A Ringling Bros. Relative is Keeping the American Circus Alive (HBO)

VICE News Tonight visits the Kelly Miller Circus, run by the nephew of the Ringling Bros. He’s filling circus tents nightly and says the high profile closure could be good for business.

Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Final Performance

The last-ever Ringling Bros. show was broadcast LIVE on YouTube, in its entirety, on Sunday, May 21 at 7:00 pm ET/4:00 pm PT. Tune in and watch with the world as The Greatest Show On Earth takes its final bow!

A final farewell from Ringling Bros.

Red Nose Day

Through the power of entertainment, Red Nose Day raises awareness and money to help the kids who need us most, both at home and around the world.

Get ready—Red Nose Day returns May 25.

In 1985, Comic Relief launched in the United Kingdom with the goal of using comedy to raise money and help those leading really tough lives. The goal? Creating a just world free from poverty.

The very first Red Nose Day was held in 1988. With millions of people participating in its first year, it was clear that a truly amazing movement was underway.

With every fundraiser held, TV special aired, partner enlisted, and Red Nose sold the movement continues to grow. Red Nose Day has raised over $1 billion globally.

Since 2015, Red Nose Day in America has raised over $60 million to help kids and young people most in need. We’ll hope you join us on our journey as we make an even bigger impact.


Meet Rusty Nails, the Real Life Krusty the Clown

Video by OPBWeb
Did you know Krusty the Clown was loosely based on a real life Portlander? Meet James Allen, a.k.a Rusty Nails.

Ringling Bros:An Interview with boss clown Sandor Eke

Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp Promo

The nation’s most well-rounded training camp for clowns takes place every summer in Buffalo, Minnesota. Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp has been running since 1996, with one hundred clowns attending each year.

“You will do foolish things, but do them with enthusiasm!”

Visit http://www.mooseburger.com/moosecamp to learn more about our week-long clown school.
Or call 320-963-6277 to speak with the founder, Tricia Manuel (aka “Pricilla Mooseburger” or “Miss Moose”).

You’ll learn balloon twisting, makeup application, character development, face painting, puppetry, caring clowning (visiting hospitals and nursing homes), circus style movement, pie throwing, juggling, magic tricks, comic timing, and everything you need to know to put on a show.
PLUS you’ll leave with 3 times as much confidence than when you arrived!

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.

Lew-E the Clown’s Comedic Circus

Lew-E took to the stage at Auburn CityFest2017 for his performance
Video by KickerFM

First of May

May 1st is special for clowns. It is a birthday of sorts and a name for new clowns. According to the International Clown Hall of Fame and Research Center, the term “First of May”, derives from the opening of the new circus season, traditionally on or around the first day of May in the tenting circus days. The term is used to describe newcomers to the circus profession. Clowns in particular made much ado about “joining out” or being a First of May with all the innumerable inconveniences, indignities and splendid joys attendant to being a participant in the ancient and honorable brotherhood of clowning.

Now, many clowns, including those who never worked on a circus, call new clowns a “First of May”.

Wikipedia says, “First of May — A term also used in the carnival, meaning a novice performer in his first season on a show. Shows used to leave winter quarters for their opening spot on the first of May, and there are always some new workers hired on the first of May who have never worked shows before.”

Goodmagic says, “First of May — A novice performer or worker in his first season. Shows usually play the season’s opening spot on the first of May, so the term means someone “green” who is new to circus life.”

All About Clowns says, “A clown would begin to create his face as a “First of May,” which is what clowns were called during their first season with a show. By the time he was a “Johnny Come Lately,” (in the second season) he or she might still make changes.”