PseudoPod Bonus Flash (434B): The Discussion of Mimes

Show Notes

“Why are so many people afraid of clowns and amused by mimes?”

The Discussion of Mimes

by Michael Payne

Following careful overanalysis, I decided to treat myself for a change. I’d spent the last three years working during the day and attending school at night. You can understand why I thought I was entitled to some frivolity.

I settled on mime classes. I’d never even thought about miming, which is part of what drew me to it. I’d been living a drab, bookish life, so I wanted to go as far in the other direction as possible.

An Internet search found fewer mime classes than I anticipated. I figured in NYC there was enough interest in every artistic pursuit to support a small army of participants. Miming appeared to be the exception. If they rebranded it “mime yoga” perhaps it’d be different.

About the Author

Michael Payne


MICHAEL PAYNE is a comedian who has written for the TV show “The Daily Buzz” and on He maintains a blog at THE INTERESTING TIMES HERALD.

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About the Narrator

Joe Calarco

Your reader this week – Joe Calarco – is an actor and sound designer living in Los Angeles. He’s also one of the founding members of Coeurage Theatre Company in Hollywood.

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