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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count: 100
THE HEART OF A CLOWN
Danny grabbed five-year-old Joey by the hand and led him onto the stage.
“Sing it like we practiced,” Danny whispered.
Gazing at the sea of strangers, Joey bit his lower lip and nodded. “Okay, Poppa.”
Mama played the opening notes on the piano.
Joey burst into a rousing rendition of “Brother Can you Spare a Dime,” imitating Al Jolson.
When he took his final bow to resounding applause, he tripped into a footlight which exploded and startled him. The fickle audience laughed.
Sixty years later, Jerry Lewis told an interviewer, “I decided then and there I preferred laughter to applause.”
Thanks for the Laughter, Mr. Lewis