A newspaper comic by Judd Winick (''WesternAnimation/TheLifeAndTimesOfJuniperLee''), ''Frumpy the Clown'' is about a clown who moved in with a Jewish family (Mike - father, Mona - mother, and twins Brad and Kim). It was never explained why he dresses up as a clown; he doesn't work in a circus (heck, in one storyline it shows that he HATES it), isn't particularly jolly, and he doesn't do tricks. He loves kids, though. He teaches elementary school, seemingly avoiding being fired.

!!''Frumpy the Clown'' provides examples of:

* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Mike's cousin Rumus appeared for the first three months of 1997 then disappeared. He didn't make a reappearance until 1998, in a one page ''Frumpy'' comic that ran in ''Oni Double Feature #3''.
* HalfIdenticalTwins: Brad and Kim.
* MeatVersusVeggies: Sometimes happens, with Frumpy as the vegetarian. It's never consistent, however, as some strips show Frumpy eating meat and even cooking chicken dinner.
* MundaneWish: One strip had Frumpy and Brad encounter a wizard who claimed he could give them whatever would "make [their lives] complete." Frumpy immediately wishes for the first Music/{{ABBA}} album on vinyl and a watermelon. While Brad complains that he could have wished bigger, Frumpy quips that he doesn't trust midgets with wands.
* UsefulNotes/NaziGermany: Mike's mother is a Holocaust survivor.
* ParentalAbandonment: In one strip it's revealed that Mike's father walked out on his family, not having spoken to him in 10 years.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: Mike had to get his tonsils removed in one storyline. He expressed embarrassment that a grown man like him had to deal with this.
* UltimateJobSecurity: This was a running gag with Frumpy's teaching job. Principal Carr always tried to fire him, but the union protection prevented it. This trope was finally averted when the strip came to an end, when a budget cut gave the Principal a legitimate excuse to get rid of him.
-->'''Frumpy:''' You're enjoying [firing me], aren't you?\\
'''Principal Carr:''' No. I enjoyed firing the football coach. I am '''loving this.'''
* VerySpecialEpisode:
** Played straight in a lot of the later strips.
** Parodied, strangely enough, in one strip where Frumpy asks Mona and the kids why they watch ''Series/PartyOfFive'' if it bums them out so much. Mona replies because it's a "Very Special Episode." Kim quips that they're ALL "Very Special Episodes."