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[[Image:Barry_Lubin_(Grandma).jpg|right|thumb|250pix|Barry Lubin as "Grandma"]]Barry Lubin was born July 3, 1952 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the son of Edythe Weinberg Lubin, a homemaker, and George Simon Lubin, an audiovisual engineer. Barry nurtured hopes of becoming a television director, but the social turmoil of the late sixties and early seventies led to a period of self-questioning—as indeed it did for many disappointed youths at the time.  
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[[Image:Barry_Lubin_(Grandma).jpg|right|thumb|200pix|Barry Lubin as "Grandma"]]For a quarter of a century, Barry Lubin, better known as ''Grandma'', his clown persona, has been the iconic face of the [[Big Apple Circus]]. Although his career began and continued with other circuses in the U.S. and in Europe, to many New Yorkers and Bostonians in particular, Grandma ''is'' the Big Apple Circus. Many felt a strong sense of loss when he bid farewell to the Big Apple Circus's audiences in 2012: They had laughed at Grandma's antics when they were children, and in turn, their own children were growing up laughing with Lubin's beloved character. Thankfully, he returned to the Big Apple Circus for its Lincoln Center revival season in 2017.
  
A friend of Barry's had applied for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey [[Clown College]], a new, offbeat learning institution. Barry decided to go along and audition with him. To his surprise, he was among the 48 applicants that were accepted that year (along with Bill Irwin, and Barry's occasional partner, [[Dick Monday]]). After eight weeks of training, Barry graduated and was hired by [[Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey]]: the college, in effect a training program for the show's Clown Alley, principally taught its students how to become a "Ringling clown," able to work efficiently in the specific context of ''The Greatest Show On Earth''.  
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Barry Lubin was born July 3, 1952 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the son of Edythe Weinberg Lubin, a homemaker, and George Simon Lubin, an audiovisual engineer. Barry nurtured hopes of becoming a television director, but the social turmoil of the late sixties and early seventies led to a period of self-questioning—as indeed it did for many disappointed youths at the time.  
  
The character of ''Grandma''—Barry's celebrated clown persona—was created at the Ringling Bros. winter quarters in Venice, Florida. Not strong on physical skills, Barry had to create for the show a character that could stand out by itself. The "little old ladies" who strolled the boardwalk in Atlantic City—including Barry's own grandmother—provided the inspiration. Grandma made her debut on January 1, 1975 in ''The Greatest Show On Earth'', where Barry performed until 1979 in both its Blue and Red units. In 1977, he was invited to participate in the Fourth [[International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo]], an experience that was not a success, but which nevertheless gave him a first taste of the traditional one-ring format, a very different setting for a clown.
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When a friend of Barry's applied for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey [[Clown College]], a new, offbeat learning institution, Barry decided to go along and audition with him. To his surprise, he was among the 48 applicants that were accepted that year (along with Bill Irwin, and Barry's occasional partner, [[Dick Monday]]). After eight weeks of training, Barry graduated and was hired by [[Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey]]: The college, which was in effect a training program for the show's Clown Alley, principally taught its students how to become a "Ringling clown," able to work efficiently in the specific context of ''The Greatest Show On Earth''.  
  
From 1980-82, Barry teamed up with Dick Monday. Together they created and performed variety comedy shows: ''A Couple Guys Who Gotta Do A Show'' (Los Angeles) and ''Pass The Popcorn'' (Off-Broadway, New York City). Then in 1982, Barry joined the burgeoning [[Big Apple Circus]], where, over the years, Grandma would become the iconic image of the celebrated New York-based one-ring circus. Since 2001, Barry has also been the show's Director of Clowning and Production Consultant.
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===Enter Grandma===
  
