Facts About Clowns
Clowns! You know them, you love them. Unless you don't, which is pretty normal nowadays. But whether you want to spread the fear this Halloween, or you're looking for a colorful costume for a carnival or some other event, this collection of clown costumes is the perfect place to start – and finish! The “clown” character came out of the zanni “rustic fool” characters from early modern commedia dell'arta, which were based of characters from ancient Greek and Roman characters. The world “clown was first recorded in circa 1560, meaning rustic, boor, and peasant. The idea of a clown as a jester or a fool began after 1600, possibly originating from Shakespeare. The now-classic idea of a clown, a colorful fool and physical comedian, began in the early 1800s with Joseph Grimaldi, who played “Clown” in Charles Dibdin's 1800 pantomime Peter Wilkins: or Harlequin in the Flying World. The circus clown began in the 19th century, and likely began when Philip Astley added a clown to his equestrian shows to amuse spectators between events. In the 20th century clowns drifted toward a beaten-down look, becoming hobos or tramps thanks to Charlie Chaplin, Emmett Kelly, and Marceline Orbes.