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Legendary clown David Larible appeared in a Sesame Street segment with his daughter, during his time with the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. He is one of only four clowns to win the Gold Clown award, considered the profession's highest honor.

Owner Kenneth Feld decided to feature Larible as a solo act for the first time in their circus' history. He replaced Gunther Gebel Williams, another legend in the circus world, from 1991 to 2005.

β€œMy daughter wants to be an aerialist. So she wants to follow in my father's footsteps and go on the trapeze. I have a sister, too, who is a trapeze artist.
Larible in TIME, 2002.”

Daughter Shirley Larible would eventually choose to train in the aerial straps act.