Vivi-Ann Entertainer Extraordinaire

ViviAnn is OFFthis was perhaps akin to a tryout in Boston.  what could be more apropos than Vivi-Ann, the MOD clown, at a 60s themed Employee Recognition event.

it was hard.  partly because constantly clowning a crowd for even a half hour is hard.  this stint was for about 2 hours, with a wee break here and there.  partly because I had to sew up some bloomers early that AM to be “decent” all of the time under the mini-dress.  partly because I was recovering from a back sprain and partly because I was fighting an earache and head cold.Vivi Plays Rock n Roll

Make a Note:  Always pack heavy duty antihistimines as part of a standard clown kit.

This gig was difficult mostly because I KNOW all these people and work with them every day, and would see them again the next day and the next.  I didn’t feel really “connected”., but I was in  a very real and official way – “out there”  just “doing it”. 

To Beat the Band!!!

All the feedback I have gotten and the hubby has gotten has been good. “Very entertaining” was a common theme in the remarks.  The best were the compliments from our campus director.  I had a chat with him (in character), about my experiences.   

However, it is another occasion for the Pisoni cycle of MMMM – and here are my R-reflections:

I need to get a nose tip for this outfit – in sparkles.  Even a small round nose is too “nosey” and knobby. 
I need to stuff the hat top and fix it to the hair  AND remember to ALWAYS pin the wig to my real hear at least twice.  
The wig is OK without the hat. 

I need to be aware of the props in my hands.  I am always making a picture.  Too much stuff shouldn’t be hanging out of purse, or I shouldn’t be holding onto many pieces unless there is a purpose. 

The 20% chance of rain joke with the little umbrella was great.  It truly was inspired by the actual weather forecast – that is why I wore the galoshes.  But the only clown umbrella I had was a teeny one, and I thought : “Gee its a 20% chance of rain one.”  How about that.  I actually wrote a funny joke.
I need more oomph and Out-there-ness!!! Maybe this would have come easier If I hadn’t been feelingn poorly overall.  I also need to work on my horribly neutral posture a lot of the time.

Make a Note:  Clown is All or nuthin’ much.


Making Lists

these are lists of things I have done/decided so far. Italicized items are not yet ordered.

Ambiance giveaways:
Paper purse goodie bag with:
   Mini Hand clapper
   Pastel M*ms and/or other candy (see list below)
Jelly braceet
Clown nose
Polka dot Hat
Foam Sunglasses


Ecofetti in signature colors

Lobby Decor:
Flower Garlands
Colored streamers
Tissue Balloons – foldouts, asst colors & sizes


Theater Piece:
Professionally made Angel wings – Wide & short white feathers with polkadot chiffon add-ins
Cheesy feather-boa halo on wire headband
Braids wig – with wiredup pony groups
Handheld confetti or streamer cannon

{Illustrated pix above are products of Oriental Trading company –}

I will buy candy from but need to wait to order it so it will be fresher. They have pastel colored candies like M&Ms which they tout to be from a better candy company.  At any rate, they are a much better value. For the price of M&Ms brand, I can get all the candy.  And I don’t have to buy it in those little packages either.
French Mints 5 lb Bag @ $4.65 per lb $23.25
Fruit Slices Jelly Candy 5 lb Bag @ $1.82 per lb $9.10
Fruit Slices Miniature Assorted 5 lb Box @ $4.72 per lb $23.60
Smooth & Melty Mini Pastel Mints by Guttitard 5 lb Bag @ $5.32
er lb $26.60
Colorwheel Gourmet Chocolate Candies “YELLOW PASTEL” 1 pound bag $7.25
Colorwheel Gourmet Chocolate Candies “WHITE” 1 pound bag $7.25
Colorwheel Gourmet Chocolate Candies “PINK BRIGHT” 1 pound bag $7.25
Colorwheel Gourmet Chocolate Candies “LIME GREEN” 1 pound bag $7.25
Laffy Taffy 8 Flavor Assorted 4 lb Bag @ 4.36 per lb $17.44

So I have to make my own baggies…. – they sell premade cotton candy
These would be nice if Icould find in resonable quantity:
Life Savers Candy singles – Pastels (but I don’t need 900…)
LIfe Savers Pastel Jelly Beans

Full Throttle Ahead

Angel wings and halos on eBay.  Order this week.
Add polkadot chiffon to make wings longer.  Pink wings & polka chiffon would mean white outfit and striped tites.  Funny panties.  Braids wig.

