The difference between a Jester and a Clown

jackie trudel lane

As we know them today, clowns have been around for some 200 years. Sometimes scary, sometimes goofy, clowns are famous in many cultures worldwide. The word clown first appeared in 1560; it may have come from, of all places, Iceland and the Icelandic word klunni translation: a clumsy person. They both wear colorful clothing to exaggerate their characters, but a clown is a performance artist who uses slapstick in a routine. A jester is an entertainer who jokes and mocks people and will improvise on the spot. A clown makes a fool of himself; a jester makes a fool of the audience.