Is it possible with all the clowns in the Whitehouse and US Senate there's actually a clown shortage in the country?
“What’s happening is attrition,” said Clowns of America International President Glen Kohlberger. “The older clowns are passing away.”
Memberships in Clowns Of America is way down. And like the great generation who carried the country through WWII the old clowns are likewise dying off at an accelerated pace. And no one is putting on the big floppy shoes to replace them.
“The challenge is getting younger people involved in clowning,” said Deanna (Dee Dee) Hartmier. Wonder if Dee Dee knows about the Occupy movement? The suspicion is that after high school kids are less interested in clowning around and so don't consider refining skills they picked-up in gym class as a possible career move.
Ringling Bros. seems to be unaffected for now - they're even demanding deeper clown resumes. The circus says they keep a tight roster of just twenty-six clowns around, and only twelve of them are allowed in the ring at a time.
“Our audience expects to be wowed,” said David Kiser, Ringling Bros. director of talent. “No longer is it good enough to just drop your pants and focus on boxer shorts.” Guess that exempts Bill Clinton and Pee Wee Herman from trying out.