August 11, 1996

On THIS DAY IN TWISTED-HISTORY in 1996, the play “Thousand Clowns,” closed at Criterion Theater NYC after 32 performances. The Surgeon General Dr. David Satcher recommended that the play be closed after tens and tens of cases of coulrophobia were diagnosed after each and every performance. Thomas Soche, who was diagnosed with coulrophobia after each performance was asked why if he was so afraid of clowns, did he attend each and every performance. He replied that his girl-friend had a bit part as one of the 1,000 clowns and if he didn’t attend, she had threatened to cut off their monthly sexual activities. He knew she was serious, since she’d already cut three other guys off entirely.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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