If the thought of clowns wasn’t already enough to scare the pants off some people, 21 clowns are dropping theirs for a 2009 Naked Clown Calendar.
Graduates of the San Francisco Circus Center’s Clown Conservatory are getting naked for the calendar to help raise money for the Judy Finelli Fund, a non-profit organization that works with the MS Foundation of Florida to do advocacy and research for multiple sclerosis. It also will provide scholarships to people with MS who want to do circus arts.
Finelli, 60, co-founded the San Francisco School for Circus Arts, now the Circus Center. In 1989 she was diagnosed with MS. Today she is quadriplegic.
So how did the clowns decide to do a nude calendar? The idea came up when they started talking about how great they felt, physically, from all the training. They also felt they had bonded in a unique way and started talking about something they could all do together. The idea of a clown calendar was tossed out, and the next thing they knew, they were talking about doing it naked.
“Our goal was to create this sort of craziness in your mind,” says Chad Benjamin Potter, the lead clown on the project. “When you think of clowns you think of costumes and makeup and hair. When you think naked clowns, that’s something else entirely.”
View photos from the Naked Clown Calendar below.