Quick Talk with Grandma the Clown's Alter Ego, Barry Lubin - CircusTalk

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Quick Talk with Grandma the Clown’s Alter Ego, Barry Lubin

In 2015, when Barry Lubin’s memoirs Tall Tales of a Short Clown were about to be released, I had the pleasure of interviewing him for Circus Talk about the many turns his life has taken. True to form, things haven’t changed much for Barry. His life is still one big leap of from one awesome travel/job to another–such is the life of a talented circus artist.
I check in with him every few months since, and follow his adventures on Facebook, like many, rejoicing at his triumphs (He was the first clown in Antarctica?!) and empathizing with his occasional travel woes (Lost luggage? Wig dramas?). Still, knowing of Barry’s abiding love for the Big Apple Circus, it should have come as no surprise that he has joined the revamped version of the show and will be providing New Yorkers with an opportunity to enjoy Grandma the clown all over again starting on November 1st when the show officially opens to the public in New York City. Although the jury is still out as to whether the new Big Apple Circus will have the same heart as the original, it seems like a moot point when you consider that Grandma was always a big part of that heart, and her presence will probably cinch the deal for fans. Although Barry is currently sequestered away wit...
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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 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.