There was no clowning around when Doo Doo the Clown rescued two women from a random assault in downtown Toronto in broad daylight last winter.
Doo Doo, otherwise known as Shane Farberman, is best known for his role as the clown on Billy Madison but his entire world changed last November when he became a real-life hero.
Farberman and his clown team will perform three shows every day during Westerner Days.
Between shows, Farberman recounted his life-changing experience, which turned him into an Internet sensation.
“My parents always taught me to do my best and to be the best,” said the clown. “So I work really hard.”
Last November, Farberman and three other clowns had just left a show when they were driving home in his clown hummer. One clown was pregnant. All four were in full clown make up and costume.
“I am driving my hummer through the city,” said Farberman. “All of a sudden I see this guy in shorts jumping on cars, punching people, hitting people. I call 911.”
Farberman turns his hummer around and watches as the man turns a corner.
“There were two women walking,” said Farberman. “He punched one of them. I pulled up in the hummer and started screaming, “get in, get in.” They jump into my car. He rips my hummer apart. He rips my mirrors off. Then the police come and eight of them come. They zap him.”
Farberman said the whole incident was very overwhelming and he did not hesitate to lend a hand.
“What made the news was … either get beat up or get in a hummer full of clowns,” said Farberman.
At the police station, Farberman gave his account of the event and a reporter noticed that there was a dash cam on his hummer.
The entire incident was recorded on the dash cam.
“We plugged it into his computer and it caught everything,” said Farberman. “The next morning my life had changed.”
He has received world-wide praise and awards for his bravery.
Funny enough, the night before the incident, Farberman had been named the entertainer of the year by the Canadian Association of Fairs and Expositions.
“I went home to my wife and three children and I said life does not get any better,” he laughed. “I had no idea. I was very honoured and this happens the next day.”
Doo Doo the Clown performs daily at 2:30 p.m., 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Central Alberta Co-op Family Stage.