Order noses and makeup tomorrow.  from proknows distributors.

Okay.  Send msg to Missoula with plans.

Ask Diane.

Mornings drumming hopefully.
Afternoons – clown busking.   Clown teaching? – Woosh. 
Clown presentation. – decorate room in morning of presentation with card, hat, and gift pursies.  Create anticipation.  And EcoFetti –  Small Bag – 8 bucks per color; Med bag 11bucks – Signature colors: Shamrock, Vib. Yellow, Bright Pink. maybe need white also.

Createing ambiance:
With Lobby presentation – make as much a carnival as possible – cotton candy machine?  Definitely DONUTS.  Round eaties in colors – Jellies candy find this in bulk. Pastel Mints.   Pastel M&Ms  ( OTrad has foil wrapped bubble gum coins Item Number: IN-/K160 )Cake? Drinks?  Assistants in lite clown makeup. Item Number: IN-17/17 Flower Balloons – OTrd  MULTI COLOR TISSUE FLOWER GARLAND  Item Number: IN-3/132   4 bucks per 9 ft.  with reg streamers.

Giftie kits – nose, clown activities?, toys.  Item Number: IN-39/1568 Mini Hand Clappers – Oriental Trading FUNKY PRINT MINI HANDBAG GIFT BAGS Item Number: IN-26/1864 absolutely perfect – clown flower purses and 3 bucks per dozen POLKA DOT DERBY HATS Item Number: IN-25/561 Jellybeans in bags

Show – balloon release.  confetti – in circles and flowers preferably.  Ask at about a confetti drop. or at  preloaded handheld CO2 cannons or from  but this place looks most promising: 
so many choices – recored here and choose soon

cheap handhelds: 
Stumps has perfect RETRO confetti –  2.59/ 1 oz. pkg – see if has in bulk.  Also has pattern in gossamer (see if can ship direct to Missoula)  Also could consider cloud gossamer.  Could make ties to hould up balloon drop with gossamer.  Stumps aso has a balloon bag –

Work on script.  Find out chord – tune ukie.  Write Monday.

Send ukie to Wilm for knobbie.

Business cards
Brochure – can wait if need be
Show announcment – Vinvi Ann Full Throttle – with blank date for wreiting in if necessary.

Collect photos. – Ask Ken to do every week. 2hrs or so – make Powerpoint templante.


ViviAnn – Full Throttle

here are bits and pieces of all stuff foating in the clown brain;

 her muffin and donut ongoing soliliiquy …. donut “doooo” like “ooooo” donut looks like and o   muffin “nuffin” muffins dont look like much of nuffin
donut begins with a D and muffin begins with an M and Donut D looks like a donut while muffin doesnt look like an M at all – this one got on tape – I need to transcribe
Muffin M stands also for Mommys who don’t like sprinkles which are on donuts but not muffins – M- Mommies-muffins

her speech on giving directions related to food – turn right at pancake and egg restaurant, then to macaroni-cheese store and donut store {giggle} and then to icecream store but turn right not left or straight crash the car
then even ice cream won’t make it all better

Proposal for Missoula week:
paper draft – I hope
Prepare photo/lobby presentation –
permission to be clowned – and clowning around theater is first setup
brink Uke and drum, but not big props

possible pieces:
Angel piece to Twelve Girls band only time – have to only strum and pick to tape, which will help with middling mastery of Uke  {this would have to be a set up in the Masquer – somehow with secrecy involved}  the music has a natural three-beat where the setup seems to be angelic, Vivi floating out on clouds, but her tendency to digress will turn into escalatig rants …

would have set time for lobby presentation to be done without my presecne,  tthe angel piece, then the Q&A time.  Prior to this day they would have been clowned continually for a period of days.

 Lobby presentation – pix & props? – probably not going to hvethe small dolls but who knows.  Also PPt looping on TV.

Would be nice to have the Clowns are on Your side on tape.

Also have beenthinking about Singing in the Rain Video.  – this one might be easier to do quicker as it only involves lip syncing and not Uke playing.

What I would like to have:
Video of a clown piece for lobby presentation
PPT journey presentation
Vivi Ann Brochure and business cards
announcement Card
Angel Piece
book dummy up

costumes – angel wings and halo.  new overalls & jacket. Original outfit.  Hobo with bowler.  Auguste Clown?  White Clown?

I need to order NOSES asap – and replacemnt makeup.

 Also had fleeting idea for using We will Find a Way for inservice?  VIvi ann leading chorus of all employess