The 14th Emergency Clown Nose® pick of the Holiday Season is Joseph Grimaldi. In this series I’m exploring the noble as well as ignoble clown. Each day through Christmas look for posts to my blog, www.LloydBrant.com, of a different public figure that either delighted in playing the clown, or that the public has unfortunately chosen to paint as a clown.
Grimaldi is considered the father of the modern clown. He was the first to wear the classic clown make-up of white with red grease paint smeared on his lips and cheeks, as if he had just eaten a stolen cheery pie. Today all clowns are called Joey in honor of Grimaldi,