“Clowns help distract. That’s what we do. We make light of a situation. We’re basically fools, but we make fun of things that people can’t make fun of, or if they’re just so engulfed in their own tragedy, their sadness. If somebody can come along and make fun of it, then they can laugh about it and make it lighter and not so dramatic. Life is so dramatic.” –Read more from our interview with Pam Ramirez, independent theater director and professional clown.
Jen Reel was an Observer intern before joining the staff in July 2010, first as Web Content Manager, and most recently as Multimedia Editor. She left the Observer in 2017.