Clowning Burns Calories; How to Lose Weight While Making People Laugh.

Scientists say that if you clown around for 15 minutes a day you’ll burn the equivalent of 300 calories in a week.

Maybe that’s why circus clowns are so skinny!

Or, as Dietician Juliette Kellow says, “New research published in the International Journal of Obesity has discovered that laughter really is the best medicine for a weight problem.”

And the London Telegraph newspaper has this encouraging headline:

Laughing intensely for an hour can burn as many calories as lifting weight for 30 minutes, scientists have found.

And that’s not all. In Israel a recent study found that clowning helped with the birthing process: “A recent study has found a link between clowns and IVF success, or a successful in-vitro fertilization. The study found that women undergoing IVF treatment were more likely to become pregnant if visited by a “medical clown” because the clowns reduce stress.”

The World Clown Association says:  “Clowns enjoy sharing this experiential art for varied reasons.  Some clown because of their love of laughter.  Some clown because of the new relationships they forge.  Some enjoy entering this “different world” than their normal everyday life—it becomes stress-relief for themselves personally.  Some have found clowning to be a great communication method that holds the attention of an audience as they share an important message.” 

Would you enjoy becoming a clown, as a hobby or even as a new profession? (Or just to shed a few pounds or relieve some stress!)

There are numerous amateur clown clubs around the United States, and around the world, that would welcome you into their silly society. If you would like to find a local clown club in your area, check out the Clowns International website  for contact information in your neighborhood.

And if you’re really serious about being funny, you can audition to become a professionally paid clown with The Greatest Show on Earth — Ringling Brothers, Barnum & Bailey Circus! Their 2016 audition schedule will be out in the next few weeks.


If you want to hone your clown skills, there are several national workshops that provide professional training in the noble art of clowning.

For instance, in Minnesota there is the internationally-famed Mooseburger Clown Camp, held every summer for two weeks.

In Utah Valley baggy pants wannabes are now able to attend workshops given by master clown Timothy Torkildson.

And in New York City, the New York Goofs Clown School opens its doors every May and then again in late summer for slapstick seasoning.

The Chinese have a saying . . . “He who brings laughter brings love.”

And comedian Jerry Seinfeld reminds all of us: “Comedy is recession-proof.” 

So if you find yourself with the urge to don a red rubber nose . . . don’t fight it! It can be healthy, stress-relieving, and maybe even make you some money.

What’s not to like?

Timothy Torkildson, as Dusty the Clown, with Ringling Brothers.
Timothy Torkildson, as Dusty the Clown, with Ringling Brothers.


Clown Triptych


One alone against the world, and homeless in the gutter;

the Little Tramp ate bitter bread without a touch of butter.

His sentimental pantomime is out of sync today;

nobody likes to laugh and cry — tis but a stale cliche.

But resurrection comes to those who clowned with all their heart.

And Chaplin will again someday resume his waggish part.




His stillness was of that great kind when loud reverberation

has ceased but still the air remains in flux and agitation.

Soberly considering a world filled with derangement,

he was the very archetype of post modern estrangement.

The puzzle of the Sphinx or Mona Lisa in his face

gives to all his slapstick a tintype religious grace.




Yin and Yang, they travel down the primrose path together;

bound and harnessed by the most peculiar type of tether.

Their friendship is at odds with the dynamics of existence.

They rub along together with a risible resistence.

The serious and sane do not pretend to understand

what makes them so beloved by the folk of ev’ry land.

But like all clowns who caper for our pleasure, then depart,

Stan and Ollie have a purchase on the humble heart.

laurel & Hardy