Clown. The word has so many meanings and contexts. It is arguably the oldest profession on Earth.
In recent years, in North America, when people ask me what I do, and I say “clown”, the majority of them say, “I’m scared of clowns.” No wonder. Think of Stephen King’s “It”. Now I say, comedian, but really, I am a clown.
I love the essence of the clown. To be able to get up on stage, with nothing, not even words most of the time, and just make ’em laugh.
Physical comedy is universal. As is story telling. There is just something so universally, humanly funny to watch your friend fall on their ass. It is hard wired into our brains to laugh at it, especially when it is a punchline.
The great clowns just make you keel over in laughter, like Bill Irwin and David Shiner.
Some people are just naturally funny. Yes, I do think that some people are born clowns. They just have that disposition. However, I also truly believe that it can be learned.
I have been doing it for 14 years now. I am finding so much inspiration, especially as I mature and understand life, emotions, and people more deeply. One of the talent scouts from Cirque du Soleil told me that their clowns don’t peak until they are 55. Clowns are the funniest with a ton of life experience. So, I got lots of time.
Making a gigantic audience erupt in laughter is the best adrenaline rush that I have ever had. I don’t think that I will be able to stop doing it. I have already thought of ideas to extend my career virtually as long as I can stand and speak.
I feel that it is a constant road that I will never master. There is always learning to be done. That is why I love it so much. I am incredibly excited to continue to develop, grow, teach, and create new work.