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From Sacramento To Cirque De Soleil: How Clowning Changed Kelsey Custard's Life

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Markus Mollenberg
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Kelsey Custard

When Kelsey Custard was a kid in Sacramento, she didn’t go to the circus or see clowns. Now she’s clowning for Cirque du Soleil and making people laugh all over the world. Her latest show is Amaluna.

"I could be own self [in clowning], and my take my flaws and my weirdness, and my body and make it into something special and unique."

See Kelsey Custard perform under the big top in Amaluna. The show is running through Jan 12 in San Francisco’s Oracle Park.

Jeneé Darden is an award-winning journalist, author, public speaker and proud Oakland native. She hosts the weekly arts segment Sights & Sounds and covers East Oakland for KALW. Jenee has reported for NPR, Marketplace, KQED, KPCC, The Los Angeles Times, Ebony magazine, Refinery29 and other outlets. In 2005, she reported on the London transit bombings for Time magazine. Prior to coming to KALW, she hosted the podcast Mental Health and Wellness Radio.