The play begins with the secretary seducing a co-worker before the scene fades to black and the Jew emerges below, taking large clownlike
strides as he follows a map to the correct land plot.
The noises, too, conspire like the sound effects of a scary movie: the scraping of silver interrupts an "I love you"; the cackling hyena laughter of the clownlike
waiters makes them almost terrifying, and the incessant squeaking of the bedsprings is unnerving.
To the unfamiliar, or those with nitrogen narcosis, it may seem clownlike
. Or not.
Last year, a clownlike
rendition of President Obama raised eyebrows.
In spite of his clownlike
obsession with English girls, Mumford is a lord who speaks mainly in verse, and he plays a key role in the plot when he leads the French to victory at the end.
Penguins are comical enough, but these little penguin-wannabees take the laughs to the next level with their multi-coloured clownlike
The man's features--equal parts clownlike
and skeletal--exacerbate the image's tragicomic tone without managing to offset the painting's apocalyptic mood, apparent also in its backdrop of veils of metallic scarlet.
With McKellen baleful as a basset hound, his clownlike
handling of silence makes Estragon's childlike neediness immensely touching.
In Waiting for Godot, Beckett's two clownlike
characters, Vladimir and Estragon, occupy a waste world devoid of meaning, and spend their days waiting for an enigmatic figure called Godot.
The term "antic," which Hamlet had employed to describe his deceptive actions to come, has itself roots in a world of playing--according to the Oxford English Dictionary, it comes from a meaning of the term as a clownlike
fantastic in plays.
It can also be bouncy and clownlike
, with fingers pointed out or hands smacking together.