Tears from many a clown: the tumultuous and trying lives of professional funny people.

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That Time I Had to Do Stand-Up on a Cruise Ship After a Passenger Went Overboard

Halfway through my gig on an ocean liner, a guest mysteriously disappeared — and I had to keep everyone laughing.

This Comedian in a Wheelchair Kept Crowds in Stitches…Until a Lack of Health Care Sidelined Her

Ally Bruener used comedy to express what it's like to live with muscular dystrophy. But now she spends all her time battling Medicaid just to take care of her basic needs.

My Secret Life of Shame With the Last Name ‘Fuks’

Going through my childhood with a last name nearly identical to the mother of all curse words was utter torture. But only after my family changed it did the regrets really begin.

This Standup Comic Turned His Disability Into Comedy Gold

Chris Crespo was born with a rare physical condition that left him with half-length arms – and a killer sense of humor.

The White-Boy Comic Who Crushed the ‘Chitlin Circuit’

In the early ’90s I hustled my way through New York’s cutthroat black stand-up scene — and learned the hard way that corny jokes were no laughing matter.

Have You Heard the One About the Jewish Comedian in China?

For the past 28 years I’ve built a stand-up routine based largely on my New York neuroses, and scheduled around my personal phobia of leaving the five boroughs. When I booked a...

Keeping New York Weird

Meet two comedic punks who’ve drank out of douches, eaten raw meat from a piñata and even repeatedly sat through the movie “Showgirls”—all in the name of comedy. Is there...

Growing Up Clown

As the loving son of a clown, he reveled in all the goofy wonder. As a grown man, he returns to the ring and discovers what was really underneath that permanent painted-on smile.

The Fart Party’s Over