Robin Williams in Shakes the Clown

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.

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Robin Williams and Jonathan Winters

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.

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The face on Joaquin Phoenix’ forehead.

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.

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Rik Mayall “Don’t Fear Death”

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.

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Edgar Wright: How to do visual comedy

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.

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