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Behind the big, red nose: Meet a real clown

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Posted on March 2, 2017 |
By Elsie Lynn Parini



Woody Keppel Wellness4599.jpg
WOODY KEPPEL, LEFT, juggles with Middlebury Union High School student Ian McKay at the school in 2014. Keppel, an actor, performer and founder of the “Waldo and Woodhead” musical/comedy vaudeville show, is the entertainment organizer of this year’s Carnevale Vergennes, which is taking place this Saturday evening. Independent file photo/Trent Campbell

VERMONT — Clowns are creepy. Most of us are afraid of them, even if we don’t technically have Coulrophobia.

“I’m afraid of that kind of clown, too,” said Charlotte resident Woody Keppel, who’s been clowning since the early ‘80s. “Clowning is a misrepresented term... We’re not all the big Bozo, Ringling, scary clowns.”

So what kind of clown is Keppel? Think of him as an “eccentric character” having fun.

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