Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Clown Academics

Israeli degree in 'medical clowning' a prescription for health
By Asher Goldstein January 14, 2007

Laughter is the best medicine - an old saying, but one that the University of Haifa is taking seriously by introducing Israel's first degree program - and perhaps the only degree in the world - in medical clowning. "It's a kind of start-up actually," said Herzel Ziyoni about the pilot program being offered by the university's Department. of Theater.



New graduates await clowning glory
Toaster and Shuffles learn you are never too old to be a clown

Article Last Updated: 01/10/2007 06:54:13 AM PST

Joe Silva, CEO of the Concord Senior Citizens Club and a retired mortgage banker, groans in fake pain inside Fuddruckers restaurant while children point and laugh.

He has a pretend toothache and needs a dentist, pronto. Albert Zais, 65, rushes in with a pair of giant pliers and readies for surgery. He adjusts the red, fuzzy clown wig hes wearing, pauses for theatrical effect, then pretends to plunge his hand into Silvas moaning mouth.


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