History of the Evil Clown

Großartiger, superinteressanter Artikel vom Smithsonian Mag über die Geschichte der Evil Clowns und wie aus der ihnen per se innewohnenden Darkness ein Monster wurde. Grade die Stellen über Grimaldi, dem ersten modernen Clown, finde ich extrem faszinierend:

Grimaldi, however, suited up in bizarre, colorful costumes, stark white face paint punctuated by spots of bright red on his cheeks and topped with a blue mohawk. He was a master of physical comedy—he leapt in the air, stood on his head, fought himself in hilarious fisticuffs that had audiences rolling in the aisles—as well as of satire lampooning the absurd fashions of the day, comic impressions, and ribald songs.

But because Grimaldi was such a star, the character he’d invented became closely associated with him. And Grimaldi’s real life was anything but comedy—he’d grown up with a tyrant of a stage father; he was prone to bouts of depression; his first wife died during childbirth; his son was an alcoholic clown who’d drank himself to death by age 31; and Grimaldi’s physical gyrations, the leaps and tumbles and violent slapstick that had made him famous, left him in constant pain and prematurely disabled. As Grimaldi himself joked, “I am GRIM ALL DAY, but I make you laugh at night.”

The History and Psychology of Clowns Being Scary

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Dancing on the Grave of Joseph Grimaldi, the first Clown ever