The Different Types of Clowns

Types of Clowns

We can recognize them all The clown with the lovely white face and an almost aristocratic look and the Tramp who has the binding stick (“blanket stick”) and his sad face that he never gets any breaks; the commoner with his over-sized shoes, who tripped and caused the man who is on the step ladder to slide down into the water in a tub.

We love their antics; however, we might not have realized that clowns of all kinds can be traced to one of the three types of clowns: Whiteface, The Whiteface, the Tramp, along the Auguste (or “fool”). Each has its own story and characteristic clowns and a typical look. (Alos read: Traditional Clown Makeup)

The Whiteface Clown

The Whiteface Clown

The most ancient clowns known as the Whiteface have been traced through the commedia dell’arte era and the medieval court jesters, to the theatres of old Greece comedy troupes, often painted their faces white to be seen better.

Whiteface is the bigger brother in the world of clowns. In control, a guru straight-talking man sets up situations where other clowns, such as Auguste and the Tramp, can make funny. The typical characteristics that make up The Whiteface include:

  • A whole white face.
  • A red and white feature (often gorgeous and delicate).
  • A vibrant costume.
  • A wig.

The White Face is Further Subdivided into 4 Categories:

  1. The Classic (European) Whiteface, sometimes called the most magnificent and beautiful’ of Whitefaces. It is a lovely clown, similar to the Pierrot and the Harlequin in commedia dell’arte.
  2. It is the Straight Whiteface, similar to the Classic but with more color and more lively;
  3. The Grotesque Whiteface, identical to Straight Whiteface, is similar to Straight Whiteface in color and smile, but more fun, with over-the-top features and clothing.
  4. The Mime, an elegant clown, is renowned for speaking, of course, but expressing emotions through facial expressions and body language.

The most famous Whiteface clowns are Frosty Little Bozo The Clown and Ronald McDonald.

The Auguste Clown

The Auguste Clown

Auguste Auguste (pronounced Ah-GOOST) is a mix that combines Whiteface and Tramp — but not as insecure as the Tramp; however, he is more wild and expansive in comparison to the Whiteface. Sometimes, he is Whiteface’s assistant and is usually the center of jokes and destined to ruin any task.

The traditional Auguste appearance contrasts the formation of the Whiteface that has striking Fleshtones and black and white accents with a big ball-shaped nose and extravagant outfits that are not matched (oversized neckties, tiny caps, etc. ).

A popular variation of Auguste is the Contra-Auguste, and Auguste has been the Counter-Auguste. It is often referred to as an Auguste trying to appear as the Whiteface. He is the mediator between Whiteface and the Whiteface and the Auguste frequently with hilarious outcomes.

Some of the most well-known Augustes are Cookie (from The Bozo Show) and Coco.

The Tramp Clown

The Tramp Clown

A unique American clown, there is a belief that the concept of the Tramp was conceived by a hobo who rode the railways in the Great Depression. The traditional Tramp appearance of a sooty face with white skin around the mouth and eyes may refer to coal smoke coming from America’s railway yards.

Tramp is the subject of all jokes, and it’s the one who is kicked or whose face is soaked by a squirting flower. The typical traits for Tramps include Tramp include a flesh-toned appearance with a stubble-like beard and a red nose. Worn-out hat and suit, and gloves that are not fingerless.

The Tramp can further be divided into three groups, but the entire outfit remains the same for all three groups:

The classic Tramp, lonely and abandoned, moving about life with the raincloud over his head.

The Hobo or Vagabond’s manners are typically elegant and elegant; the Hobo is content to be out from society.

It is the Bag Lady, a female version of the Tramp or Hobo

Tramps have been praised by luminaries such as Charlie Chaplin, Emmett Kelley, and Red Skelton.

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