Friday, January 21, 2022

Footit & Chocolat 1900

The famous French clowns Footit & Chocolat performing several short vignettes including the William Tell entree, some sweet stilt moves, comic spanking, and an act that would have a lot more subtext in today's cultural climate.
1900 was a strange time....

Saturday, January 15, 2022

Oleg Popov: Comedy Car

Young Oleg Popov performing the classic comedy car routine. I always enjoy seeing Popov performing with energy.
I’m not sure of the year, but am guessing the 1960s, and I’m also not certain of the circus building. However, there is an exterior shot at the end of the video. Perhaps someone more well versed in Russian circus history could provide more details.

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Ceslee Conkling: Slippers Walkaround

Twenty-eight years ago, Ceslee Conkling lost her life in a train derailment on the Ringling Blue Unit at the very beginning of the 124th Edition's two year tour.
Here she is in Winter Quarters, presenting her walkaround to Kenneth Feld and showing off her famous back fall.
Rest in peace, Ceslee. 

Saturday, January 08, 2022

Alberto Caroli


The classic White Clown, Alberto Caroli, photographed by Elena Zaïka. Alberto's family are the fantastic clown trio, Les Francescos, and for many years he was the house Clown at Cirque D'Hiver Bouglione in Paris. 

Friday, January 07, 2022

Ringling: Gabor Hrisafis


One of the nicest guys you'll ever meet, Gabor Hrisafis, performing during the Ringling Blue Unit's "Upside Down World" spec for the 134th Edition in 2004 or 2005.

Gabor recently was on tour with Cirque Musica here in the USA, and he still performs in Europe, especially around Hungary, where he lives.

Saturday, January 01, 2022

Happy Twenty Twenty Lou!

Happy Lou Year from Pat Cashin's Clown Alley! Let's kick off 2022 with an awesome interview with Master Clown Lou Jacobs filmed on the Ringling Red Unit in 1980.
Lou discusses his thoughts on clowning and reflects on his over fifty years (at that point) with the circus.