Clowns, generally speaking, are viewed ambivalently at best. Sure, they’re supposed to inspire fun and laughter, and in some of us, they do. Others get nothing but a paralyzing fear. Soon, though, that all might be a non-issue—that is, if the national clown shortage we’re looking at continues.
“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger, who added that membership at the Florida-based organization has plummeted since 2006. “The older clowns are passing away.”