Since 1988, ‘The Naked Clown has produced Comedy Nights and Comedy Fund Raisers successfully in the Boston area. It all began after I began to perform stand-up comedy in 1986 in Boston. After retiring for a year or two, I got back into performing stand-up comedy, but also started booking shows. I booked comedy shows for years while living in Massachusetts.
I always maintained a good reputation with all of the comics I booked. When I lived in Boston, I ran weekly Comedy Nights and booked comics who had appeared on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Leno, and on Late Night with David Letterman.
I was brainstorming a name for the comedy shows I was putting together, and talking on the telephone with my good friend, and former college roommate, who worked as a graphic designer in New York City, he brought up how he and another designer friend of his always joked about how a naked clown used in graphic design would be a funny non sequitur. Just then, the words ‘naked clown struck me. Freethinkingly, I thought, how, at the time, I was performing stand-up comedy making people laugh, and was not I a ‘naked clown? Hence, if someone makes you laugh and they are without the clown costume and make-up, they are a ‘naked clown.’
In 1995, I moved to Los Angeles performing stand-up comedy in over 300 comedy shows a year, including all the major comedy clubs in Hollywood. I also ran a weekly Comedy Night on Sunset during that time. But, I had a dream…to get married and have kids.
So, in 1999, I retired from stand-up comedy went back to school and began teaching. In 2001, I got married to the woman of my dreams. In 2002, we gave birth to two beautiful children (one in January and the other in November). But I had a dream… to be re-involved in stand-up comedy.
So, in 1988, THE NAKED CLOWN was born…
and now, in 2011, THE NAKED CLOWN is back!