I'm sad to announce that the great Carlo "Charlie" Colombaioni, age 74, passed away yesterday.
Without make-up nor costumes, speaking only in Italian in the five continents and amusing the world.
Carlo, with is brother-in-law Alberto Vitali, left the circus in the late 60s beginning the "revolution" of new clowning in the theatre. They were the first duo to introduce clowning in theatre. Carlo was the major inspiration to both Dario Fo and Fellini for the reflections about clown of this two great masters. He was the major consultant for "The Clowns" movie, and behind all the Dario Fo plays involving clowning.
He was part of a large clown dynasty: about his nephews are also David Larible and Fumagalli.
He also was one of the first ever to involve audience participation in clown entrées.