There are various versions of The Clown’s Code, A Clown’s Code of Ethics, The Clown’s Commandments.
While the words and phrasing may differ, the spirit and intent is basically the same.
As a performing clown, I will always remember that I have been accepted as a member of the clown community
to provide my audiences, especially children, with clean clown comedy family style entertainment.
I will always apply my makeup to the BEST of my ability. I will take pride in the appearance of my costume,
all accessories and props. I will present myself as a professional at all times.
I will do my very best to maintain the highest clown standards in makeup, costuming, comedy and performance.
I will remember that a great clown entertains others by making fun of himself or herself and never at the
expense or embarrassment of others. (Clowns do things FOR people not to people!)
I will keep my routines, act, performance and behavior in good taste whenever I appear as a clown arts entertainer.
I always remain in character while in makeup and costume, though there may be circumstances when it is not
possible to do so.
I will not drink any alcoholic beverage nor ingest any illegal substances prior to any clown appearance.
I will not drink alcoholic beverages, consume illegal substances, nor utilize tobacco products any time while
presenting myself as a clown.
I will conduct myself as a lady or gentleman at all times.
While appearing in makeup and costume, I will carry out the directives of the producer or his designated deputies.
I will abide by all performance rules without complaint.
I will never interfere with other acts, events, spectators, or individuals.
I will appear in as many clown shows as I possibly can.
I will endeavor to put as many smiles as possible on as many people as possible.
I will remove my makeup and change into my street clothes as soon as possible following my appearance, so
that I cannot be associated with any incident which may be detrimental to the good name of clowning.