Iron Jaw, Are You Ready?
October 29, 2006
My old clown partner, Steve Russell, sent me some memories of our season on Famous Hunt's Circus, way back in 1978. I had to smile when I saw this photo of a gag that I blatantly ripped off from my classmates at Clown College.
The gag's called Iron Jaw. It's so simple, and yet so stupid, that it always manages to get a laugh.
The one and only prop is made up of a ring, a length of elastic, and a sports mouth guard.
I hold the ring in my hand as Iron Jaw puts the guard in his mouth and walks backward, stretching the elastic to the limit.
And I announce:
Ladies and Gentlemen, Iron Jaw will now attempt to catch this ring on his head! This is a very dangerous feat, requiring split-second timing and enormous agility!
I turn to Iron Jaw.
Iron Jaw, ARE YOU READY??
And Iron Jaw yells:
And the mouth guard flies at me, knocks me down, and we end with the Obligatory Clown Chase-off.
Hmm. I guess you had to be there...