I'd like to hear other clowns ideas on this topic, as I've already read some posts addressing similar topics. My intentions for stage and street performance focus on leading people to think about our current social and environmental challenges (very aligned with groups like Sustainable Living Roadshow). Clowning, as I've mostly seen it on this forum, is laugh and happy-centric. I adore and uplift this focus on positivity. Recently, I've attempted my first clown characters (Barbie Doll and Joe Bleedaman - a corporate gas man). I designed them to fit in a burlesque troupe that I'm involved with. Their humor came from his obvious twistings of identifiable quotes. Some examples being, in response to Barbie saying she doesn't feel beautiful after exploiting vital resources, Joe says "What do you mean Barbie? Everybody knows beauty is on the outside!" Or a big punchline and picture moment was Barbie, Joe, and an audience member taking a publicity photo together as Joe bleats out the company slogan. "Texacon, we're fracking your future in the gas hole!" (I hope I can share that at this forum) So, while it worked in a burlesque show where the next act was a strip tease immediately taking the audience in another emotional direction, I'd like to say things that affect people to think about these topics without having to go over the top like that. I'd REALLY prefer to make a kid friendly show, but all my professional experience has always been a little on the risqué side. Who out there is looking at this kind of message and what challenges have you run across and how have you handled them? I very much appreciate anyones input here, I think this is an awesome forum! Thanks in advance.