Barry was featured in the movies ''Big Top Pee-Wee'' and ''My Life'' and has appeared in several TV shows, including four appearances on the ''Late Show With David Letterman''. His directorial credits include comedy segments for music videos on MTV, the Snappy Dance Company in Boston, and CBS's ''Circus of the Stars''. He was also a creative consultant for NBC's long-running sitcom, ''Cheers''. His proudest accomplishment, however, remains his successful headstand on a whoopee-cushion on the illustrious stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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Barry created his ''Grandma'' character at the Ringling Bros. winter quarters in Venice, Florida. Not strong on physical skills, Barry had to come up for the show with character that could stand out by itself. The "little old ladies" who strolled the boardwalk in Atlantic City—including Barry's own grandmother—provided the inspiration. Thus Grandma made her debut on January 1, 1975 in ''The Greatest Show On Earth'', where Barry performed until 1979 in both its Blue and Red units. In 1977, he was invited to participate in the Fourth [[International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo]], an experience that was not a success, but which nonetheless gave him a first taste of the traditional one-ring format, a very different setting for an American clown used to working anonymously is giant arenas.
  
Barry has been featured at [[Circus Krone]] in Munich, Germany (2007). He participated in the 2006 [[International Circus Festival of Budapest]] (Moscow's Bolshoi Circus Award) and in the 2008 [[International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo]] (Bellini Award). He was inducted into the [http://www.theclownmuseum.org International Clown Hall of Fame] in 2002 and was presented the first [[Lou Jacobs]] Lifetime Achievement Award by [http://www.clownalley.net ClownAlley.net] in 2007.
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From 1980-82, Barry teamed up with Dick Monday. Together they created and performed variety comedy shows: ''A Couple Guys Who Gotta Do A Show'' (Los Angeles) and ''Pass The Popcorn'' (Off-Broadway, New York City). Then in 1982, Barry joined the then burgeoning [[Big Apple Circus]], where, over the years, Grandma would become the iconic image of the celebrated New York-based one-ring circus. In 2001, Barry also became the show's Director of Clowning and Production Consultant.
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When not on tour with the Big Apple Circus (in time, he trained understudies to keep ''Grandma'' on the show during his absence), Barry starred on other shows in the U.S., and started working in Europe, where he has notably been featured at [[Circus Krone]] in Munich, Germany, and at the [[Fővárosi Nagycirkusz]] in Budapest, Hungary, in 2014. He also participated in the 2006 [[International Circus Festival of Budapest]] (Moscow's Bolshoi Circus Award), and returned to the [[International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo]] in 2008, where he received the Bellini Award.
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===A New Era===
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Barry's last appearance with the Big Apple Circus was in its 2011-2012 production of ''Dream Big'' at New York's Lincoln Center. Afterwards, he didn't go on tour (he was replaced by his understudy, [[Mark Gindick]]), and then moved to Europe and settled in Stockholm, Sweden, with his companion, Ann. In July 2012, they premiered their stage show ''America Meets Sweden'' to sold-out houses in Stockholm. Barry continued to work between Europe and the United States, whether in the ring or onstage, and in various festivals in Europe and Asia, notably at the Zhuhai International Circus Festival in China, in 2015; he finally returned to the United States in 2016. In October 2017, to every New Yorker's relief, Barry returned to the Big Apple Circus, now under a new management, as its beloved iconic clown, ''Grandma''.
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Over the years, Barry was featured in the movies ''Big Top Pee-Wee'' and ''My Life'' and has appeared in several TV shows, including four appearances on the ''Late Show With David Letterman''. His directorial credits include comedy segments for music videos on MTV, the Snappy Dance Company in Boston, and CBS's ''Circus of the Stars''. He was also a creative consultant for NBC's long-running sitcom, ''Cheers''. His proudest accomplishment, however, remains his successful headstand on a whoopee-cushion on the illustrious stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City.
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Barry Lubin  was inducted into the [http://www.theclownmuseum.org International Clown Hall of Fame] in 2002, and was presented the first [[Lou Jacobs]] Lifetime Achievement Award by [http://www.clownalley.net ClownAlley.net] in 2007. In January 2012, he name was enshrined into the St. Armands Circle [[Ring of Fame]] in Sarasota, Florida, which honors America's circus greats, and in July 2016, he was inducted into the ''[[Circus Hall of Fame]]'' in Peru, Indiana.
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==Suggested Reading==
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* Barry Lubin, ''Tall Tales of a Short Clown'' (Wilbraham, AuthorMike Ink MBA, 2014) — ISBN 978-0-9910330-2-7
  
