We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.

Advertiser Disclosure

Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.

How We Make Money

We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently from our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What does a Clown do?

By G. Melanson
Updated Mar 02, 2024
Our promise to you
Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At Practical Adult Insights, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Clowning is a centuries-old art form which can be performed in a variety of locations before diverse audiences. What a clown does as part of his or her show depends largely on the audience demographic and the venue, as well as whether or not the clown is self-employed or employed by a circus, theater troupe, or other organization. Self-employed clowns usually perform on an freelance basis for special events such as school assemblies and birthday parties, as well as performing on a recurring basis at seniors’ homes and hospitals. For these types of audiences, the clown will usually incorporate conversational into his or her routine, making jokes and engaging the audience as he or she performs. The performance typically includes such feats as juggling, riding a unicycle, making balloon animals, miming, and magic tricks.

A clown who is employed with an organization such as a circus or entertainment troupe usually performs before a larger audience and is able to incorporate a wider array of props into his or her performance than a self-employed clown. Within a circus, clowns might perform alongside, and occasionally fill in for contortionists, acrobats, trapeze artists, and jugglers. Circus clowns may also perform with animals such as elephants, horses, lions, and tigers. Most circuses require a clown as a ringmaster to act as the host of the show and guide the audience through the different acts. In between performances, the ringmaster will sometimes parody the previous act while the stage is being prepared for the next one.

Rodeo clowns are clowns who work as part of a bull riding show. Rodeo clowns distract the bull at the same moment the rider is thrown or dismounts, which allows the rider to leave the ring safely. If the rider becomes entangled in the bull, the rodeo clown will place him or herself in between the bull’s horns and the rider in order to protect the rider.

There are various schools, workshops, and camps devoted to teaching the performing arts of the circus, including clowning. These classes cover such skills as makeup application, physical comedy, facial expressions, vocals, juggling, balloon artistry, and more. A formal education in clowning is not always required in order to work in the profession, as many professional clowns are self-taught or come from families that have traditionally worked in the circus and passed down performance skills.

Practical Adult Insights is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.

Related Articles

Discussion Comments

By Melonlity — On Feb 17, 2014

What does a clown do? They scare the heck out of small children! Honestly, there is a phobia of clowns called coulrophobia and it is more common that one might think.

That's a shame, really, as some clowns are dead serious about that they do. Just talk to a professional clown or even one that engages in clowning as a part time hobby and you might just fine someone who is well aware of the history behind that passion and work hard to expand on their technique.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

Practical Adult Insights, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.