The Most Famous Clown: Ranking the World's Most Recognizable Performers

Choose the clown you think is the most famous!

Author: Gregor Krambs
Jun 16, 2023 10:18 (Updated on Dec 2, 2023 23:23)
Step right up, ladies and gentlemen, and join us on a whimsical journey as we embark on a quest to discover the most famous clown of all time! Here at StrawPoll, we've gathered a colorful ensemble of the world's most beloved jesters, and we need your help in crowning the ultimate harbinger of hilarity. Will it be the endearing red-nosed charm of Bozo, the terrifying visage of Pennywise, or perhaps the enigmatic appeal of a lesser-known mirth-maker? The choice is yours! Cast your vote or dare to suggest a missing contender in this laugh-out-loud ranking of iconic clowns. Let the comical battle commence, and may the most famous fool reign supreme!

Who Is the Most Famous Clown?

  1. 1
    Ronald McDonald
    A1C Brooke Beers · Public domain
    Ronald McDonald - he is the official mascot of McDonald's and has been around since the 1960s. He is one of the most recognizable clowns worldwide.
    Ronald McDonald is one of the most iconic balloons in the Macy's Parade. It is based on the popular fast-food mascot, Ronald McDonald, who is known for his red and yellow clown outfit and red curly hair. The balloon depicts Ronald McDonald in his signature pose, with a big smile and his arms outstretched as if welcoming everyone.
    • Height: approx. 53 feet
    • Width: approx. 28 feet
    • Length: approx. 78 feet
    • Weight: approx. 700 pounds
    • Number of Handlers: approx. 90
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  2. 2
    Bozo the Clown
    WGN-TV/Tribune Corporation Uploaded by We hope at en.wikipedia · Public domain
    Bozo the Clown is he was a popular children's TV show host from the 1950s to the 1970s. He had his own TV show, "Bozo's Circus," and was known for his red hair and nose.
  3. 3
    Krusty the Clown is he is a fictional character from the TV show "The Simpsons." He is the host of a popular children's TV show within the show and is known for his catchphrase, "Hey hey!"
    Krusty the Clown in other rankings
  4. 4
    Emmett Kelly
    Pan American Coffee Bureau · Public domain
    Emmett Kelly is he was a famous circus clown in the mid-20th century. He was known for his sad clown persona, "Weary Willie," and his signature look of wearing oversized shoes and a raggedy suit.
    Emmett Kelly in other rankings
  5. 5
    Coco the Clown
    Theroadislong · CC BY-SA 4.0
    Coco the Clown is he was a British clown who was popular in the 1950s and 1960s. He was known for his white face and red nose, and his catchphrase, "Hello, my darlings!"
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  6. 6
    Pagliacci is he is a fictional clown from the opera of the same name. He is known for his tragic story and famous aria, "Vesti la giubba."
  7. 7
    Puddles Pity Party
    Mvuijlst · CC BY-SA 4.0
    Puddles Pity Party is he is a modern-day clown who is known for his melancholic performances and viral YouTube videos. He has performed on "America's Got Talent" and "The Voice."
  8. 8
    Bello Nock
    Rtphokie (talk) · CC BY-SA 3.0
    Bello Nock is he is a modern-day circus clown who is known for his signature hairdo, which stands 24 inches tall. He has performed with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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    Lou Jacobs
    Florida Memory · Public domain
    Lou Jacobs is he was a famous circus clown in the mid-20th century. He was known for his painted-on mustache and his performances with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.
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    Patch Adams is he is a real-life clown who is known for his work as a physician and his efforts to bring joy to patients in hospitals. His life story was the basis for the 1998 movie "Patch Adams," starring Robin Williams.
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Ranking factors for famous clown

  1. Popularity
    The level of recognition and fame the clown has achieved over time and across different countries and cultures.
  2. Performance skills
    The clown's ability to create an entertaining and engaging performance that captures the attention and admiration of audiences.
  3. Innovation
    The extent to which the clown has introduced new techniques, styles, or approaches to clowning that have had an impact on the art form.
  4. Legacy
    The influence the clown has had on future generations of clowns, and how their work has contributed to the evolution and development of clowning as an art form.
  5. Overall contribution to the industry
    The clown's overall impact on the clowning industry, including their artistic, social, or cultural contributions.

About this ranking

This is a community-based ranking of the most famous clown. We do our best to provide fair voting, but it is not intended to be exhaustive. So if you notice something or clown is missing, feel free to help improve the ranking!


  • 212 votes
  • 10 ranked items

Voting Rules

A participant may cast an up or down vote for each clown once every 24 hours. The rank of each clown is then calculated from the weighted sum of all up and down votes.

More information on most famous clown

The art of clowning has been around for centuries, with evidence of clown-like characters appearing in ancient Egyptian artwork. However, the modern concept of a clown as a comical performer wearing a colorful costume and exaggerated makeup really took off in the 19th and early 20th centuries. One of the most famous and enduring clown characters is the beloved circus clown, with colorful clothing, oversized shoes, and a red nose. In popular culture, clowns have appeared in movies, TV shows, and even horror stories. When it comes to the most famous clowns of all time, there are several contenders. Some may argue that Bozo the Clown, who appeared on TV in the 1950s and 60s, is the most famous. Others may point to Ronald McDonald, the mascot of the fast-food chain, as the most recognizable clown in the world. However, one clown who consistently tops lists of the most famous clowns is none other than the iconic character created by American actor and comedian, Emmett Kelly - Weary Willie. With his sad eyes and downtrodden expression, Weary Willie captured the hearts of audiences worldwide and became a symbol of the struggles of the working class during the Great Depression. Whether you love or fear clowns, there's no denying the enduring popularity and cultural significance of these colorful characters.

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