The Canadian preschool series Big Comfy Couch featured the friendliest clown ever. Loonette the Clown and her doll Molly solved everyday problems with a goofy cast of literal dust bunnies, Granny Garbanzo, Snicklefritz the cat, Major Bedhead the delivery man, and more.
Every episode started with the Clock Rug Stretch, and ended with the Ten-Second Tidy and a nap. While visits to Clowntown ended in 2006, after the show ended, actress Alyson Court has kept the spirit of Loonette alive…in a way.
For Halloween two years ago, she went as a zombie Loonette, while her son Blaede dressed as Molly—with a decapitated head of Major Bedhead, of course.
Blaede is Court’s son from her previous marriage to Erik Suzuki, who has worked on the Resident Evil games.
After Big Comfy Couch, Court really found her talent in voice acting, taking on Jubilee in the X-Men series, and Claire Redfield in the Resident Evil video games.
In the past two years, she’s been on Inspector Gadget and Murdoch Mysteries. All the voice acting has truly paid off, as she’s become a voice director in recent years, as well as a writer/producer.
Although Alyson wasn’t the only actress to portray Loonette the Clown (Ramona Gilmour-Darling played Loonette in the final seventh season), she’s certainly the most loved and well-known of the two Loonettes.
She even recently gave her thoughts on the 2016 clowns on This Hour Has 22 Minutes. She jokes that the fear about clowns has made it unsafe for “a clown to even hitchhike alone at night!” She also says she understands the fear of old Ronald McDonald.
Alyson Court in real life is actually much more into gore and adult humor than we ever would have thought sweet Loonette capable of!