Lighter Side Clowns celebrates 20 year anniversary – News – Granite Falls Advocate Tribune – Minnesota News

Lighter Side Clowns celebrates 20 year anniversary – News – Granite Falls Advocate Tribune – Minnesota News

Doug (Happy Face the Clown) and Sharla (Kisses the Clown) Bengtson sat down with us to talk about clowning, the clown community and how they got their start in clowning. The duo started clowning in 1997, and their first performance was at the Belview Nursing Home for Christmas. “We had three parades that year, next year we had about three parades. After that I sent about 60 letters out… I got about half of them back, and we had about 30 parades that summer,” recalled Doug. He went on to explain he is always very appreciative of the cities and events that call him, he said he really loves doing what he does and seeing all the kids smile. Doug recalled one of his more comedic moments interacting with a kid “some of the things you don’t forget… I have this bucket full of candy, and I used to put some plastic poop in it … And this little kid came up and reached in and picked out a piece of candy, then he looked a little more then he saw it, threw the candy back in and walked away.”

They formed the Lighter Side Clown Club with fellow clowns Vileen and Kenny, because they wanted to be a fun and light group. Doug went on to talk about some of their tricks, like pulling a glove attached to a long piece of cloth that seems to have no end, and a coloring book that gains color as you flip through it. Sharla talked about some of her favorite jokes and tricks as well, including a pair of large underwear, large sunglasses with prescription pill bottles taped on them (prescription glasses), and a flower that grows when kids blow on it. Then we talked about clown…

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