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Clowns

Clumsiness (See AWKWARDNESS, INEPTITUDE.)
Bardolph
“coney-catching rascal”; follower of Falstaff. [Br. Lit.: Merry Wives of Windsor]
Bertoldo
medieval jester, butt, and buffoon. [Ital. Folklore: Walsh Classical, 54–55]
Dagonet
fool at the court of King Arthur, who knighted him. [Br. Lit.: Barnhart, 303]
Feste
playful fool. [Br. Lit.: Twelfth Night]
Geddes
jester in the court of Mary Queen of Scots. [Scot. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 380]
Gobbo, Launcelot
a “wit-snapper,” a “merry devil.” [Br. Lit.: Merchant of Venice]
harlequin
comic character in commedia dell’arte; dressed in multicolored tights in a diamond-shaped pattern. [Ital. Drama: NCE, 1194]
Hop-Frog
deformed dwarf ; court fool. [Am. Lit.: “Hop-Frog” in Portable Poe, 317–329]
Jocus
Cupid’s companion and fool. [Rom. Lit.: Psychomachia]
Joey
after Joseph Grimaldi, famous 19th-century clown. [Am. Hist.: Espy, 45]
Jupe
a clown in Sleary’s circus. [Br. Lit.: Hard Times]
Kelly, Emmett
(1897–1979) foremost silent, sad-faced circus clown. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 83]
McDonald, Ronald
hamburger chain’s Pied Piper. [Am. Culture: Grinding]
Merry-Andrew
Andrew Borde, Henry VIII’s> physician. [Br. Hist.: Wheeler, 241]
Pagliacci
clown Canio stabs his unfaithful wife and her lover. [Ital. Opera: Osborne Opera, 233]
Patch
court fool of Elizabeth, wife of Henry VII. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Handbook, 380]
Touchstone
a “motley-mined,” “roynish” court jester. [Br. Lit.: As You Like It]
Yorick
jester in the court of Denmark. [Br. Lit.: Hamlet]
References in classic literature ?
When the harlequin heaved the comic constable heavily off the floor the clown played "I arise from dreams of thee.
For an instant it seemed seriously likely that he would stride across the footlights; then he turned a glare at the clown playing the piano; and then he burst in silence out of the room.
They rushed on to the now curtained stage, breaking rudely past the columbine and clown (who seemed whispering quite contentedly), and Father Brown bent over the prostrate comic policeman.
Medical research has found humor can have a positive effect on patients and implementation of medical clowns, particularly in pediatric settings, has become an integral and therapeutic component of care in many hospitals throughout the world.
World Clown Association President-elect Randy Christensen, responding to an outbreak of harassment by roving scary clowns, New York Magazine, October 24
Fourteen teenagers dressed as clowns were already arrested in France.
As the hourlong show rolls on, the clowns switch seamlessly from musical numbers to sword throwing to riotous chase scenes that leave the kids in stitches.
Clowns International – the country's only group for the laughter–loving performers – have seen membership numbers fall from 1000 in the 1980s to just over 100 today.
In the paintings, clowns with split faces were often apparent, juggling life rather than just tennis balls.
But some copycats are said to have carried knives and chased people, sparking entertainment group Clowns International to brand them a menace.
Performer Tony Eldridge, of Clowns International, said: "This is doing clowning no favours and is harming society.