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Reviewed by Roy T. James for Readers' Favorite
Hollywood Clown by Jason Lassen begins with a birthday party, with the author in the company of Robert De Niro, whose son’s birthday is the celebration. After lengthy preparation about the games to play, costumes to wear and styles to conduct, the author find himself in the center of children’s parties of high society, and conducts party after party, keeping the children and the adults always entertained. Some of them say in the beginning itself, “I don’t care what you do; just make sure you keep the kids upstairs so they don’t bother the adults.” Sometimes the mess created becomes too much and the ‘entertainer’ himself will be forced to clear up, with little help from the host.
Hollywood Clown by Jason Lassen is a commentary on the difficulties a costumed entertainer has to undergo to turn himself into an attraction at any gathering, while making the costume and the man behind the costume retain an enigmatic appeal for kids. The many and varied tricks one has to use to achieve this, devising new ways to keep the children at bay while keeping their parents largely undisturbed, all the while seeing that the party does not cross the limits of decent behavior, adds certain challenges to this, making it into a serious affair. The fun and enjoyment of the kids, the unexpected, sometimes shocking demands from the children, especially when in the robes of Santa Claus, and the reactions of relief from those grown ups turn this into a good read.