U.S. clown shortage no laughing matter

Reddit users will have posted 100 hilarious Internet memes by the time his nose glue dries. (AP Photo)

Reddit users will have posted 100 hilarious Internet memes by the time his nose glue dries. (AP Photo)

Despite the headlines out of Washington, D.C., the world is running out of clowns.

The sad news emanates from a New York Daily News “EXCLUSIVE”, which says interest in professional clowning “has plummeted.”

In the last 10 years, membership in the World Clown Association has dropped from 3,500 to 2,500 and most of the remaining clowns are old, but I’m not sure we can take those numbers seriously.

“Clowning isn’t cool anymore,” said one clown, who may or may not have had a fake tear running down his cheek.

“American kids these days are thinking about different careers altogether,” said a dispirited clown named Cido. “[Young people] are thinking about everything other than clowning.”

This clown speaks the truth.

Young people are likely pondering crushing student debt, a lack of real job opportunities and the latest YouTube video featuring cute animals instead of smearing gobs of greasepaint on their face, donning giant, floppy shoes and working on critical juggling skills.

It’s a tough job. Remember the media giving grief to the rodeo clown who poked fun at President Obama? Who in their right mind could keep joy in their heart when every attempt at levity is put under a microscope and somehow considered inappropriate?

Hopefully, the youth of America will get modern clowning back on track and figure out how to make the antiquarian trade funny again. As the headlines below indicate, this country needs to laugh now more than ever.

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16 comments Add your comment

Jack ®

February 18th, 2014
10:56 am

I haven’t seen a child or a grownup lately that didn’t have some kind of hand-held device glued to their ears: They’ve probably forgot what a clown looks like.

Brace4impactz

February 18th, 2014
10:58 am

It’s time to access the untapped “clown mines” of Georgia. No need to dig, all the purest clown ore is on the surface.

George Mathis

February 18th, 2014
11:03 am

Brace … that comment brought tears to my eyes. It is good to see someone else redneckognize our state’s limitless talent.

Bumper

February 18th, 2014
11:14 am

“…when every attempt at levity is put under a microscope and somehow considered inappropriate?”

That. We’ve become so infected with political correctness that anything that’s said or done is liable to offend someone. I won’t be surprised if we hear from dog lovers who ‘feeeel’ that George has disrespected (feral) Chihuahuas.

Hidden Agenda

February 18th, 2014
11:36 am

No shortage in Washington D.C. You need only look behind the doors marked “Federal Government.”

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 18th, 2014
11:40 am

A bit of glossing over what really happened at the rodeo there. What you call “levity” could be construed as a threat to violence. Given recent statements about having our President shot as an enemy combatant made in front of a US Congressman without objection and past assassinations and any number of racial comments directed at the President, the attempt to trivialize the actual events and call it “levity” is just sad and pitiful on your part. Numerous comics have found ability to poke fun at the President without resorting to the “levity” of violence.

The Kansas City Star described what transpired:
“The announcer wanted to know if anyone would like to see Obama run down by a bull,” the posting said. “The crowd went wild. He asked it again and again, louder each time, whipping the audience into a lather.”

Another clown then apparently joined the performance.

“One of the clowns ran up and started bobbling the lips on the mask and the people went crazy,” the posting said. “Finally a bull came close enough to him that he had to move so he jumped up and ran away to the delight of the onlookers hooting and hollering from the stands.”

The Geezer

February 18th, 2014
12:02 pm

People are too serious and do not know how to have fun any more.

Kamchak ~ Thug From The Steppes

February 18th, 2014
12:14 pm

No shortage in Washington D.C at the Georgia Gold Dome. You need only look behind the doors marked “Federal Government Georgia State Legislature.

Fred ™

February 18th, 2014
12:18 pm

Wow, if the New York Daily News were only to send a reporter to the sessions under the gold dome, their fears would disappear faster than a poot in hurricane.

Just watching Nathan, Ralston, and Tyrone Brooks, et al in action would restore their faith in stupid.

Keep Up the Good Fight!

February 18th, 2014
12:30 pm

The simple solution is to mandate that the legislative clowns wear clown make up. It certainly would have made Christie’s “joke” about being the one to put the cones out seem funnier than it does these days. And it would be hysterical when Deal denies medicare coverage to thousands of Georgians and hospitals close as a result of his playing politics with people health.

jim

February 18th, 2014
1:10 pm

“Reddit users will have posted 100 hilarious Internet memes by the time his nose glue dries” Really? REALLY?!

ww3

February 18th, 2014
2:30 pm

what is the average annual income for a pro clown

Bernie31

February 18th, 2014
2:43 pm

Georgia is Clowns are US!

Bernie31

February 18th, 2014
3:12 pm

We have a TON of Clowns from Georgia in Congress and the Gold Dome. as a Matter of Fact their Nickname is “The CLOWN POSSE” they wear suits istead of the normal Clown Costume. But every time they are before the Cameras you cannot help but see that Big RED RUBBER NOSE! when ever they Speak!
uh..huh

Bernie31

February 18th, 2014
3:13 pm

corretion:

We have a TON of Clowns from Georgia in Congress and the Gold Dome. as a Matter of Fact their Nickname is “The CLOWN POSSE” they wear suits instead of the normal Clown Costume. But every time they are before the Cameras you cannot help but see that Big RED RUBBER NOSE! when ever they Speak!
uh..huh

Horsetoothedjackass

February 18th, 2014
5:42 pm

Those who may have in the past pursued clowning as a career have opted to ditch the greasepaint and work with companies like Cirque Du Soleil, as the comedic figures in their shows typically wear makeup that is less clown-like.