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Episode description: Actor, playwright, director, choreographer, clown—the remarkable Bill Irwin defies categorization. In the 25 years since he began clowning around with San Francisco's famed Pickle Family Circus, his comic antics and physical feats have been seen in a Lincoln Center production of Waiting for Godot with Robin Williams and Steve Martin; Hollywood blockbusters like Robert Altman's Popeye; and original Broadway productions like Fool Moon, The Regard of Flight, and Largely/New York. This look at Irwin's life, work, and influences features an updated production of Regard; the world premiere of The Harlequin Studies, Irwin's take on the lewd and lazy rogue of commedia dell'arte; and Mr. Fox: A Rumination, the story of the rise and fall of George Fox, America's first celebrity clown. [cc]

Rating: [TV-G] (General Audience)

Series Information: Great Performances

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First aired: Wednesday, December 15, 2004 (excluding any air dates prior to June 1999)


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   Great Performances: A Celebration includes interviews with major performers, highlights of past seasons, and profiles of prominent artists. 256 pages, softcover, with more than 200 photographs.
   (800) 336-1917
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   South Burlington, VT 05407

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   (800) 336-1917
   P.O. Box 2284
   South Burlington, VT 05407

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