Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus began its final show Sunday evening after 146 years of wowing audiences with its “Greatest Show on Earth.”
Veteran clown Ricardo Farfan, popularly known as “Pitito,” doesn’t get the jobs he used to. But every morning the 91-year-old clown still sips his coffee and studies an old notebook where he keeps hundreds of pages of jokes and comedy moves he has built up over almost nine decades in the circus.
“The businessmen think that an old clown can’t make people laugh, but they are wrong,” said Farfan.
His four children have asked him to retire, Farfan says he cannot do that. “I will only stop clowning on the day I die.”
(Photos by Esteban Felix/AP Photo)
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