Red Nose, Floppy Shoes by James Brosnahan | Script Revolution

Red Nose, Floppy Shoes

An OCD father who has alienated his family through his fear of clowns finds a doctor who treats him for Clown Syndrome so he may rebuild relationships with wife and daughter before he dies laughing.



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The DNA test results are in and MICHAEL (40s) is positive for Clown Syndrome, an extreme form of coulrophobia. This malady layered upon his obsessive-compulsive behaviors provides the framework for a wild ride as his wife MARLA (40s) and daughter CAITLIN (teen) rally to respond to this dreaded syndrome. DOCTOR KEEGLE (20s) treats Michael with a rare and risky remedy involving a serum consisting of ancient mime maxims in an attempt to prolong his life. In a fit of despair, Michael attempts to take his own life by asphyxiation with radon. Rescued by Caitlin and with Marla’s encouragement, he fights on. Hope arrives in the form of a botched diagnosis. It turns out Michael is genetically a clown. Tragically, this news arrives while Michael attends his first Clown Syndrome support group meeting where his clown talents surface for the first time and many die laughing. He is convicted on multiple counts of aggravated murder, a conviction that is later commuted to a lesser sentence when the courts take into account his difficult childhood. As a youth, Michael was once slapped silly. The family is forever challenged and changed by this parade of hilarious situations.

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Awards (feature length version):
Atlanta Comedy Film Festival – Nominated for Best Screenplay (2018)
Independent Talents International Film Festival – Official Selection (2018)
Hollywood Comedy Shorts – Official Selection (2019)
New York International Screenplay Awards – Official Selection (2019)
Monkey Bread Tree Film Festival, London – Best Character Arc (2019)

Submitted: February 2, 2019
Last Updated: May 2, 2022

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The Writer: James Brosnahan

I am a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a published playwright and produced screenwriter. My plays have been produced across the US and Europe. My screenplays have earned awards at several film festivals. I teach writing for film and stage at the high school level as well as writing for change leaders in the business world. I grew up in Pittsburgh, graduated from the University of Dayton and live in Ohio with my wife and a son with Down syndrome who keeps alive a sense of wonder in the family. I am willing to modify my screenplays to fit budget, talent and location. I hope you enjoy my work. Happy filmmaking! Go to bio

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