I've got some bad news for you.  Apparently, we're facing a nationwide clown shortage.  The old generation of clowns is dying out, and a new generation isn't stepping up to take their place.  The number of working clowns in the U.S. has dropped from about 3,500 in 2004 to 2,500 now.

According to Glen Kohlberger, the head of Clowns of America International, new clowns aren't signing up fast enough to replace all of the old clowns who are either retiring or dying off.

Money seems to be a big issue. The average annual salary for a clown is about $38,000-a-year.

New York Daily News