Feb 22, 2013 9:22 AM by Samantha Ptashkin

Tucson Rodeo clown provides comic relief amid mutton bustin' and bull riding

TUCSON- Amid all the good food and fans at the Fiesta de los Vaqueros, it's not hard to spot the rodeo clown.

"Crash Cooper" is a Canadian who drove 40 hours to the Old Pueblo.

Despite the bright colored makeup on his face, the former bull fighter is not your typical clown. "I'm not the type to tie balloon animals or anything like that," Crash Cooper says.

But he does like to clown around.

This is his second year at the Tucson Rodeo. It's one of about 20 across the country he performs at each year.

News 4 Tucson caught up with Crash Cooper as he was helping the mutton bustin' kids get back on their feet. "Even if you don't know much about the sport of rodeo, you can still have fun with me hopefully because everybody can relate to humor," Crash Cooper says.

He says humor is key to his success in many ways. He occasionally gets kicked around while out in the arena. "Which is always great for the crowd, but not so much for me," Crash Cooper says with a smile.

But despite the bumps and bruises, he says he wouldn't trade his job because the rodeo fans are as loyal as they come.

You can catch Crash Cooper performing at the Tucson Rodeo Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the start of the 2pm show.

He also works as a rancher and greeting card illustrator for "Leaning Tree Greeting Cards".

To learn more about Crash Cooper, head to: www.crashcooper.com


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