Fundamentally the clown's function is to make people smile or laugh. Clown skills overlap with acting, comedy, vaudeville, magic, juggling, psychology and more. Most generally clowning is an area of theatre. There are subtle differences, but clown is largely synonymous with jester and comic and fool. Clowns often represent non-comformity incarnate, and sometimes mischief, but may also be simply parody by exageration. The role of clown is probably nearly as old as culture itself.

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By Andrew ("Drizzle") Bedno and Susan ("Sweetie") Hooper, Chicago Illinois USA.