Red Nose. Check.

Ultimate Cool Man Satchel (named so, because it resembles the bag used by Indiana Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark) filled with hundreds of flaccid balloons. Check.

Post on Twitter where and when I was going to be. Check.

So, where the hell was everyone? I walked up and down both sides of the street numerous times eagerly wanting to make someone a balloon animal. I know I only have 128 followers on Twitter but I was hoping that maybe one of them would show up in response to my ongoing Twitter Experiment.

Maybe I would get more of a response if I handed out free goodie bags? Hmmm… something to think about?

What I do know for certain, I need new followers; it’s time to change my game plan. I decided to just start making balloons and not only to hand out but to leave around as well. As I walked by cars along the street I would glance in each and every one of them for any clues that the person who drives the car may have a child who would love a surprise balloon animal awaiting them. The presences of toys or a car seat were my main clues.

Then I came across something different. On the dashboard of one car was a homemade birthday card made from poster board that looked like a gift from a classroom.
This must be a teacher’s car. Excellent! I took out my balloon pump, a yellow balloon, fabricated a doggie and attached it to her side driver side mirror.

I continued on my way. I got to the end of the street, turned around and saw an attractive dark-haired woman with a very serious look on her face approach the car I left the balloon animal on. She put her key in the car door, opened it, put one leg in and then saw the balloon I had left. She reached over the door and grabbed the balloon. She looked up and down the street and then at the balloon. She noticed my Hollywood Clown Card that I attach, for FREE, on every balloon (this is how I hope to get more followers), smiled and got into her car. As she drove by me I could see her still smiling.


And that is what my Twitter Experiment is all about, spreading joy and happiness (as well as awareness about all things Hollywood Clown), one person at a time. Who knows, maybe Harley Davidson, Target and Conwin Carbonic will sponsor a road trip for The Hollywood Clown to come to your neighborhood.

This is America, it could happen.

I AM The Hollywood Clown

Eric, or has most people know him, Sharpo, is the reason I started doing kid’s parties. Sharpo and I go back almost 20 years, I met him soon after I first moved to Los Angeles to feed my acting addiction. We’ve performed together (and still do on occasion) doing murder mystery’s, worked together in not one, but two sketch groups, played music together and entertained at the occasional birthday party. Like all L.A. relationships, we’ve grown apart at times and went for a long time without seeing one another. We reconnected a few years ago at a yard sale. My yard sale to be exact. He was walking with his family – yes, Eric had become a family man, and I came to find out that he also lived down the street from my wife and I. We are both new fathers, twice over and are both now in our 40’s. I hear it’s the new 20’s, only with less aches and pains.

When Eric asked me if I would be interested in being interviewed for his online “Sharpo Says” blog talk radio show, how could I say no? He is the man responsible for me wondering into the world of children’s birthday parties, no “if’s”, “and’s” or “but’s”, it WAS 100% his doing. And that experience awakened a sleeping desire in me, the desire to write a book.

Thank you Eric.

You can listen to the interview here –

I AM The Hollywood Clown

Balloons make people happy. It didn’t matter if I was twisting a balloon into a doggy at some kid’s birthday party, or delivering a balloon bouquet to an office, balloons made people happy. And I think the world needs a spoonful of happiness right now more than ever. Thus the birth of “The Twitter Experiment.”

“The Twitter Experiment” is my attempt to spread some joy and happiness via twitter and latex.

Here’s the deal: I will hand out FREE balloon animals to whoever wants one. I will be recognizable by one thing: a red clown nose. And because the happiness that balloons bring aren’t isolated to the greater Los Angeles area, I won’t just be local. I may be coming to a city near you. The only way to find out is to follow me on… Twitter.

“The Twitter Experiment: Day 1” begins on February 4th 2011. Where will I be? Follow me on Twitter and find out.

There it is. I don’t know where this is going to go, or how it’s going to work, hence the word “experiment,” but I’m very excited to see the results. I’ll be posting photos of me with my twitter followers and their FREE balloon animals. Because balloons make people happy.

I can’t wait to see you out there!

I AM The Hollywood Clown