The greatest of clowns
Posted on January 03, 2008 by glyn
At pantomime season in Britain it's timely to pay a small tribute to the great Joseph Grimaldi - clown superstar of Harlequinades and Pantomime and commemorated to this day on stage with Mr. Punch. He it was who brought the string of sausages into the show (one of his bits of stage biz involved stealing a long string of sausages) and he played a great part in establishing audience participation in pantomimes. With his catchphrase of ‘Here we are again!” and his teasing the audience with a questioning ‘”Shall I???” to which they would roar back YES!!! we can feel his legacy at work everytime we do similar. Joey’s gone - but never to be forgotten.
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