#ClownPickUpLines via Hashtag, You’re It!: @BrandNewMcMann The Top Picks

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The modern day clown dates back to the Commedia dell’arte tradition of theater in Italy dating back to the early 16th century. It was once a comedic staple of theater all across Europe. It was seen as a noble profession for actors and a normal part of any stage production. The clown that we most commonly think of now a days came from the traveling circuses of the early 1800’s. Ringling Brother’s and P.T. Barnum’s circuses traveled all over the America’s. Clown were in! They served as an ideal for simple, clean humor. But like so much that was decent and good, the modern era got it’s claws in it. Clowns started to be portrayed as things to fear in media. Books like Stephen King’s “It” and movies like “Poltergeist”, “Killer Klown From Outer Space”, “Spawn”, and “Stitches” all had us feeling ill at ease with clowns. But the real downfall was the the arrest of John Wayne Gacy. The serial killer clown who killed over 33 young boys. The shift in the perception of clown lead to the upsurge of Coulrophobia, or the fear of clowns. Last year the largest “clown college” (their words) stated that there is now a national shortage of clowns in the U.S. as attendance in the college has gone down over 64% in the last decade. Clowns are out. But there are still those who put on the big rainbow wig, red nose, and over sized shoes. Even through the grease paint everyone wants to be loved. So how do they do it? How does a clown find love? How can you break the ice while holding a pie in one hand and a rubber chicken in the other? That’s what I asked twitter this week with the hashtag #ClownPickUpLines. So check out the top list below and don’t forget to join me every Tuesday at 11 am EDT for the next exciting episode of “Hashtag, You’re It”

“I remain just one thing, and one thing only — and that is a clown. It places me on a far higher plane than any politician.”
–Charlie Chaplin

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