Countdown to Clowntown:

When Covid-19 is up, the economy down and Brexit looming around the corner, you need clown therapy. Like Groucho Marx said: “A clown is like aspirin, only he works twice as fast”. Meet Patty and Giggles from Canada’s top clown band the Sphere Clown Band. All of a sudden, you’ll catch yourself singing along "I want to join a marching band" and the world is not so bad after all.

Patty is like the clown granny you’ve always wanted.

There are happy clowns, sad clowns and homicidal clowns, who lurk in the sewers and invite you to float with them. Then there are clowns on a mission. The Sphere Clown Band is probably the first band to combine classic circus clowning with educational children's music. The highly-professional touring troupe addresses important topics like safety, fitness, musical skill-building and self-development – while clowning around, of course.

The online taster of Countdown to Clowntown, postponed until next year, invites you to the Clowntown Music Garden and Zoo for some singalong and dancealong fun spiced up with magic, riddles and games. Serious earworm alert! Patty and Giggles have socially distanced themselves to separate locations, but brought together by the power of editing.

These aren’t just any old clowns, even though Patty formed the Sphere Clown Band back in 1977. That’s more than 40 years ago, folks! The band has published four hit CDs with award-winning original tunes, and they even have their own record label, the One-Eyed Duck. They have toured the world from Canada to Europe and Asia. Who is laughing now?

It comes to no surprise that Patty was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. She has a very rootsy, singer songwriter vibe to her performance. While Patty is the musician, her sidekick Giggles leans towards physical comedy. Patty is like the clown granny you’ve always wanted and Giggles the quirky aunt who comes up with the silliest ideas.

The only flaw in this otherwise highly entertaining show is the last song about going on a holiday. Even if I clap my hands and shout ‘hooray’ when required, it might not be such a good idea to plan a holiday right now. The show is most suitable for young children and lockdown stricken bored adults. If these clowns don’t bring a smile on your face, you should see a doctor. You might be dead.

Reviews by Johanna Makelainen

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Singalong, dancealong, laughalong! Patty and Giggles from Canada's award-winning Sphere Clown Band take you to their Clowntown backyard for a taste of music and magic from next year's Fringe show

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