Friday, 31 August 2012

the Citizen Kane of Alcoholic Clown Movies!

Shakes the Clown. A clown movie about the seedy side of children's party clowning portrayed in all its dark glory. 

Not heard of it? fair enough it was a bit of a flop at the box office when it came out in 1991. But here at the Illuminated Showman we do love a drunken clown with a good heart.
The movie was written, directed and starring as lead clown Bobcat Goldthwait. Bobcat (born May 26, 1962,) is an American comedian most widely known for his high pitch voice during his comedy acts. Some of you might remember him as a new recruit in Police Academy 2 - Their First Assignement, this was his first big movie role. For those a little younger you might recognize his voice as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants.

This black comedy chronicles the fall of one of the world's most unlovable clowns as he plies his trade and tries to survive in Palukaville a town where everyone is more or less a Bozo. Shakes loves women and more than that, he loves his booze. Like many of his painted peers, ol' Shakes likes to hang out at The Twisted Balloon, the favorite local pub where he hoists a few, beats up on mimes (the lowest caste in Palukaville) and causes trouble with his girl friend Judy, a woman who cannot say the letter "L." Because the slovenly Shakes can't seem to make it to birthday parties sober and on time, he is fired from his booking agency, causing him to go on a big drinking binge. Later, Shakes awakens and learns that Binky, a lousy TV-clown, is framing him for beating up Shake's former boss with a juggling pin. Now poor Shakes must clear his name. He must also rescue "Juwee" who has been kidnapped by the nefarious Binky, and he must come to grips with his alcohol problem (perhaps the film could be therefore titled "Clown and Sober?"). Keep an eye peeled for cameos by Robin Williams, as a mime instructor, and Florence Henderson as one of Shake's illicit sexual conquests. 
Here is the trailer to tease you

and here is a few scenes as Shakes' clown friends performs what AA calls an intervention on his drinking.

- and finally from Hidden Gems a ten minute video-cast about shakes the clown. 

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