 
==See Also==
 
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* Video: [[Oaf%2C_Fish_and_Grandma_BAC_Video_1989|Grandma, Oaf & Mr. Fish in "The Knife Thrower"]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Grandma Goes West'' (1989)
 
* Video: [[Oaf%2C_Fish_and_Grandma_BAC_Video_1989|Grandma, Oaf & Mr. Fish in "The Knife Thrower"]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Grandma Goes West'' (1989)
 
* Video: [[John_Lepiarz_Oaf_and_Gordoon_BAC_1991_Video|Grandma, Gordoon, Oaf, Mr. Fish in "Horse Wash"]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Greetings From Coney Island'' (1991)
 
* Video: [[John_Lepiarz_Oaf_and_Gordoon_BAC_1991_Video|Grandma, Gordoon, Oaf, Mr. Fish in "Horse Wash"]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Greetings From Coney Island'' (1991)
* Video: [[Grandma_and_Gordoon_BAC_1991_Video|Grandma and Gordoon]], "At the Beach" entrée in Big Apple Circus production of ''Greetings from Coney Island'' (1991)
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* Video: [[Grandma_and_Gordoon_BAC_1991_Video|Grandma and Gordoon, ''At the Beach'' entrée]], in Big Apple Circus production of ''Greetings from Coney Island'' (1991)
 
* Video: [[Grandma_Doc_Pitchum_Lucky_BAC_1996_Video|Grandma, Lucky (Greg DeSanto) and Todd Robbins]], Soap Entrée in the Big Apple Circus production of ''The Medicine Show'' (1996)
 
* Video: [[Grandma_Doc_Pitchum_Lucky_BAC_1996_Video|Grandma, Lucky (Greg DeSanto) and Todd Robbins]], Soap Entrée in the Big Apple Circus production of ''The Medicine Show'' (1996)
 
* Video: [[Grandma's_Croc_BAC_Video_(1997)|Grandma's Musical Croc]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Twenty Years!'' (1997)
 
* Video: [[Grandma's_Croc_BAC_Video_(1997)|Grandma's Musical Croc]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Twenty Years!'' (1997)
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* Video: [[Grandma_Fox_News_2009|Grandma on Fox News]], April 1, 2009
 
* Video: [[Grandma_Fox_News_2009|Grandma on Fox News]], April 1, 2009
 
* Video: [[Bello_Nock_and_Grandma_BAC_Video_(2009)|Barry Lubin & Bello Nock, ''The Duel'']], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Bello Is Back!'' (2009)
 
* Video: [[Bello_Nock_and_Grandma_BAC_Video_(2009)|Barry Lubin & Bello Nock, ''The Duel'']], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Bello Is Back!'' (2009)
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* Video: [[Grandma's_Workout_BAC_Video_2010|''Grandma's Workout'']], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Dance On!'' (2010)
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* Video: [[Grandma_Flight_BAC_Video_(2010)|Grandma's flight]], in the Big Apple Circus production of ''Dance On!'' (2010)
  
 
==Image Gallery==
 
==Image Gallery==
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<Gallery>
 
<Gallery>
 
Image:Barry_Lubin_(Grandma).jpg|Barry Lubin
 
Image:Barry_Lubin_(Grandma).jpg|Barry Lubin
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File:Tnsman_%2B_Lubin.jpg|Barry Lubin & Jimmy Tinsman (1982)
 
File:Grandma_and_Stubs_1984.jpg|Mr. Stubs (Michael Christensen) & Grandma (1984)
 
