Jesters are said to date back to ancient times,
performing for Egyptian Pharaohs and during the Chinese Shang Dynasty.
Jesters are considered the ancestors of the Whiteface clown, however
certain evidence points that true ancient jesters performed without
Originating during the Commedia dell’arte, traditional harlequins are known to have
‘patched’ costumes, while modern ones are ‘checkered.’
These are clowns dressed as certain characters such
as the Tramp, Hobo, Cop, and Baby clowns.
Augustes are the least intelligent of the clowns.
Cooky, from ‘The Bozo Show’ is an example of an auguste
clown. These clowns are known to have exaggerated make up.
The whiteface is said to date back to Greek theatre.
The whiteface was known to wear makeup over a white base not as
a disguise, but rather to enhance and exaggerate them to be seen
by the entire large audience.