Silent Clown Unplugged: A Sneak Peek at Barry Lubin's Memoirs - CircusTalk

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Silent Clown Unplugged: A Sneak Peek at Barry Lubin’s Memoirs

The man behind the beloved Grandma character releases an autobiography today about his influences, his struggles with cancer and addiction, and his life and work as the world’s favorite Jewish cross-dresser.
Barry Lubin, better known to the world for the past 40 years as Grandma the clown, is releasing his book Tall Tales of a Short Clown today, and he is in rare company. It isn’t every year that a clown’s autobiography is released, let alone one by a cross-dresser. Lubin’s book doesn’t hold back either. He discusses his celebrated work with Ringling Brothers and Big Apple Circus, his current work and life abroad, his mentors, the toll long absences took on his relationships with family, his struggle with drugs and alcohol, his battle with cancer, and his deep affection for his audiences. He tempts us into the ring to imagine an itinerant life filled with great circus, honing the clown craft, good friends, and brushes with fame. Yes, Lubin likes to drop names, but when he does, there is usually a funny story involved, and he doesn’t come out looking like the hero, so you can forgive him and feel his pain. He admits, “I have a history throughout my...
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Kim Campbell

Kim Campbell has written about circus for CircusTalk.News, Spectacle magazine, Circus Now, Circus Promoters and was a resident for Circus Stories, Le Cirque Vu Par with En Piste in 2015 at the Montreal Completement Cirque Festival. They are the former editor of CircusTalk.News, American Circus Educators magazine, as well as a staff writer for the web publication Third Coast Review, where they write about circus, theatre, arts and culture. Kim is a member of the American Theater Critics Association.