Do you find Clowns Funny or just Damn Scary?

Posted on April 22nd, 2008 by mike

Mike here,


This week the Moscow State Circus comes to my town and the kids are keen to go!

And of course there will be clowns.

Now then, as Stephen King’s clown from IT hangs over this post – what do you feel about clowns?

Do you find them funny or do they scare the hell out of you? Creepy or funny?

And just why do we laugh at slapstick? What is it about violence portrayed in this way that we find funny?

26 Responses to “Do you find Clowns Funny or just Damn Scary?”

  1. Purple13 says:

    Hi Mike – well the film scared me for sure!

    At our local playgroup, we booked a clown for the kids party. He explained that he wore a colourful ‘rag like’ costume rather than the traditional face paint after getting so many little ones burst into tears the moment he appeared.

    Laurel and Hardy did it and they only wore bowler hats!

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  2. Rufus says:

    Ugh. Even Ronald McDonald creeps me out.
    IMHO clowns are disturbing. When they show themselves as evil or demonic — I can tolerate them, because … well … they scare me when they try to look … uh … erm … clownish?

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  3. aussiecynic says:

    nah I like Clowns…
    at least the ones in custome… lol… ;)

    anyone who needs to dress up as clown to behave in an evil is just plain sick… well I guess if you dress up as a clown you have issues anyways…
    Oh now i am confused…

    but I still like them…

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  4. Jim & Em says:

    Clowns are funny….

    Ronald McDonalds.
    Krusty the clown.
    Billy Smarts circus.

    Jim here having enoyed the Moscow state circus (in Moscow) Cirque de soleil in Dubai and Billy Smarts in Crew.

    The same old buckets of glitter, the sound of the horn and the endless handkerchief never fail to amuse us…

    WATCH out for the swinging ladder!

  5. Urban Pagan says:

    Don’t scare me but kids entertainers who dress up as clowns are dubious to say the least.

    unhealthy obsession with getting close to kids in my book.

    ‘I’ve got a magic coin in one of my pockets…….down a bit……. down a bit……. ooooooh you’ve woken up sammy the snake- I wonder if he’ll spit out any venom if you stroke his head’

  6. waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah I am super scared of clowns they are creepy looking, just look at that pic you posted waaaaaaaaaaaaaaah…. but hmmm there is one clown I don’t get scared of McDonalds maybe because I like their frenchfries and burgers so much but the rest are creepy not funny waaaaaaaah

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  7. Urban Pagan says:

    I agree with you on MacD’s

    love macd’s

    • mike says:

      My mate used to work for MacD – he always ate a burger as soon as it was prepared so you don’t get the soggy bun thing – he says they taste much better then after they have sat around for 5 minutes.

      And yes – they’re rubbish really – but still love them! YUM

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      • aussiecynic says:

        its really sad but If I drive to my closest town.. 3 hours away…I have to get maccas its a must ..
        I know their food is rubbish, I know its not good for me, but I endulge so rarely its ok just a treat… I always get a Big Mac…
        and put the fries into it.. anyways now they are advertising they are making everything to order… you order it hey make…. bugger me… I want junk food… they are also advertising a healthy menu…. deli style….
        If I want bloody health foods I’ll stay home… I only go to maccas because it has loads of sugar, feels like cardboard to eat, has loads of persatives etc… I want to eat some Rubbish JUNK FOOD that is BAD for me….
        Whats wrong with this world..

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  8. Urban Pagan says:

    I love lots about Macd’s

    they give people from minorities work and possiblities to succeed

    they are very equal opps

    and their burgers are always lovely

  9. Ooooh, Mike! Clowns are off the chain!!

    In my years of haunting, I’ve found clowns and chainsaws to garner our loudest screams. Put them together like I did last year and you’ve got a mess to clean up off the floor. :D

    Personally, I love clowns and I find it interesting that others don’t. So much so that I did a bit of research on the fear of clowns known as Coulrophobia. It is these questions that cause tension and fear: “Why do they smile all the time?” “Why is their makeup so exaggerated?” “What are they hiding?”

    When I think of clowns, my mind goes to John Wayne Gacy — the serial killer who dressed as a clown and performed at children’s partys. They say he killed 33 people. He was put to death by lethal injection in 1994.

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  10. i*maginate says:

    Clowns are funny lest they have hands like the ones portrayed in this pic!

  11. Taylor Blue says:

    OMG I am so scared of clowns!! I can’t even be in the same room as ONE!!! EVER!!!

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  12. I hate clowns with the so-called funny face painting, actually that is creepy..

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