Oct 24, 2008 — When we think of clowns, most of us imagine wild makeup, rainbow wigs and silly antics. But there's also a serious, sincere side to clowning. Miguel Cortazar, a native of the Basque Country in Spain, has been creating and performing solo works as a clown, mime and actor for over 20 years. He's performed throughout Europe and Mexico. His form of clowning around has been acclaimed for its poignant and comedic qualities. Todd Moe has this profile.