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Spotted: Sketchy the Clown’s Campaign Kickoff

Serious vaudevillian aims to bring the right kind of clown to the mayor's office.


SPOTTED BY: Flickr user jer1961.

WHERE: Outside City Hall.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 1.

WHAT: Sketchy the Clown, officially launching his campaign for mayor. He’s got a website; he’s accepting donations; and he’s got a slogan: “You want a circus at city hall? I’ll show you a circus.” He intends to “set the bar higher for clown and circus comparisons” and to use pageantry, pratfalls, and red noses to highlight serious political issues. “We are going to spice up the municipal election to get people’s attention on some of the things that matter about running a city but are kind of boring,” his website explains. “Are people naturally interested in wastewater management? How about the details of the budget? What are all the functions of city hall? With a little entertainment thrown in, people may get engaged.” And this is no April Fools’ prank—Sketchy registered to run under his real name, Dave McKay, on March 25.

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  • James Jesus MagGot

    You can view Sketchy’s speech here

  • dsmithhfx

    I like these clowns better than the ones in the mayor’s office.

  • Notcleverguy

    Sketchy the Clown for mayor, because the current clown is way too sketchy.

  • HotDang

    I used to think clowns are the worst. Now we all know Rob Ford is the worst. Still I’d never vote for this ham sandwich.

  • bobloblawbloblawblah

    It seems if you’re going to have a Circus at City Hall, then you really should get a professional.