Collage of Min-Aqua Bats' Clowns

What Makes a Min-Aqua Bats’ Clown?

We are counting down to our 2017 Summer, and this week we feature the clown act!

Countdown to 2017 Summer

10. A final thank you to our 2016 sponsors.
9. Our 2017 first show date announcement.
8. Fall in love with summer by watching a collection of 2016 Min-Aqua Bats footage.
7. Team Photos website collection!
6. 4th of July Shows Announcement
5. 2017 Alumni Show Announcement
4. What makes a Min-Aqua Bats’ clown? (this post)
3. Min-Aqua Bats’ 2017 Summer Calendar Set!
2. New Ski Nautique for 2017!
1. Meet Our Major 2017 Sponsors!

What Makes a Min-Aqua Bats’ Clown?

Over the years the clown act has changed here and there, but one concept spans the decades — the clown act is all about engaging with the audience and keeping the audience engaged with the ski show. As we all are fans of the show at one point or another in our lives, we each have our personal favorite clown acts, but why does a clown become a clown?

Some of the greatest clowns in Min-Aqua Bats’ history are amazing water skiers, so we went directly to the source and asked several former Min-Aqua Bats’ clowns about their own inspirations and memories.

A few historical notes before we get started on our trip down memory lane:

  • Jane Wilcox may be the only female participant in the Min-Aqua Bats’ comedy act. She is the only name that came up in any of our interviews.
  • Dalton Roth won Min-Aqua Bat of the Year a few years ago and his primary act was the clown act
  • A few clowns have graced the cover of the Min-Aqua Bat program; two that I know of are Phil Smith and Drew Milkent.

Clips From a 2008 Clown Act

So let’s walk through the mindset of what makes a clown as we stroll down memory lane with some of our favorites. Feel free to let us know who was your favorite clown in the comments; with pictures if you have them! We have cut the stories from each clown into his own page (13 pages total) and this is the preferred reading setup, but you can read it all in one full page if you wish.

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Opening page, Influence Tree, Billy Fried, Phil Smith, Ted Galaty, Stephen Smith, Tristan Hansen, Conor Bolger, Charlie Tedstrom, Mitch Wilson, Jansci Smithing, Dalton Roth, Conclusion