Comedy’s Split Personality

In illuminating the history of sad clowns, Andrew McConnell Stott wonders why suffering is so often the story of our comedians. “Is it a condition of comic genius to be perpetually wrestling with demons? From Canio, the iconic, stiletto-wielding clown of Ruggero Leoncavallo’s 1892 opera, Pagliacci, to modern greats like Richard Pryor, Andy Kaufman, and John… Read more »