Teresa and Bob Gretton stepped into the shoes of “Blinky” and “Bunky-the-Clowns” in
the late 1970’s. Bob mentored at the Circus Hall of Fame, Sarasota,
FL in 1977. “Bunky” made his first appearance at their
civic association fun day in 1977. From 1982-1988, they both starred
in and produced their own one-hour weekly cable television show, “Clowning
Around with Bunky” on ChascoVision Cable in Charles County,
Maryland. Currently, Teresa has developed a new clown character, “Blondi,” a
lite auguste (a lighter makeup).
Bob was named the 2009 Clowns of America International (COAI) Clown
of the Year. Teresa served
as COAI Secretary from 1996 to 2010. They lecture at COAI and
regional conventions nationwide
as well as Canada and Mexico. Bob is President of Red Nose Response,
a comic relief organization founded in 2005 just after Hurricane
Katrina. With his help, Red Nose Response partnered with the Southern
Maryland Chapter of the American Red Cross in 2006 to help bring
more awareness to the comic relief organization. The Mid Atlantic
Clown Association honored Bob with the 2006 Clownitarian Award.
Besides COAI, they are affiliated with regional associations (SECA,
MACA, Toby the Clown Foundation) and conventions (Circus Magic,
Kentucky Clown Derby, TNT, Kapitol Kidvention). In December 2008,
Teresa and Bob joined a contingency from the COAI Board to attend
the Fourth Concentration of International Clowns in Nuevo Laredo,
Mexico, for purposes of ambassadorship and goodwill within the
Both have quite a knack in teaching children
the art of clowning. They have been instructors at Kids College,
Southern Maryland College.
Their talent, patience, and expertise have been recognized by other
clown groups, most notably Little Big Top at Circus Magic (Williamsburg,
VA) and Kentucky Clown Derby (Clarksburg, IN). They have appeared
on the Daily Show with Jon Stewart on the Comedy Central Channel
and the National Geographic Channel. Together they have produced
half time shows for the Washington Redskins’ football organization.
Their performances at the White House, Capitol Building, and the
Kennedy Center join countless parties, picnics, festivals, school
and stage shows.
They are also pleased to announce that they both are on staff
at their local Red Cross chapter and have promoted Red Cross and
disaster preparedness in their benefit clown stage shows.
Bunky and Blinky-the-Clowns are household words in many families
who have grown up with them. They bring miles of SMILES to children
of all ages. Sit back and relax and get ready for giggles and fun
as the dynamic duo produce smiles in everyone.
Alias: Bob & Teresa Gretton
P.O. Box 787
Waldorf, MD 20604-0787