SARASOTA, Florida - The poor state of the U.S. economy has now affected the circus world.
The world's largest circus, Ringling Brothers Barnum & Bailey Circus has had to lay off eight of their clowns. The director of circus operations Bolivar Goodykoontz said that people are just not attending the circus as they've done in years past.
So as a result of the decline in attendance Goodykoontz said that they truly regret having to let the eight clowns go. He added that having to watch those clowns turn in their big red noses, their oversized size 16 shoes, their squirting flowers, and their bicycle horns was a sad experience indeed.
One of the clowns Hanky the Hobo said that he did not have any idea what he was going to do. After thinking about it for a while, he decided that with his 20 years of clown experience he would probably go into politics.
Another unemployed clown, Trent the Tramp figured that he would apply with the IRS since he figured that they could always use another clown.
Three of the clowns, Goofo the Goofball, Krazy Karl, and Dick the Cheney have all been signed to appear in the Warner Brother's movie The Tears of A Clown, which will star Dustin Hoffman, Cloris Leachman, and Samantha Ronson.
One of the other laid off clowns Count Clowny said that he went to the Sarasota unemployment office dressed in his clown outfit and while he was sitting in the waiting room the security guard walked over to him and told him to stop clowning around.
In a related story. Hanky the Hobo said that what he is going to miss the most will be the circus skit where he and five other clowns would squeeze into a little clown car. Hanky said that he is really going to miss that cute little clown car, even tough it did smell kind of funny.