Fool Around Online 2020
Our suite of sweet digital and socially-distanced delights.
Do you like your entertainment live, but at a distance? On Saturday Sept 26th, we’ve got you covered with a live performance of the Telethon-a-thon from The Calgary Clown Society, followed The Wise Fool, a film documentary about the life and work of Canadian clown-master Jan Henderson, then at live-stream of our annual, always fascinating Panel Discussion.
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Schedule – full Signal Boost lineup available here Sept 24th
Saturday September 26th
All times Mountain Daylight Time (MDT)
Ongoing from Sept 24th
Signal Boost Program – full list here Sept 24th
Check back here on September 24th for more Play Around Online 2020 Signal Boost selections.
Play the Fool Short Film Competition
Submissions for the first Play the Fool Festival Short Film Competition are now closed. The experts on our independent jury are now giggling their way through the films.
Films selected for screening and prize-winners will be posted right here on September 24th.
The Telethon-a-thonInternational cast
The Calgary Clown Society
The Calgary Clown Society’s 88th annual telethon-a-thon. A fake fundraiser to support future fake fundraisers. more…
Live Stream: September 26 @ 2:00 p.m. MDT (1:00 p.m. PDT/4:00 p.m. EDT) Facebook Live Stream
Features an international cast, with performers from Edmonton, Calgary, U.K., and the U.S.A.
Check back here on Saturday Sept 26th for the link to this event.
Circus-To-GoEdmonton, Alberta, Canada/Treaty 6 Territory
“...one of the funniest and entertaining shows we're ever had”
The Great Balanzo
Order a show like a pizza! Do you want a fast 10 min fire show or a 30 min circus comedy show?
An award-winning juggler who has performed in 13 countries around the world and is in Edmonton ready to perform for your socially distanced private event whatever it is. He’s entertained kids and families on YTV, at award-winning Children’s Festivals, and at hundreds of schools across Canada – it’s obvious why the Great Balanzo is one of the country’s top circus personalities.
The Wise Fool – a documentary by Geraldine CarrEdmonton, Alberta, Canada/Treaty 6 Territory
“[this film makes me] have a crush on myself!”
Laughing is a Lifetime Achievement
Sooner or later everyone plays the fool. Meet Jan Henderson – director, educator, clown extraordinaire, saving the world one red nose at a time. For over 40 years Jan has led countless students on a magical, inspirational journey to release their inner clown waiting in the wings. Hear Jan’s story and why she believes clowns emerge when the oft-cruel world needs them most, to entertain and gift their audiences with hope, truth, love and compassion. geraldinecarr.com
You can watch the film here, September 26 @ 3:00 p.m. MDT (2:00 p.m. PDT/5:00 p.m. EDT)
Culture, Identity and Clowning: A BIPoC Artist Conversation
Six (6) diverse Black, Indigenous, and Clowns of Colour from across North-America gather to talk about working in a white-dominated culture. Read about the panellists…
Live Stream: September 26 @ 4:00 p.m. MDT (3:00 p.m. PDT/6:00 p.m. EDT)
Check back here on Saturday 26 for the link to this event.