Comedy As Armor: Bullseye’s Fight Against Bullying
How can humor be a powerful tool against bullying? This question drives our conversation with the incomparable Bullseye the Clown, who shares his inspiring transition from stand-up comedian to clown. Bullseye unveils a gripping tale laced with a surprise inheritance and a spontaneous journey to Russia that led him to the world of clowning.
Bullseye’s unique perspective on bullying offers insight into an issue that has drastically evolved over time. He dissects the stark contrast between traditional and cyberbullying, highlighting the importance of a strong support system and a positive environment to combat this issue. He emphasizes the transformative power that positivity can have on bullying, providing a fresh perspective that turns the tables on this prevalent issue.
In the final part of our chat, Bullseye delves into the details of his book, ‘Bullseye on Bullying: A Blueprint for Beating Bullies,’ sharing the therapeutic wonders of clowning. He introduces his charity, ‘Clowns On A Mission,’ where the spirit of play is boldly celebrated. Join us for this exploration of the multi-faceted world of bullying, and let’s embrace the power of play with Bullseye the Clown.
(0:00:00) – Rediscovering Play and Beating Bullies
(0:09:52) – Navigating Bullying
(0:22:34) – Bullying, Stand-Up Comedy, and Hecklers
(0:31:59) – Clown’s Book, Entertainment, and Playfulness
(0:00:00) – Rediscovering Play and Beating Bullies (10 Minutes)
We talk about how he got into clowning, his experience with bullying, and his book. We also hear the official joke of the week sponsored by Deer and a Rita Rudner joke from a stand-up show. Bullseye shares his story of how he went from a stand-up comedian to clowning, and saw the power of humor and the connection it has with people. He details how he uses humor to navigate his way around bullies and why he picked bullying as his cause.
(0:09:52) – Navigating Bullying (13 Minutes)
Bullseye shares his insight into the ever-changing world of bullying. We discuss the differences between bullying when we were growing up and the cyberbullying that is so prevalent today and ways to handle it. Bullseye also shares his viewpoint on the importance of finding a positive support system and the power of surrounding yourself with people who bring positivity into your life.
(0:22:34) – Bullying, Stand-Up Comedy, and Hecklers (9 Minutes)
He explains how clowning has helped him cope with the bullying he experienced as a child, and how he’s found it easier to handle hecklers in comedy clubs when dressed as a clown. Bullseye talks about how his clowning has enabled him to make people laugh regardless of their fear, and how the later the night gets, the more likely the audience is to get drunk and rowdy.
(0:31:59) – Bullseye’s Book, Charity, and Playfulness (1 Minutes)
We look at the power of play and how clowning can be a great coping mechanism. Bullseye also shares his website, Clowns On A Mission, and his book, Bullseye on Bullying. So join us as we explore the ever-changing world of bullying and discover the power of play.