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It definitely is quite the leap to go from this light-hearted documentary short to the shocking and groundbreaking Capturing the Friedmans, but somehow director Andrew Jarecki did it. Just a Clown can be found on Disc 2 of the Capturing the Friedmans DVD. During CTF, I found it hard to picture David Friedman as the #1 Clown-for-Hire in New York City. He was obviously angered and devastated by the events that took place in his family that I just didn't see how he could set that all aside and become one of the most successful children's entertainers around. However, after watching Just a Clown, you do see what makes Mr. Friedman's Silly Billy so successful. He treats his profession like an art form and as a serious business. He entertains the kids with ease and knows what it takes to be ultra successful in that department.
It was also interesting to hear other clowns comment on the great Silly Billy and the business in general. The documentary took an even funnier and lighter turn as a lady was interviewed on what it was like to date a clown. This is truly a unique, funny, and yet serious world. Unlike CTF, this isn't groundbreaking material, but it does give you insight on a subject that you probably never really thought much about.
My IMDb Rating: 8/10.
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