Did you know Toronto has an annual clown festival?
Neither does most of Toronto!
For the last 8 years, Toronto has been home to the Toronto Festival of Clowns. This festival is a 5 day celebration of all things clowns. It combines the “best clowns, bouffon artists, physical theatre performers, vaudevillians and dancers the world has to offer.”
And these clowns are definitely NOT for kids!
I was warned before the show to ALWAYS expect audience interaction at a clown show. Any clown show. Ever. So I had no idea what would happen.
But this was awesome!!!
There was boob-grabbing, stripper-dancing, food-induced kissing, penile suggestions, confused osteoproized sports, fabulous piracy, and violent pasta sculpting. There was also a bisexual, clown on audience, ménage-a-trois make out session, and scenic creations where the audience became the props.
And the premise was a Big-Brother-Survive-A-Japanese-Game-Man-Vs-Food-Survivor show. With less rules but way more fun! I was in tears I was laughing so hard though much of the show, especially when my camera went Elvis on me (dead) right before intermission.
But of course, all that mean was that now I could become part of the performance. I got to pop a balloon and become a prop for a paradise-beach-postcard-esque scene, where each clown had to put together a scene and the audience (that wasn’t on the floor taking part in this debacle – which left about half the audience) voted on. We didn’t win. But dammit we had the biggest most involved scene ever (and a good 7 or 8 people in it).
I have never been to a clown show before but you can damn well bet I’m going to more. Even if you aren’t a fan of the theater or plays, I will be you will LOVE a clown show. I mean, you really can’t hate a clown named Boobily who wears a cheerleader outfit and is constantly grabbing her own, well endowed, breasts.
If you have ever been in theater, a clown show is basically everything that goes on backstage, onstage but with more color.
Link to the performance I attended, The Red Nose District, including profiles of all performers:
Look for 2014 Toronto Festival of Clowns at http://www.torontofestivalofclowns.com/
You can also find more information on clown shows around the world (though not all the shows are current) at http://clowns-online.com/clown-festival.php
About Dani Blanchette
I am a freelance travel and music photographer and creator of GoingNomadic.com.
I love music, food, and exploring cities without guidebooks. I’ve flown a helicopter, hitchhiked down the east coast USA, and once snuck into the back of a zoo (in Serbia) and pet a lion.
I am always up for an adventure, and sometimes I videotape them.