and the Seven Clown Commandments
- I will keep my acts, performance and behavior in good taste while
I am in costume and makeup. I will remember, at all times, that I have
been accepted as a member of the clown club to provide others, principally
children, with clean clown-comedy entertainment. I will remember that
a good clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and
not at the expense or embarrassment of others.
- I will learn to apply makeup in a professional manner. I will provide
my own costume. I will carry out my appearance and assignment for the
entertainment of others and not for personal gain or national publicity
when performing for either the National club or Alley events. I will
always try to remain anonymous while in makeup and costume as a clown,
though there may be circumstances when it is not reasonably possible
to do so.
- I will not drink any alcoholic beverage prior to any clown appearances.
I will abstain from drinking alcoholic beverages and smoking while in
clown makeup and clown costume. I will conduct myself as a gentleman/lady,
neither molesting nor interfering with other acts, events, spectators,
- I will remove my makeup and change into my street clothes as soon
as possible following my appearance, so that I cannot be associated
with any incident, which may be detrimental to the good name of clowning.
I will conduct myself as a gentleman/lady at all times.
- While on appearance, in makeup and costume, I will carry out the directives
of the Producer or his designated deputies. I will abide by all performance
rules without complaint in public.
- I will do my very best to maintain the best clown standards of makeup,
costuming, properties, and comedy.
- I will appear in as many clown shows as I can.
As printed in Clowning Around Magazine, published by
The World Clown Association, 107 Crestwood Drive, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
Smoking and Tobacco Products
A clown should refrain from smoking and using tobacco products while
in costume or in the public eye. The use of tobacco models inappropriate
behavior for young children and youth observing the clown, and the smell
of tobacco on the breath and clothing of a clown is unbecoming and offensive
to many people. If you do smoke while on a break, be sure and get out
of sight of the public, then use a good mouthwash and/or breath mints
prior to returning to the clowning activities. But...the best advice is
don't smoke in clown.
Excerpted from, SO YOU WANNA BE A CLOWN: Mo's Guide to
Becoming a Real Clown by Mona L. Webb, Ed.D. AKA MO