“THE STORY SO FAR”
Russ has followed in the footsteps of his father who performed as Clown Ki-Ko with Walker the Dog appearing on Billy Smarts Circus in the 1940’s – 50’s. Russ, a former Royal Marine has been an entertainer virtually all of his life. He started work in Children’s theatre, then worked in shopping centres, at children’s parties & performing street theatre.
He appeared in episodes of ‘Ruth Rendell’, ‘Casualty’ & ‘The Trainer’ (staring David McCallum& Susannah York). He has also worked in comedy bands, dance troupes, at Butlins & Warner Haven Holiday Camps and for Santus & Zippos Circuses
The recipient of two prestigious International Clown Awards, Happy was chosen to be one of the clowns in the Johnny Vaughan Show: ‘Clowns Across the Pennines’ which launched BBC3 in 2003. He has also appeared with Ainsly Harriott on ‘Celebrity Ready Steady Cook’. Radio Berkshire has travelled with Happy’s Circus & transmitted live broadcasts behind the scenes & during the show. When schools close for the summer holidays, Happy’s Circus has performed at numerous summer venues including Brean in Somerset, Charmouth & West Bay in Dorset, Burley in the New Forest & on Bournemouth Pier amongst many other theatres across the UK. At Christmas Happy’s circus introduced Santa’s Circus which performed to audiences at Washington, West Sussex & Eastleigh in Hampshire.
This in turn has led to performances as Dame in several pantomimes across the UK. But nothing has surpassed Russ’s proudest memory when he was invited to the Queen’s Garden Party in 2012 at Buckingham Palace. Russ is a member of Equity, the Association of Independent Showman & the European Circus Association. He is honoured to be treasurer of the ACP (Association of Circus Proprietors), a role which keeps him very busy.
Russ has two children, Stephanie and Pip Randelle.
Stephanie Randelle first performed in a Stage production of “The Transports” whilst still in her mother’s womb, & then as a babe in arms in a film featuring Old Portsmouth.
When family times were hard Stephanie at an early age, helped her father who had to busk to make ends meet. She would be carried on her father’s back whilst blowing a harmonica & shaking her rattle in time to the music.
She was honored with an award in 2001 in recognition of her contribution as a
professional junior circus artist.
In October 2006 Stephanie graduated from the Academy of Circus Arts, winning the award for best traditional circus act 2006. She immediately embarked on a 6 month tour with Circus Rambo across Ind
After working summers on the family show she spent her winters performing on Christmas Circuses & touring theatres. She starred for three years as “one of the “Sinister Sisters” in the cult show, The Circus of Horrors.
April 2016 Stephanie retired from performing and is now part of the Happy’s Circus Head Office team.
As a 2 year old Pip Randelle used to do funny things all the time, but he cried when people laughed. At that age he did not understand that people were not laughing at him, but the things he did.
As a young performer Pip would not enter the circus ring unless he was disguised as a little monkey who stole the fruit which his father “Happy” was trying to juggle. He progressed to performing as Billybang the clown, a young Anakin Skywalker from Star Wars & a comedy hypnotist, amongst many other characters. He has appeared on TV in “Kids say the funniest things” & starred as Puck in “A Midsummer night’s dream”
He was honoured with an award in 2001 in recognition of his contribution as a professional junior circus artist & he also won the Junior International Clowns Award for 2003
Pip is now a multi skilled accomplished performer & musician whose repertoire extends to comedic pantomime roles & guest appearances on other Circuses. Pip is Artistic & Technical Director of Happy’s Circus. He has also contributed to both writing, directing & performing at the Easter and Halloween shows at the Hippodrome Circus in Great Yarmouth.
In 2013 & 2014 Pip starred at the Hippodrome Circus Christmas Spectacular alongside Jack Jay, undertaking the role of lead comic to rave reviews. In 2015 Pip featured as one of two principle clowns at Zippos’ Winter Wonderland Circus at Hyde Park, London.
As a young entertainer in his early twenties Pip is well on the way to International success…Watch this Space!
Happy’s Circus Show – as it was originally known – has evolved from an open-air show into Happy’s Circus as it is today.