5. Shakes (Shakes The Clown, 1991)
The Clown: Floppy red hair, lightly applied facial doodles and giant checked trousers turn Bobcat Goldthwait into a kiddie-pleasing entertainer. Well, sometimes.
Why He’s Funny: When he’s sober and on form, Shakes can be very funny. He’s also hilarious sarcastic. At one of the parties he’s hired for, a parent asks, “Are you the clown?” “No,” he snaps, “I’m Mary f*****g Poppins.”
Why He’s Terrifying: You wouldn’t like him when he’s drunk. And when he loses out on his chance to be on a local kids’ TV show, he just lets himself go completely. Sleazy, salty and rude, drunk Shakes gives kids nightmares.