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Meeko
06-04-2005, 08:31 AM
Granted its hard to tell with all the makeup on, but then we could split the question into 2 and ask if any Clown was ever as a Clown while being Non-Cascasian.

I did some preliminary Googleing, and confirmed that Bozo (Bell and D'Auria) was indeed Caucasian.


It boils down to this;

Are clowns typically American Caucasians?

racer72
06-04-2005, 08:51 AM
J. P. Patches (http://jppatches.com/), a Seattle area icon for over 40 years, is actually an African American gentleman named Chris Weddes.

bizzwire
06-04-2005, 08:53 AM
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Does Alan Keyes count?
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Si Amigo
06-04-2005, 09:14 AM
Well Damon Wayons did "Homey the Clown" on the series "In Living Color" back in the early ninites. Famous forthe line "Homey don't play that!" while bopping someone over the head. :D

http://tvacres.com/clowns_homey.htm

Little Nemo
06-04-2005, 09:22 AM
Wasn't the guy who played Barney the Dinosaur black?

Derleth
06-04-2005, 09:32 AM
Well Damon Wayons did "Homey the Clown" on the series "In Living Color" back in the early ninites. Famous forthe line "Homey don't play that!" while bopping someone over the head. :D

http://tvacres.com/clowns_homey.htmThat is the first thing I thought of, as well. I don't know if it really counts, though. :D

Beyond that, I can't really think of any. But I'm not a clown expert.

HeyHomie
06-04-2005, 09:58 AM
Forgive me if I'm using too narrow a definition of "Caucasian" and too broad a definition of "clown," but I submit Mario Moreno Reyes, also known as Cantinflas (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cantinflas), who was Mexican.

Larry Mudd
06-04-2005, 01:57 PM
J. P. Patches (http://jppatches.com/), a Seattle area icon for over 40 years, is actually an African American gentleman named Chris Weddes.Holy crap! I had no idea he was still working. Used to watch his show religiously in the early seventies. Whoa.

anson2995
06-04-2005, 02:24 PM
Wasn't the guy who played Barney the Dinosaur black?
No. The man who did the voice of Barney was Bob West and he is caucasian.

Shoeless
06-04-2005, 06:23 PM
Wasn't the guy who played Barney the Dinosaur black?
You may be thinking of Kevin Clash, who does the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street.

samclem
06-04-2005, 06:24 PM
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Does Alan Keyes count?
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bizzwire. While I know how tempting it is to respond in GQ to such great straight lines, please don't do this.

samclem GQ moderator.

rfgdxm
06-04-2005, 06:29 PM
How many "famous" clowns have there been on a national level?

mobo85
06-04-2005, 07:59 PM
No. The man who did the voice of Barney was Bob West and he is caucasian.

But the actor in the Barney suit was a black man.

Little Nemo
06-04-2005, 10:04 PM
No. The man who did the voice of Barney was Bob West and he is caucasian.
You may be thinking of Kevin Clash, who does the voice of Elmo on Sesame Street.
I'm talking about Bob Joyner, who was the black guy inside the purple dinosaur suit.

anson2995
06-04-2005, 10:09 PM
But the actor in the Barney suit was a black man.
Yes... his name is David Joyner.

C K Dexter Haven
06-04-2005, 10:09 PM
The International Clown Hall of Fame (see theclownmuseum.org) does indeed have histories of several very famous clowns who were black.

I had the very great privilege (and it was wonderful fun, too) to investigate clowns and clown history (https://academicpursuits.us/mailbag/mclown.html) for a Staff Report. It was several years ago, the clown museum seems to have moved from downtown Milwaukee. I did mention one famous black clown, Bert Williams (1874-1922), in that report. My recollection (faulty at times) is that in the early part of the 1900s, it was possible for blacks to be clowns even though many other jobs in entertainment were closed to them, precisely because under all the make-up, who knew?

Meeko
06-04-2005, 11:17 PM
Well Damon Wayons did "Homey the Clown" on the series "In Living Color" back in the early ninites. Famous forthe line "Homey don't play that!" while bopping someone over the head. :D

http://tvacres.com/clowns_homey.htm


About 5 minutes after I Asked, I thought of Homey. But I figured he was created more or less on the fact that people can't think up African America clowns on the spur of the moment. While I agree he does fit the bill, I was hoping for less novelty acts. (That is, not one invented just to fill the perceived gap.)

Si Amigo
06-05-2005, 12:45 AM
About 5 minutes after I Asked, I thought of Homey. But I figured he was created more or less on the fact that people can't think up African America clowns on the spur of the moment. While I agree he does fit the bill, I was hoping for less novelty acts. (That is, not one invented just to fill the perceived gap.)
Yes, I was just being facetious. ;) But Al Sharpons been around for a while . . . opps, there I go, doing it again, sorry admin!. :wally

Si Amigo
06-05-2005, 12:50 AM
My recollection (faulty at times) is that in the early part of the 1900s, it was possible for blacks to be clowns even though many other jobs in entertainment were closed to them, precisely because under all the make-up, who knew?

What a cool job, investagating clowns. :cool: What a cool board, I actually learned something today. :cool:

CBCD
06-05-2005, 10:12 AM
There have been lots of non-caucasian clowns in the Beijing Opera. (http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://mybeijingchina.com/images/chou.jpg&imgrefurl=http://mybeijingchina.com/opera/roles.htm&h=200&w=160&sz=36&tbnid=MRPye0gt-EUJ:&tbnh=99&tbnw=79&hl=en&start=1&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dbeijing%2Bopera%2Bchou%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26sa%3DN)

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