A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

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Entry from July 05, 2019
“The parking lot at clown school must be really small”

The circus “clown car” gag has many clowns fitting into just one small car. A clown college used to exist, and it had a parking lot. “The dormitory parking lot at Clown College consists of a single space. Sub-compact only” was posted on Twitter by R̶i̶d̶e̶r̶ on August 22, 2010. “In the parking lot at Clown College is there only one space?” was posted on Twitter by Wendy Liebman on April 6, 2013.

“The parking lot at clown school must be really small” was posted on Reddit—Showerthoughts on July 5, 2019.


Wikipedia: Clown car
A clown car is a prop in a circus clown routine, which involves an implausibly large number of clowns emerging from a very small car. The first performance of this routine was in the Cole Bros. Circus during the 1950s. The effect is produced by simply removing all of a car’s internal components — “including the door panels and the headliner” and “any interior barrier to the trunk” — and then filling the now-enlarged space with as many clowns as possible.

Wikipedia: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College (originally located in Venice, Florida, then relocated to Baraboo, Wisconsin and finally Sarasota, Florida) trained around 1,400 clowns in the “Ringling style” from its 1968 founding until its 1997 closure. 

Twitter
R̶i̶d̶e̶r̶
@RidersBlock
The dormitory parking lot at Clown College consists of a single space. Sub-compact only.
10:05 AM - 22 Aug 2010

Twitter
Elliot Stein
@elliotstein
Replying to @rejectedjokes
@rejectedjokes There is only 1 car in the parking lot at clown widow support groups.
9:50 PM - 11 May 2011

Twitter
Wendy Liebman
@WendyLiebman
In the parking lot at Clown College is there only one space?
10:13 PM - 6 Apr 2013

Twitter
Eminence Front
@tweetcomedian
Got a job restriping the clown college parking lot. It took 35 seconds.
8:42 PM - 23 May 2014

Reddit—Showerthoughts
Posted by u/crickyb24 July 5, 2019
The parking lot at clown school must be really small

Posted by Barry Popik
New York CityEducation/Schools • Friday, July 05, 2019 • Permalink