Saturday, September 26, 2020

Clown College Students 1969


Four members of the Ringling Clown College class of 1969: Jim Harmon, Frank Carbone, Manuel Marcos "Zapata" Barragan, Joe Sullivan, and Conrad Hartz.
All but Jim Harmon toured with Ringling. Carbone and Hartz with the Blue Unit, and "Zapata" and Sullivan on Red.

Conrad Hartz currently lives in South Carolina and makes beautiful marionettes that he performs shows with. "Zapata" and his fellow class of 1969 alum, Johnny Peers, teamed up after several years on Ringling and became one of the most popular clowning teams of the 1970s. Unfortunately he passed away in 1980 at the height of the team's success.

Friday, September 25, 2020

Circus Vargas: Guest Clowns

Dale Longmire, Billy McCabe, Bruce Warner, and George Clyatt help two news reporters become clowns with Circus Vargas sometime in the early to mid 1980s.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Sirkus Finlandia: Michelle Musser


Michelle Musser began her clowning career on Ringling in 2006. From there she teamed up with Nathan Holguin and they performed as Punchy and Judy at Circus World Museum and Culpepper Merriweather Circus.
After going solo, Michelle spent three seasons with Sirkus Finlandia in Finland. These photos, taken by Kari Nieminen, were taken during the 2018 season.

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Ringling: Robot Soda Jerk Gag

Greg Mooney, "Enof" Killebrew, and Dana Nelson perform the Robot Soda Jerk track gag during the 115th Edition of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey in 1985.

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Daredevil Chicken: Anne Goldmann and Jonathan Taylor

Ryan and I had the pleasure of seeing Anne and Jonathan live when we were taking over for them on the Mr. Swindle tour earlier this year.

We were lucky enough to watch them twice, and both times we were laughing hysterically.

Daredevil Chicken wowed audiences on the Gong Show in 2017, and they have performed in top cabaret and variety shows around the world.

Learn more about them here.

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Pierre Étaix and Jerry Lewis

Two great clowns of the silver screen photographed together at the Cirque D'Hiver Bouglione in Paris, France during the filming of The Day The Clown Cried.