Clowns React Podcast

Clowns React – Bean The Ultimate Disaster Movie

In this ‘Clowns React’ Episode, Tom and Ian talk about the comedic devices and ideas featured in the famous Rouhan Ankinson film “Bean, The Ultimate Disaster Movie’. 

‘Mr Bean’ is originally a T.V sitcom character first presented in 1990. This persona is a great example of someone who uses many comedic techniques such as “Clown Logic’ to solve problems in unusual ways. 

Timestamps Episode 12

0.00 Introductions 
2.08 Bean The Ultimate Disaster Moive Introduction and opening credits analysis
5.15 Character introductions 
7.42 Bathroom Scene 
14.57 Office Scene
17.35 Fun Park / Projection Ride Scene
19. 17 Beans Multiple Arrests 
22.53 Toms Favourite Moment
28. Beans Character/ Unlucky Idiot /Comparrison to Placebo Clown Show
32.05 Hospital Moment 1 / Removing the Bullet
35.34 Comedic Devices of Removing the Bullet
36.59 Hospital Moment 2 / Waking Up the Daughter 
40.15 Outro
41.20 Joke of the Day
42.24 End

Clowns React Podcast

The General by Buster Keaton – Clowns React

Ian and Tom discuss Buster Keaton’s favourite film that he starred and directed, ‘The General’. Come and listen as they laugh their way through this silent movie classic, based off of the real life historical event of ‘The Great Locomotive Chase’.

TIME STAMPS : Things we Talk / Laugh About

0.00 Introductions
1.36 “The General” Introduction
3.22 Cracking Into It
8.07 How Funny is it? + The Rail Handcar Incident
14.05 Slide Counts
15.47 Ian’s Favourite Part
18.55 The Trifecta of Character
22.30 Humour in the Everyday
24.27 Tom’s Favourite Moment + Hallucinating Carriages
27.20 “The Great Stone Face” + Verbal Humour
30.27 Film Facts
36.08 Outro
37.33 Joke of the Day
38.51 End
38.56 EXTRA


Buster Keaton’s Stunts
Big Lever that requires Hand Waving (i.e. Rail Handcar)


Joke 1
Joke 2

Highlighted Histories Podcast

Highlighted Histories – Charlie Chaplin Pt. 2

The second half is here!

Tom and Ian discuss the rest of Charlie Chaplin’s life, including becoming an independent film producer, the peak and fall of popularity, as well as communist accusations and receiving the longest standing ovation in Academy Award history…

TIME STAMPS : Things we Talk / Laugh About

0.00 Introductions to Part 2
1.12 Production changes after becoming independent / Charlies Perfectionism
2.44 Charlies second marriage to Lita Grey + Controversy
4.34 The Next films made, ‘The Gold Rush’ and ‘The Circus’
5.47 Sound being introduced into film + ‘City Lights’ film
8.08 ‘Modern Times’ film
9.22 Charlies third marriage + More controversy
9.54 ‘The Great Dictator’ Film
10.47 ‘Monsieur Verdoux’ film / Falling popularity
12.04 ‘Limelight’ film / Getting Older
13.40 Banning from the U.S after communist accusations
14.45 Formal Recognition of this work
15.53 Charlies Oscar Ceremony
16.46 Charlies Death / Unexpected Event / Quick Facts
18.57 Outro
19.38 Joke of the Day
21.05 End


Charlie Eats his shoe, ‘The Gold Rush’

‘City Lights’ Final Scene

The Great Dictator Finale Speech

1972 Oscars Standing Ovation

Charlie Chaplin’s Favorite Recipes !


Youtube Video about ‘Dramady’

Charlie Chaplin Website:

Britannica Page:

Wikipedia Page:

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Highlighted Histories – Charlie Chaplin Pt. 1

Charlie Chaplin has been described as one of the greatest film makers of all time. His comic character ‘The Tramp’ became an icon in silent film, with his unique blend of comedy and empathy, chaos and care.

In this episode of Highlighted Histories, Tom and Ian take a look into the early life of Charlie Chaplin.

Next week we will be releasing part 2 of this two part mini series.

TIME STAMPS : Things we Talk / Laugh About

0.00 Introductions
1.13 Disclaimer !
2.24 Charlie Chaplin Introduction
3.35 Upbringing and Childhood
4.43 First performing work – Clog Dancing
5.30 Transitioning to Comedy / Performing in Sherlock Holmes 
7.53 Career Patterns 
8.44 Becoming a comedic touring performer
9.32 Being Scouted for Film / Joining Keystone Studios
12.46 Signing with Essanay Company film Studios
14.09 Signing with Mutual Company film Studios
15.42 A reason for Charlies success
17.00 Signing with First Nationals Film Company / Seeking Independence / Personal Life
18.43 First Marriage, and making of the Film ‘ The Kid’
19.15 Reasons behind the sucess of ‘The Kid’ film
21.05 Outro
21.35 Joke of the Day
22.29 End


Youtube Video about ‘Dramady’

Charlie Chaplin Website:

Britannica Page:

Wikipedia Page:

Highlighted Histories Podcast

Highlighted Histories – Emmett Kelly

Emmett Kelly’s life is held in such high regard as the clown who invented the tramp clown. Listen in as Tom and Ian discuss the world renowned Emmett Kelly in this all new series – Highlighted Histories.

