Bring on the Clowns! Addressing Latin Comicity

The explosion of female clowns, although a relatively recent phenomenon, is the core theme of the International Meeting of Clown Women in São Paulo. 58 female clowns are attending with visitors from Uruguay, Ecuador and, Argentina.

SÃO PAULO, BRAZIL - “Grandma” was the best known and most beloved clown in New York’s prize-winning Big Apple Circus. With a grey curly wig, a string of beads, and a lumpy red dress, she was someone special to audiences of millions.

But she wasn’t a she: she was a he, Barry Lubin, a clown who spent years refining the character and became a good friend when this gringo worked with that circus. Reflecting on it, Grandma could just as well have been a woman – most grandmas are.

Perhaps I’m dim, but the question of Grandma . . .

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