Pantomime stars from Newcastle Theatre Royal are taking the fear - and the silly costumes - out of clowning.
Father and son duo Clive Webb and Danny Adams have ditched the oversized shoes and curly wigs in favour of a slapstick-style performance - minus the scare factor.
Danny said: "There's not much makeup - the big nose and the big red mouth, we don't do any of that really. It's the old type of clowning but with a modern feel."
Father Clive added: "Stephen King is to blame for this, and now people are scared.
"We have had people ask to meet us after the show because they have been so scared of clowns in the past, but have overcome it."
The pair have made a name for themselves locally, having performed their brand of comedy at the theatre for the past seven years.
The duo spend the summer performing with Circus Hilarious, and in the winter they are Newcatsle Theatre Royal's pantomime stars.
The Circus Hilarious show includes a musical accompaniment by circus-themed rock band Clownforce.
It is on at Newcastle Theatre Royal on Friday 8 June and Saturday 9 June, 2012.
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