In this new series, Tom and Ian provide a short biography of a selected famous clown in history, and then ask questions, discuss and find out new information. Next week we will be discussing Charlie Chaplin!

TIMESTAMPS – Things we talk / laugh about

00 – Introductions
1.13 – Emmett Kelly Intro
2.15 – Birth and Young Adulthood
4.43 – Marriage and Children
5.36 – Invention of Acts
7.20 – Before Weary Willie
8.54 – Ringling Brothers Era
10.23 – Hartford Circus Fire
13.18 – Emmett Kelly Jr.
15.00 – Not quite patriotism
16.25 – International Clown Hall of Fame
18.52 – Otto Griebling
20.43 – Outro
21.31 – Joke of the Day
22.19 – End


Weary Willie Sketch
Sweeping the Spotlight Emmett Kelly
‘Carrying Water’ Photo
Hartford Fire Recount
International Clown Hall of Fame
Clown: My Life In Tatters and Smiles – Autobiography by Emmett Kelly Sr.
Oleg Popov Spotlight act


Interview Podcast

Interview – Jeff Young

Reunited at last! After three months of recording and editing separately due to Covid – 19 , Tom and Ian bring in their second guest appearance, Jeff Young. Jeff is a Ian’s former Clown classmate and National Institute of Circus Arts (N.I.C.A) alumni.

This episode, equal interview and discussion, covers topics of Jeffs background, Scary Clowns, some of Jeff’s hilarious memories and assessments from Clown College.

Timestamps – Things we talk / laugh about

00 – Introductions
2.15 – Jeff’s background and NICA memorable moments
7.45 – Scary Clowns
17.30 – 2016 Clown Sightings / Traditional Clowns appearance / Identity and performance
26.50 – Jeff’s Favorite NICA assessments
38.10 – Plans for the Future / NICA Showcase Character
41.30 – Incorporating Comedy into Physical Specialties
47.30 – Benefits and Challenges of working as a Trio
54.30 – Traditional Clown Endings / Should all clowns learn traditional Acts ?
57.21 – Joke of the Day / Conclusion
59.25 –  SECRET BONUS ?!?!?!?!?!?


Maestro – Jeffs NICA Showcase Teaser
Trio Clown NICA assessments – Second Year Meddling Ceremon
Trio Clown Wedding Act
National Geographic Clown Interviews

Podcast Uncategorized

Comedic Devices

Tom and Ian talk about the many comedic devices used in physical comedy and clown. We grapple with definitions, and attempt to explain our thoughts in clear, concise and meaningful ways.
*Laughter Ensues*


  • 2:11 – Emotion
  • 3:38 – Theories of Humour
  • 12:44 – Surprise
  • 13:59 – Absurdity
  • 18:10 – Parody
  • 20:57 – Repetition
  • 25:02 – Clown Logic & Improvisation
  • 31:12 – High & Low Status
  • 35:09 – Gags & Lazzi
  • 39:00 – Winning & Losing
  • 41:52 – The Taboo
  • 45:07 – Joke of The Day

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Tom’s Cup Act ‘Casted Tea’
Zach & Viggo
Mime Weightlifter
Stanislav Shchukin (Ludwig’s dad) & Valeriy Serebryakov
‘The Art of Clowning’ Dark clowning included
New Zealand Comedian – Let us know if you know who this is!

Interview Podcast

Interview – Ciara Thorburn

In this special occasion, we have Ciara Thorburn – handstander, juggler, variety performer, and lucky last, a CLOWN! Listen in as Tom and Ian discuss all things Ciara.

Follow Ciara’s Journey

Avner the Eccentric
Philippe Gaulier
Ciara’s Gaulier Blog
Trent Baumann

Clowns React Podcast

Clowns React – Placebo

Today Ian and Tom discuss the amazing clown show, Placebo, created by Joe de Paul, a former Cirque du Soleil clown. Listen in as we dissect, analyse and laugh at the silliness and humour of Placebo.

For those confused about this whole ‘Episode 5’ business, it is due to ‘Episode 4’ not being able to be edited. As of now, ‘Episode 4’ is being delayed inevitably…


Joe De Paul

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Clowns React – Slava’s Snowshow

Ian and Tom eagerly discuss what is considered to be one of the best clown shows in modern times, Slava’s Snowshow. They attempt to wriggle their brains around the show as a whole, and delve into why it’s just so funny.


Slava’s Snowshow
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“BUM BUM – BUM BUM” Music (O Fortuna)