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After Dinner Speaker Chuckle The Clown

Hazel and I had a lovely evening at the Knavesmire in York. It’s a special place for us as we were married in York Minster. I had been booked as an after dinner speaker and had been asked to give a talk and demonstration as Chuckle The Clown. There were about two hundred people in attendance and we enjoyed a first class meal. The food was delicious and the service was excellent. After the meal there were a few short speeches and a couple of presentations, then a comfort break before I was on. I was given an excellent introduction which explained who I was and all about my back ground and business.

My talk was in three parts.

I began with Punch and Judy as this was how I started out. I did the story about swallowing the swazzle and how it turned up again when I was in the loo. I then got onto clowning and how I went to the USA to learn the basics.

Next I had a couple of guys hold up a screen whilst I changed into my clown costume. Then a make up demonstration resulting in me in full clown slap. After this I showed off a few props and had a few folk out to try their hand.

The last part was audience participation under the pretext of a clowning masterclass. We did feather balancing, musical chairs, a clown band, marshmallow eating and as the grand finale, a custard pie demo. Unfortunately this went terribly wrong and the only one who got pied was me, several times! ( or perhaps this was the plan? )

We ended up with a mass clown dance before I took a bow and retired.

It was all great fun and I had loads of very positive feedback afterwards. It seems that most people really enjoyed themselves.

Hazel and I were the last to leave as we had lots of people coming up to talk to us so we couldn’t pack up until they’d all gone.

A very good night, though late home, after 1am.

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An Entertaining Life

This evening I have been booked as an after dinner speaker at a black tie dinner in York. The title is ” An Entertaining Life ” I have been asked to talk about how I became a clown and to include a few interesting anecdotes and most of all to give a demonstration. Now as you can appreciate, most of my work as Chuckle The Clown involves working with children and family audiences and not performing before an adult audience. Most people would tell you that clowns are for kids and there can be no disputing that this is the general perception. However I have to say that “grown ups” like clowns too, it’s just that they are too grown up to admit it.

Making a living as a clown is an unusual occupation and so I am sure that my audience this evening will be curious to know why I chose to abandon respectability and entered into this crazy world of clowning around ( I sometimes find myself asking the same question ).

There are many reasons why I like what I do. I get to travel, I meet lots of interesting people, it’s fun, there is lots of job satisfaction ( one point for a smile, two for a titter, five for a round of applause and ten for an out and out belly laugh ), all sorts of funny things happen outside of the actual show, I am my own boss ( whoops, forgot about Hazel ) and it’s different, for me variety is the spice of life.

Perhaps inside of every person there resides a little clown. This little clown was happiest when we were children because it could be free to play in our imagination. As we have grown older the little clown has become submerged under the baggage of life, covered over by responsibility, self consciousness, respectability, authority, status and all the other trappings of adulthood.

This evening when I present “An Entertaining Life” I hope that my audience will get an insight into my world and that I may even be able to find some kindred spirits who ill be brave enough to dip their toes in the water and join in the fun. It may even inspire them to take up a new career?

If you are looking for an after dinner speaker with a difference and you are feeling courageous then please give me a call!

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