Send In The Clowns

December 29, 2014 7:44 AM

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According to Wikipedia, schadenfreude is "the feeling of joy or pleasure when one sees another fall or suffer misfortune." Since the day one primitive man watched another get hit on the head by a coconut, physical comedy has progressed from slipping on a banana peel to the point where the art of clowning is taught at schools like the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College (here in San Francisco, Circus Center runs a popular Clown Conservatory).

Today, clowning has achieved a level of professionalism that could only have been dreamed of in the early days of vaudeville and touring circuses.

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