's really good, which makes it scarier) [SLYT]
posted by Slap*Happy on Nov 21, 2013 - 42 comments

This actually happened.

Brief disturbance earlier at 5th and Jackson between superheroes and clowns. Everything's under control.
posted by empath on May 3, 2013 - 35 comments

If your kid is scared by Santa Claus and clowns, don't take them to a haunted house.

H'ween parent filter Halloween is for little kids, but it's also for scares. I found this to be helpful in determining when it's appropriate for the twixt to meet.
posted by Straw Cab on Sep 23, 2011 - 34 comments


The Self Image Film (If Mirrors Could Speak) [SLYT]
posted by Fizz on May 19, 2011 - 11 comments

The Clown Egg Register

The Clown Egg Register: “The eggs are not just a record of the clown's facial makeup, but an actual portraiture in miniature.” Also, Happy Clown Week!
posted by Deathalicious on Aug 5, 2010 - 43 comments

Dark Knight meets Matrix meets Awesome

Carousel is one incredible, continuous two-minute tracking shot of the deadly and eternal fight between cops and clowns [high definition versions here with additional interactive features]. Directed by Adam Berg, apparently 90% of the amazing stunts were captured in-camera.
posted by blahblahblah on Apr 18, 2009 - 22 comments

The Legend Begins...

In 1963 Willard Scott pulled on a pair of striped yellow pants, put a food tray on his head, and became one of the world's most recognizable clowns. [more inside]
posted by JDHarper on Apr 29, 2008 - 32 comments


Don't send in the clowns. Why are they considered scary by kids of all ages? Maybe it just makes sense. [more inside]
posted by wendell on Jan 16, 2008 - 53 comments

"Outside of being a clown, I'm very low-key."

Though there are many who bemoan the current state of Detroit, one man is trying to make a difference- Smiley, the Hip Hop Clown. Artist DeMarcus Hughes assumes the persona of Smiley, producing his own brand of hip-hop and taking his message whereever it can help. Want to see him in action? Here's Smiley's MySpace page, with videos and music.
posted by ice_cream_motor on Nov 8, 2007 - 11 comments

Freaks in the Big Top the Artwork of Mark Bryan

New Work from artist Mark Bryan's Sideshow [more inside]
posted by hortense on Oct 2, 2007 - 2 comments

“To me, clowns aren't funny. In fact, they're kind of scary. I've wondered where this started and I think it goes back to the time I went to the circus, and a clown killed my dad.”

Clown death.
posted by docpops on Feb 21, 2007 - 58 comments

Clowns Branch Out

Seattle clown crime spree! It seems that clown makeup is the New Black for robbers. Besides those Seattle clowns, clownish robbers have hit San Francisco, Tucson, Arizona, Manchester, England, and Sao Paulo, Brazil. The resourceful clowns have apparently even invented a new crime - posession of "simulated weapons of mass destruction". Where will it end?
posted by Kirth Gerson on Jul 25, 2006 - 44 comments

Footsteps in the sawdust leading to the edge of town - WZ

"We take clowns breaking into a nuclear facility serious in McLean County."
posted by Smedleyman on Jul 2, 2006 - 11 comments

How many FPPs can you fit in a little car?

But where are the clowns? Quick, send in the clowns.
Don't bother, they're here.
Isn't it rich? Isn't it queer?
Losing my timing this late in my career?
And where are the clowns? There ought to be clowns.
Well maybe next year. (Thanks, Mr. Sondheim.)
posted by DeepFriedTwinkies on Jul 18, 2005 - 27 comments

babies hate clowns

Coulrophobia (fear of clowns) has been around for eons, but there are also people who just plain hate clowns. Perhaps the hatred is a reaction against the rise of clowns in popular culture. Not only have the clowns branched out from their comedy roots, but they have helped to inspire music styles as well as dance movements. Or perhaps this hatred is just an extension of the phobia and a means of coping. Many clowns have embraced their negative image, which has led to a relatively new species of clown - the Evil Clown. Not to be confused with actual clown criminals or the whole clown pr0n phenomena (SFW except text), but rather the clowns who entertain as villains, monsters, and of course the evil clown musicians. Where did the love go?
posted by p3t3 on Jan 26, 2005 - 36 comments

There must have been some magic in that old silk they found...

Merry Christmas, Interweb! Though it's become part of a larger media conglomerate, the Chicago T.V. station famous for Bozo the Clown has dusted off some old footage from its archives. Among the goodies converted to Flash format are a Frosty the Snowman cartoon which inspired a bit of online detective work, as well as a more recent holiday favorite, The Yule Log.
posted by Smart Dalek on Dec 20, 2004 - 10 comments

I made him a giraffe, which can keep a lookout for him

A Clown Ministry Christmas. With the ever-present crush of Yuletide commercialism, perhaps this can help you remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. More generalized Clown Ministry skits can be found here.
posted by Swampjazz! on Dec 7, 2004 - 10 comments

My eyes! I'm blind!

Erotic pictures. Of clowns. NSFW, obviously. [more inside]
posted by eilatan on Jul 23, 2003 - 27 comments

Sad Clown

"The Day The Clown Cried." Even unfinished, the breathtaking scope of it's...awfulness has for thirty years both attracted and repelled would-be producers and distributors. (script, zipped Word doc) Just the concept is startling, like some kind of hellish Sad Lib -- Jerry Lewis plays a clown in Auschwitz who leads children to the gas chambers. Harry Shearer, one of the few to see the film: "You are rarely in the presence of a perfect object. This was a perfect object. This movie is so drastically wrong, its pathos and its comedy are so wildly misplaced, that you could not, in your fantasy of what it might be like, improve on what it really is. 'Oh my God!' -- that's all you can say." Can this movie ever be made?
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Jul 16, 2003 - 39 comments

Good Clown / Bad Clown.

Good Clown / Bad Clown. Yikes, check out "Ouchy the S&M Clown". Kinda makes John Wayne Gacy look like a walk in the park.
posted by kingmissile on May 22, 2002 - 16 comments

Million Clown March

Million Clown March attended by 80 clowns, who chant "No more chanting!"
posted by swift on Mar 18, 2002 - 9 comments

It isn't the circus YOU remember...

It isn't the circus YOU remember... Why would the head of Ringling Bros.-Barnum & Bailey hire a former top CIA honcho to torment a hapless freelance writer for eight years? Plus, some goodies on the Felds family - makes for a long but interesting read... Interesting... I always knew there was a reason people feared clowns but now it seems you need to fear the circus??? What has the world come to, I ask you???
posted by gloege on Aug 30, 2001 - 7 comments

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the real Shakes the clown.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present the real Shakes the clown. This guy is both amusing and pathetic at the same time. He's the kind of clown I would hire.
posted by skallas on Aug 29, 2001 - 10 comments

Cookie the clown

Cookie the clown died yesturday. My favorite clown of the long running 'Bozo Show' recorded in Chicago.

"I am the luckiest guy in the world to have worked at a job I loved, and I'm going to miss it dearly," Brown said upon his retirement in 1994.
posted by john on Jan 23, 2001 - 3 comments

I never could put my finger on exactly why, but I always hated clowns.

I never could put my finger on exactly why, but I always hated clowns. Maybe it was for the best.
posted by mathowie on Dec 21, 1999 - 0 comments

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