A clown are comic performers who employ slapstick or similar types of physical comedy, often in a mime style. Deriving from amcient Greek and Roman theatre, and the zanni of the commedia dell'arte, they are usually associated with the circus, children's parties, parades and or , or sometimes appear as street performers nowadays.
Also known as a jester is some cases.
Clowns as characters in plays and films
In some cases the may even appear as a threatening figure, e.g. the so called killer clowns.
Well known South African examples of plays and films featuring a clown or clowns are:
Famous South African clowns
There have been numerous, but the better known include: