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An alcoholic clown named Shakes (comedian and, here, writer-director Bobcat Goldthwait) working for a rent-a-clown agency in a town called “Paulukaville” is framed for the murder of his boss (Paul Dooley) by another clown whose appearance seems modeled after Jack Nicholson's Joker. Julie Brown plays Shakes's girlfriend, a dumb-blond waitress and bowling champ who speaks with a heavy lisp, and most of the remaining humor consists of clowns talking dirty or snorting coke and a plentiful supply of vomit jokes. Basically a redneck drive-in movie in style and delivery, but it played at the 1991 Chicago International Film Festival—for reasons known only to God and Michael Kutza.

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