Clown association concerned about declining numbers

In this Monday, Oct. 21, 2013 photo, clowns chat after registering to attend the 17th International Clown Convention in Mexico City.

February 19, 2014 8:20:10 PM PST
A situation is developing where being a clown can actually help you get a job.

The country's largest trade group for clowns fears a national shortage is on the horizon. Membership in the World Clown Association has dropped from about 3,500 to 2,500 since 2004, mainly due to old age, and declining interest.

In fact, clown association officials blame high schools and colleges because clowning isn't cool anymore.

Most clowns these days are in their 40s and 50s.