Creeky Officially The World’s Oldest Clown
As his larger-than-life clown shoes shuffle along methodically while working a crowd, causing laughter and wide-eyed wonder from children, Floyd “Creeky” Creekmore was one of the quieter acts in the circus. But there’s history behind those wrinkled eyes smiling through stage makeup. At 95 years old, Floyd was dubbed the oldest performing clown in the world and he’s living proof that laughter is the best medicine.
Laughter Is The Best Medicine
Sure, there were fewer magic tricks up his oversized sleeves than there once was, he quit juggling several years ago after a stroke and he’s long since parked his home-made bicycle, but every time the Shrine Circus comes through Billings, Montana where Floyd lived, Creeky the Clown sprung to life.
It All Began With Barnum and Bailey
It all began after talking to clowns in Barnum and Bailey’s circus during 1931 and later being invited to perform in a local parade. He showed up in a costume that he’d made from old clothes and lipstick – and found himself addicted to the laughter that he drew, beginning a routine that has lasted over eight decades.
Thank You Creeky!
In 1981, he joined the Shriners and he has a whole wall in his home covered with awards from clowning competitions from across the country. On behalf of all the children you’ve made laugh through very difficult times in history, thank you Floyd, so very much.
2014 Update – Floyd Creeky Creekmore passed away on September 27, 2014 at the age of 98. Thank you for brightening so many peoples lives Creeky!… RIP
Information About Clowns
Clowns are performers known for their comedic acts, distinctive costumes and exaggerated makeup. Their primary goal is to entertain and bring joy to audiences through various forms of physical comedy, gags and humor. Clowns often perform in circuses, comedy shows, children’s parties and other events.
Here are some key points about clowns:
The concept of clowns has a long history, with roots in ancient civilizations where jesters, fools and comedic performers entertained royal courts. Clowns as we know them today evolved from various comedic traditions, including the Italian Commedia dell’arte and the English pantomime.
Types of Clowns:
There are different types of clowns, each with its own style and characteristics. These may include whiteface clowns (characterized by white makeup and exaggerated features), auguste clowns (known for colorful, exaggerated clothing and slapstick humor) and character or hobo clowns (typically portrayed as vagabonds with distinctive facial features and ragged costumes).
Makeup and Costume:
Clowns often wear distinctive, exaggerated makeup to create a whimsical appearance. This makeup typically includes bright colors, oversized features like eyebrows and smiles and exaggerated expressions. Costumes vary based on the type of clown, but they usually include colorful and oversized clothing, wigs and accessories.
Skills and Acts:
Clowns use various skills to entertain audiences, including juggling, magic tricks, acrobatics, slapstick comedy, mime, balloon twisting and physical gags. They may also interact with the audience, improvising and engaging in comedic dialogue.
Clowning as a Profession:
Professional clowns may work in circuses, theaters, amusement parks, or as freelance entertainers for events. Some have specialized training in performing arts or clown schools, while others learn through experience and mentorship.
Controversies and Misconceptions:
While clowns are primarily associated with joy and laughter, there have been instances where negative portrayals in media, particularly horror films and stories, have created a fear of clowns (coulrophobia) in some individuals. This has led to some clowns feeling misunderstood or stigmatized.
Overall, clowns play an essential role in the entertainment industry, bringing laughter and joy to audiences through their unique and often whimsical performances.