Archive for Hospital Clowns

Laughter League

The first version of a video introducing the members of the Laughter League, a clown unit at Boston Children’s Hospital

The Gaza Clown: Ex-cancer patient brings laughter to sick kids

Video by TRT World

The healing powers of laughter – a former cancer patient brings smiles to the faces of children undergoing treatment in the Gaza Strip.

Clown Doctors Help Heal with Humor

They say that laughter is the best medicine and The Big Apple Circus Clown Care Unit has been helping doctors by bringing humor into their hospitals since 1986. HooplaHa recently spent a day at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center in Baltimore, Maryland with original Clown Care team member Bill Boots (Dr. Boots) and his partner Matthew Pauli (Dr. Spats). Members of the Clown Care team work with physicians to conduct ‘clown rounds,’ their own version of medical rounds, where the healing power of humor is always the prescription!

Bun Fun International Clown Festival

Organiser: Red Nose Production Limited

Friendly Clown ‘Lotsy Dotsy’ A “Rock” For Young Patients

Video by CBS Miami
CBS Miami’s Rudabeh Shahbazi reports.

Clowns Juggling at the Hospital

Team Heal Duane shared this video of two clowns juggling.

How to create a napkin rose by Bunky & Teresa Gretton MACA convention Nov 2015

Step by step instructions on how to fold/create the napkin rose by professional clowns Bunky and Teresa Gretton.
filmed at MACA Clown convention, Harrisburg PA

Clown Care

Big Apple Circus Clown Care®, the world’s first professional medical clowning program, brings the joy and wonder of classic circus arts to children, their families and their caregivers in 15 pediatric hospitals across the country. Help support this important work this holiday season and throughout the year with a donation.

Clown around to help kids

From WWLP-22News: Next weekend, you can clown around all day and have fun while raising money to help children and families in need. Wendy Hart and Craig Kazin A.K.A Doc, a Melha Clown, previewed the events.

Big Apple circus Clown care in South Florida

The following is a message from Deborah Kaufmann, Associate Creative Director of Community Programs with the Big Apple Circus



Clown Care® a program of The Big Apple Circus

At Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

Auditions September 2015
Group Audition, Wed., September 9th, 6-9 pm
Call Backs, Thursday September 10th, 10 am-3pm
Applicants will be contacted with details

Big Apple Circus Clown Care®, the world’s first professional hospital clowning program seeks professional variety artists specializing in music, physical comedy, improv, clown, magic, juggling, puppetry, to perform year-round in pediatric hospitals. Mastery of a musical instrument and Spanish fluency a plus. This is permanent part-time position working for the Big Apple Circus, with an elite group of performing artists who have dedicated themselves to bringing joy to hospitalized children and their circle of caregivers. Program at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital.”

  • Regular daytime work leaves you free for evening gigs and shows.
  • Flexible scheduling.
  • Continuing artistic development, including classes with master teachers and professional development conferences
  • Paid training period

For a look at our programs:

Please mail or email letter of interest, resume, headshot and character photo. You may include your website address if you have one. More details will be provided with an invitation to audition.

No phone calls please. No walk-ins.

Deborah Kaufmann
Associate Creative Director
Big Apple Circus, Community Programs
One Metrotech Center
Brooklyn, NY 11201

The Big Apple Circus is an equal opportunity employer.