Do This: Send in the clowns

20 Penny Circus has clowns... we suspect they're the "scary on the outside" kind.

Circus clowns freak me out. Too many times watching Carnival of Souls, I guess. I don’t like laughing clowns; I don’t trust those big-footed bastards. Which, oddly enough, is why the clowns at 20 Penny Circus are my kind of freakshow. At first glance, they look a little like Kiss had a baby with Alex from A Clockwork Orange. Stay with me here: These clowns don’t pretend to be happy, crying-on-the-inside clowns. They own their freakish shit, which I can respect. They describe themselves as a “diabolical clown duo” but that leaves out some of the best parts. It’s vaudeville, it’s magic, it’s a sideshow, but not exactly traditional. I mean, at one point, one of them lifts a bowling ball with his penis. Let’s see Bozo do that. —Cathy Salustri

20 Penny Circus

Tampa Improv, 1600 E. 8th Ave., C-112, Tampa.

Sept. 18, 7 p.m. $10. Event page on Facebook. 

About The Author

Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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