Shakes the Clown starred Bobcat Goldthwait, and billed itself as the “Citizen Kane of alcoholic clown movies.” It’s not that great a film. What I did like was the food chain of clowns. Top of the food chain were the rodeo clowns. Below them were the party clowns. And at the bottom were the mimes.
Robin Williams appears as an angry mime instructor and as always, he is great.
On the sad news that Robin Williams has passed away. He and Jonathan Winters were two of my favorite comedians, because they were full of many different characters. Here they are together.
Joaquin Phoenix is extremely talented. So talented, he has an extra face on his forehead so he can act out of two faces at the same time. Thanks to boingboing.net for this.
I am very sorry to say that comedian Rik Mayall died today. I discovered him through an obscure kids show called Grim Tales. Later on I saw The Young Ones, and Bottom. Here is the last credited work he did, narrating “Don’t Fear Death” a short animated film by Louis Hudson. Thanks to Film School Rejects for the link.
Here is an excellent look at how Edgar Wright creates comedy simply by how he shoots his scenes. He also tips his hat to animation.
Edgar Wright — How to Do Visual Comedy from Tony Zhou on Vimeo.