File:Grandma_and_Stubs_1984.jpg|Mr. Stubs (Michael Christensen) & Grandma (1984)
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File:Grandma,_Stubs_and_Gordoon_1984.jpg|Grandma, Mr. Stubs & Gordoon (1984)
 
Image:Fish%2C_Grandma_and_Oaf_1989.jpg|Barry Lubin (center) with John Lepiarz and David Casey (1989)
 
Image:Fish%2C_Grandma_and_Oaf_1989.jpg|Barry Lubin (center) with John Lepiarz and David Casey (1989)
 
Image:Gordoon_Lubin_1991.jpg|Barry Lubin and Jeff Gordon (1991)
 
Image:Gordoon_Lubin_1991.jpg|Barry Lubin and Jeff Gordon (1991)
 
Image:Grandma_and_Mummenschanz.jpg|Grandma and Mummenschanz at the Big Apple Circus (1994)
 
Image:Grandma_and_Mummenschanz.jpg|Grandma and Mummenschanz at the Big Apple Circus (1994)
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File:Grandna_and_Mummenschanz_1994.jpg|Grandma and Mummenschanz at the Big Apple Circus (1994)
 
Image:Lubin_1997.jpg|Barry Lubin (1997)
 
Image:Lubin_1997.jpg|Barry Lubin (1997)
 
Image:Barry_Grandma_Lubin_(2004).jpg|Barry Lubin in ''Picturesque'' (Big Apple Circus, 2004)
 
Image:Barry_Grandma_Lubin_(2004).jpg|Barry Lubin in ''Picturesque'' (Big Apple Circus, 2004)
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Image:Grandma.jpg|Barry Lubin (2010)
 
Image:Grandma.jpg|Barry Lubin (2010)
 
Image:Dance_On!_Image_2010.jpg|Big Apple Circus poster (2010)
 
Image:Dance_On!_Image_2010.jpg|Big Apple Circus poster (2010)
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File:Grandma_in_House_(2010).jpg|Barry Lubin in ''Dance On!'' (2010)
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File:Grandma_Charivari_BAC_(2010).jpg|Barry Lubin in ''Dance On!'' (2010)
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File:Grandma_with_water_(2010).jpg|Barry Lubin at the Big Apple Circus (2010)
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File:Barry_Lubin_BAC_2011.jpeg|Barry Lubin at the Big Apple Circus (2011)
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File:Lubin_CROF_2012.jpg|Barry Lubin at Sarasota's Ring of Fame (2012)
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File:Barry_Lubin_in_Zhuhai_(2015).jpg|Barry Lubin in Zhuhai, in China (2015)
 
</Gallery>
 
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==External Link==
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[http://www.barrylubin.com www.barrylubin.com]
  
 
[[Category:Artists and Acts|Lubin, Barry]]
 
[[Category:Artists and Acts|Lubin, Barry]]
 
[[Category:Clowns|Lubin, Barry]]
 
[[Category:Clowns|Lubin, Barry]]

Latest revision as of 01:38, 2 November 2017

Clown

By Dominique Jando


Barry Lubin as "Grandma"
For a quarter of a century, Barry Lubin, better known as Grandma, his clown persona, has been the iconic face of the Big Apple Circus. Although his career began and continued with other circuses in the U.S. and in Europe, to many New Yorkers and Bostonians in particular, Grandma is the Big Apple Circus. Many felt a strong sense of loss when he bid farewell to the Big Apple Circus's audiences in 2012: They had laughed at Grandma's antics when they were children, and in turn, their own children were growing up laughing with Lubin's beloved character. Thankfully, he returned to the Big Apple Circus for its Lincoln Center revival season in 2017.

Barry Lubin was born July 3, 1952 in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the son of Edythe Weinberg Lubin, a homemaker, and George Simon Lubin, an audiovisual engineer. Barry nurtured hopes of becoming a television director, but the social turmoil of the late sixties and early seventies led to a period of self-questioning—as indeed it did for many disappointed youths at the time.

