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Esteem for clowns

Grock: King of Clowns“The genius of clowning is transforming the little, everyday annoyances, not only overcoming, but actually transforming them into something strange and terrific … it is the power to extract mirth for millions out of nothing and less than nothing.”

These are the words of Swiss born Karl Adrien Wettach (Jan. 10, 1880 – July 14, 1959) known as Grock, the clown.  Charlie Chaplin met him in 1931 and said to him: “If I’m the greatest comedian on-screen then you’re the greatest comedian on-stage.”

Grock received esteem throughout his life and even after his death when he was inducted into the Clown Hall of Fame in 1992.

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An esteemful personality: Charlie Chaplin

Charlie ChaplinCharlie Chaplin may have been the ultimate cinematic comedian.  In the last three quarters of a century his work lifted the spirits of countless people around the world.

But Chaplin was more than just a clown.   His words were thoughtful and genuine and worth listening to.  He used the medium of film to speak about important human topics.

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