Copyright 2009 Ron "Toto" Johnson
Ron “Toto” Johnson…
…began clowning in his hometown of Naugatuck, Connecticut
during the summer of 1977 at the age of 10.
…formed his own clown troupe, “The Colossal Clowns”, in 1981
with 4 other teens.
…started performing at the Circus World theme park near
Orlando, Florida the day after graduating from high school in
…graduated from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey
Circus Clown College class of 1985 at age 18.
…clowned on the Red unit of Ringling Brothers and Barnum
and Bailey Circus from 1986 through 1989 and also
represented both the Red and Blue units as an "advance
clown" through 2013.
…taught stiltwalking, makeup, and clowning at the Clown
College in 1988.
…was the Boss Clown for Cirkus Olympia in Sweden for 1990
…performed for several months in late 1990/early 1991 at the
Carnival Plaza in Tokyo, Japan.
…produced and starred in “The Circus Of Clowns” at Riverside
Amusement Park (Massachusetts) during the 1992 and 1993
…won a Bronze medal for his clowning at the Sarasota
International Circus Festival and Parade in 1993/1994.
…had the lead role of “Zed” in the 1994 production of “The
Police Academy Live Action Stunt Show” at Six Flags Over
…was one of only 5 performers featured at the Circus Circus
casino near Tunica, Mississippi from 1994 until 1996.
…performed aboard the Silja Scandinavia cruise ship in 1996,
touring between Finland and Sweden.
…became a 13 ½ inch tall, limited edition sculpture in 1999,
created by artist/sculptor Ron Lee.
…taught a workshop on physical comedy and represented the
USA in the international gala show during the Bolton
International Clowns Festival (England) in September 2001.
…represented the USA at the international clown festival held
in the town of Praia da Vito’ria on the island of Terceira in the
Azores of Portugal in August of 2002, 2004, and 2008.
…joined 4 other American clowns in presenting stage shows,
workshops, and strolling entertainment at the National Cultural
Festival of Japan held throughout Fukuoka Prefecture in
…received the “Clown Bluey” award for “Best Parade
Performance 2004/2005”, the “Silly Willy” award for “Best
Auguste 2004/2005”, and the 2009 “Barbara Miller Trophy” for
“the clown showing best qualities of attack, timing, and
precision” from the world’s oldest clown organization, “Clowns
…spent September 2005 performing and holding workshops at
international clown festivals in Ulft, Holland and Weston-super-
…traveled to Monaco in April 2006 to perform in the Princess
Grace Theater as an honored guest of Princess Stephanie of
Monaco and the 3rd “Festiclown de Monte-Carlo”, becoming
the first American to receive this honor.
…brought a bit of his “world” through the magic of the red nose
to a Masai village on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater in
Tanzania (Africa) in September 2006.
…made history in May 2007 by performing at the “Happy
Liuzhou International Clown Festival”, the very first international
clown festival ever to be held in China.
…returned to China in September 2007 to do a promotional
tour for and then perform at the “Happy Tiandu AEMI World
Clown Festival” in Tiandu City, Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.
…was the opening act on stage at the “Happy Huangguoshu
2008 International Circus Carnival” held in Huangguoshu,
Guizhou Province, China in May 2008.
…helped organize, trained volunteers, and performed at the
“2008 Hangzhou AEMI World Clown Festival” held in Hangzhou,
Zhejiang, China during late September and early October 2008.
…visited schools, held workshops, and performed at the
“Circus Circus Clowns Festival” at “Butlins” in Bognor Regis,
England in March 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013.
…received the 2009 “Harry Dann Award” for “Best Picture
Clown” from clownalley.net’s online voting.
…traveled to Shanghai, China in late September 2009 to
promote and perform at the “2009 Shanghai Vogue Life
…performed in the ring of the Chapiteau Espace Fontvieille in
Monaco during the 14th “Noel de Frankie…Le Festival des
Clowns” in December 2010.
…held workshops, entertained at hospital and charity events,
did “meet and greet” at a shopping mall, and performed in
theatre shows during the 2nd International Clown Festival to be
held in Mumbai, India in late September and early October
…became the only American ever to receive the title of “Fellow
of Clowns International” from the world’s first and foremost
clown organization in March 2013.
…spent 32 days entertaining a million people across 6 cities as
part of the 3rd International Clown Festival in India in
…entertained audiences attending the Clowns International
Festival in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland in September 2015.
...joined an international cast of clowns and comedy performers
to perform at festivals in Shanghai, Nanxiang, and Yangzhou,
China in September/October 2016.
...was honored by the Circus Fans of America organization in
2017 with the creation of the Ron "Toto" Johnson National
…acted as the Ronald McDonald Program Coordinator in
eastern Iowa and western Illinois from November 1996 through
December 2017 and was awarded the title of "Master Clown" by
McDonald's in November 2016.
…continues to perform around the USA and the World for
circuses, cruise ships, amusement parks, and much more.