Clown Shortage

EXCLUSIVE: National clown shortage may be approaching, trade organizations fear

Membership at the World Clown Association, the country's largest trade group for clowns, has dropped from about 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004.

"What happens is they go on to high school and college and clowning isn't cool anymore," he said. "Clowning is then put on the back burner until their late 40s and early 50s."

"American kids these days are thinking about different careers altogether," said Zavieh, 44, who has worked under the moniker Cido for nearly two decades.

"They're thinking about everything other than clowning."

"Our audience expects to be wowed," said David Kiser, Ringling Bros. director of talent. "No longer is it good enough to just drop your pants and focus on boxer shorts."

It's the "EXCLUSIVE!!" that really gives it a sense of urgency.

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7 Responses:

  1. Pavel Lishin says:

    As a result of the more challenging tryouts, just 11 clowns out of 14 who were selected from 531 applicants to attend a rigorous 14-day boot camp at the Ringling Bros. Clown College last year were offered jobs with the world-famous circus.

    I so very, very badly want video footage of what a rigorous 14-day clown bootcamp looks like.

    • Aaron says:

      Google Images has many pictures of drill sergeants.

      Google Images has many pictures of clowns.

      The sets appear to be disjoint.

      Internet, you have failed me today.

  2. mhoye says:

    I wonder if a declining clown population is some sort of indicator species that too many people are getting into software.

  3. James says:

    What the hell are clown union officials thinking, offering exclusives to some NYC city paper rag? Bozos!

  4. Here's hoping we've hit peak clown.

  5. gryazi says:

    No juggalos need apply?

  6. Jef Poskanzer says:

    ...And then a Fiat 500 pulled up and 20,000 clowns got out.