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But where are the clowns
Send in the clowns
Don't bother, they're here
— "Send in the Clowns", A Little Night Music

No clowns were funny. That was the whole purpose of a clown. People laughed at clowns, but only out of nervousness. The point of clowns was that, after watching them, anything else that happened seemed enjoyable. It was nice to know there was someone worse off than you. Someone had to be the butt of the world.
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