When a friend of Barry's applied for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, a new, offbeat learning institution, Barry decided to go along and audition with him. To his surprise, he was among the 48 applicants that were accepted that year (along with Bill Irwin, and Barry's occasional partner, Dick Monday). After eight weeks of training, Barry graduated and was hired by Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey: The college, which was in effect a training program for the show's Clown Alley, principally taught its students how to become a "Ringling clownGeneric term for all clowns and augustes. '''Specific:''' In Europe, the elegant, whiteface character who plays the role of the straight man to the Auguste in a clown team.," able to work efficiently in the specific context of The Greatest Show On Earth.

Enter Grandma

Barry created his Grandma character at the Ringling Bros. winter quarters in Venice, Florida. Not strong on physical skills, Barry had to come up for the show with character that could stand out by itself. The "little old ladies" who strolled the boardwalk in Atlantic City—including Barry's own grandmother—provided the inspiration. Thus Grandma made her debut on January 1, 1975 in The Greatest Show On Earth, where Barry performed until 1979 in both its Blue and Red units. In 1977, he was invited to participate in the Fourth International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo, an experience that was not a success, but which nonetheless gave him a first taste of the traditional one-ring format, a very different setting for an American clown used to working anonymously is giant arenas.

From 1980-82, Barry teamed up with Dick Monday. Together they created and performed variety comedy shows: A Couple Guys Who Gotta Do A Show (Los Angeles) and Pass The Popcorn (Off-Broadway, New York City). Then in 1982, Barry joined the then burgeoning Big Apple Circus, where, over the years, Grandma would become the iconic image of the celebrated New York-based one-ring circus. In 2001, Barry also became the show's Director of Clowning and Production Consultant.

When not on tour with the Big Apple Circus (in time, he trained understudies to keep Grandma on the show during his absence), Barry starred on other shows in the U.S., and started working in Europe, where he has notably been featured at Circus Krone in Munich, Germany, and at the Fővárosi Nagycirkusz in Budapest, Hungary, in 2014. He also participated in the 2006 International Circus Festival of Budapest (Moscow's Bolshoi Circus Award), and returned to the International Circus Festival of Monte-Carlo in 2008, where he received the Bellini Award.

A New Era

Barry's last appearance with the Big Apple Circus was in its 2011-2012 production of Dream Big at New York's Lincoln Center. Afterwards, he didn't go on tour (he was replaced by his understudy, Mark Gindick), and then moved to Europe and settled in Stockholm, Sweden, with his companion, Ann. In July 2012, they premiered their stage show America Meets Sweden to sold-out houses in Stockholm. Barry continued to work between Europe and the United States, whether in the ring or onstage, and in various festivals in Europe and Asia, notably at the Zhuhai International Circus Festival in China, in 2015; he finally returned to the United States in 2016. In October 2017, to every New Yorker's relief, Barry returned to the Big Apple Circus, now under a new management, as its beloved iconic clownGeneric term for all clowns and augustes. '''Specific:''' In Europe, the elegant, whiteface character who plays the role of the straight man to the Auguste in a clown team., Grandma.

Over the years, Barry was featured in the movies Big Top Pee-Wee and My Life and has appeared in several TV shows, including four appearances on the Late Show With David Letterman. His directorial credits include comedy segments for music videos on MTV, the Snappy Dance Company in Boston, and CBS's Circus of the Stars. He was also a creative consultant for NBC's long-running sitcom, Cheers. His proudest accomplishment, however, remains his successful headstand on a whoopee-cushion on the illustrious stage of Carnegie Hall in New York City.

Barry Lubin was inducted into the International Clown Hall of Fame in 2002, and was presented the first Lou Jacobs Lifetime Achievement Award by ClownAlley.net in 2007. In January 2012, he name was enshrined into the St. Armands Circle Ring of Fame in Sarasota, Florida, which honors America's circus greats, and in July 2016, he was inducted into the Circus Hall of Fame in Peru, Indiana.

Suggested Reading

See Also

Image Gallery

External Link

www.barrylubin.com