National clown shortage feared

In this photo provided by the Metropolitan Opera shows Roberto Alagna, center, as Canio performing with soprano Nuccia Focile as Nedda in Mascagni's "Pagliacci" during the final dress rehearsal in New York Monday March 16, 2009. (AP Photo/Metropolitan Opera, Marty Sohl)

The tears of a clown may be because no one’s around to take the place of today’s performers. Here, Roberto Alagna (center) performing with Nuccia Focile in ‘Pagliacci’ during a dress rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera.

national clown shortage may be approaching, reports the New York Daily News. “Membership at the country’s largest trade organizations for the jokesters has plunged over the past decade as declining interest, old age and higher standards among employers align against Krusty, Bozo and their crimson-nosed colleagues.”

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