Clown & Fool
Born: April 15 1950
Place: Detroit, Michigan, U.S.A.
Jango Edwards was officially named Stanley Ted Edwards at birth; the third child of the family. His older sister was born in the thirties, his older brother in the forties and he was later joined by another sister, born in 1960. Jango’s father, Harold Senior, was the son of English and Irish immigrants. Unable to afford school after the fourth grade, Bud as his friends called him, continued to study in-between odd jobs and eventually became a self made millionaire. He started by selling topsoil, dug by hand, to suburban home owners. This led to supplying lawns and eventually landscaping homes, highways and golf courses.
Jango’s mother, Deloris was the daughter of Russian and Polish immigrants. Between raising the children and caring for a home, she became one of America’s top professional bowlers. Jango was raised for most of his youth on a sod farm and was expected to help in the family business by mowing the grass-all 200 acres of it!
After 27 years of marriage, his parents divorced in 1966 and Jango stayed with his father while his younger sister remained with his mother. With his father away from home so often, he became independent and began to search for some value or purpose to his being.
At 17, he and his brother became partners and started an independent landscaping company, competing with his father. During college he was immersed in the politics of the sixties, a student radical and a published poet, studying philosophy and religion and yet, a successful capitalist at home.
In 1970, during his third European quest in search of remarkable men, he studied one, of many books written, concerning the esoteric sciences. It was title “The Fourth Way”, written by O.P. Ouspensky. When he returned from Europe something had changed. He sold his share of the business to his brother, abandoned all worldly belongings and returned to Europe to study the art of the clown.
Since that change he has dedicated his life to the study of comedy and devoted himself to the art of clown; not a job but a life style, comic religion which he calls the Church of Grin. He first settled in London where he began to study independently and work the streets as a busker.
With Nola Rae he formed his first troupe, “The London Mome Company.” Later they merged with “The London Black Theater Company” and a trio of students from the Central School of Art and Design to create “The Friends Road show” that exploded into a Theatrical community with bases in London, Amsterdam and Detroit. Over 400 members from around the world have actively participated.
Eventually his vision gave birth to the internationally renowned “Festival Of Fools” which, from 1975 until 1984, became the world’s first comedy convention of the Nouveau Clowns. It set the foundation and form for a new trend in comic festivals; an annual gathering of the clown tribe, where all performed, taught and exchanged the secrets to a new direction and rebirth of an all but lost tradition.
His diverse talent and skills continue to expand; mime, dance, juggling, stunts, composer, playwright, author, magician, professor, producer, actor, husband, father, lover, choreographer, producer and director. His audience is unbounded. The Queen of Holland, the Chancellor of Germany, Salvador Dali, Catherine Deneuve, Federico Fellini, Francis Ford Coppola, Xavier Hollander and the Rolling Stones, to name but a few, have been his devout fans.
Venues as diverse as the Sahara desert, the Ronald McDonald Comedy Awards, the International Banking Conference of Switzerland, a nudist beach, half-time at a football match, Notre Dame Cathedral and a bathroom at the Majestic Hotel in Cannes have hosted his personal appearances.
Jango has released four albums, two video complications with Sony, published two books, and as well as numerous appearances in other people’s films, has co-produced and starred in his own. He has scripted, directed and performed in different live productions including musicals, plays, TV shows and street animations. he directed the Netherlands National Ballet for a royal performance and is often employed as a comedy consultant.
In the year 2000 Jango joined Circus Roncalli and spent one whole year performing in the circus.
Since 2001 Jango has a new show, WFUN Radio 121, which he performs with his new stage partner Peter Echo. You name it; if he hasn’t done it, he will!!!
Wanna laugh? Contact a master! Jango Edwards & Friends!
(Bio from Jango’s Website)