If you go
Who: Disgruntled Clown
When: 7:30 and 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Where: The Comedy Factory at the MetroPlex Hotel, Belmont Avenue, Liberty
Information: Call 330-759-0606
1 80 & Rt 193 Belm, Youngstown
By John Benson
Living up to his moniker as the Disgruntled Clown, the South Carolina native and Toledo resident, who refuses to give his real name in fear of reprisals against his family, has plenty of annoyances ready for discussion when he returns to the area Friday and Saturday to open brand-new club The Comedy Factory in the MetroPlex Hotel in Liberty.
“I’m known for saying everything you ever wanted to and talking about the stupid reality of what we see every day,” said Disgruntled Clown, calling from the Glass City. “How come you walk into any fast-food joint, order your food, and the girl asks what you’d like to drink with that? So you tell her and then she goes and hands you a cup to go get it yourself. The bad thing is, on her register she doesn’t even have the names of the drinks. It’s only three sizes: small, medium and large. It’s just the stupidity of everything.”
With an arsenal of topics ranging in subject matter from marriage and relationships to work and commercials, you never know what you’re going to get from this funnyman’s live show.
“My new favorite commercial is the women’s wings maxi-pad where now it’s got climate control,” Disgruntled Clown said. “Let’s be real, every girl I meet is either cold as hell or ready to go. Climate control there? That’s good.”
OK, so perhaps this underground comic isn’t a lady’s man, but he claims to be a man of the people. Dressed like a maniacal clown, equal parts Krusty the Clown, Insane Clown Posse and Stephen King’s Pennywise, the Disgruntled Clown began dressing up for his act in 1994 because he was tired of being called a clown by all of his ex-girlfriends. He decided to take control of the disparaging comment, and in the process found creative empowerment.
“You know, I had people say, ‘So what’s with the clown suit?’ and it took me years to come up with the perfect remark,” Disgruntled Clown said. “I say, ‘It’s laundry day and I had nothing better to wear. So I put the makeup on just so I wouldn’t look stupid walking around with a costume on.’”
He added, “It’s a 6-foot-5 clown. You don’t see too many of those.”
Something else you don’t see too often is a comedian who boasts being Christian and rated R. The clown rationalizes his Myspace page description by saying he’s just telling the truth, and that truth may include a few F-bombs depending on the audience.
“That’s the problem,” Disgruntled Clown said. “Everybody wants to go ahead and be politically correct. Why don’t we just be correct? Why don’t we just be honest and correct?”
As for returning to the area, the comic said he has vivid memories of playing the old Funny Farm location. He looks forward to returning as the opening act at the new venue, admitting there is some anxiety involved.
“Of course, there is pressure; you have to bring the game,” Disgruntled Clown said. “You set the pace. And it’s the Clown. It’s something different. It’s not regular stand-up comedy. It’s a show.”