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Doo Doo the Clown rescues women from assailant on Toronto street

Clown to the rescue. Doo Doo the Clown reacts quickly after he spots a man threatening two women in Toronto.
Doo Doo the Clown helped two woman escape a man threatening to assault them in downtown Toronto. ( Farberman)

It was no laughing matter, even for a clown.

Shane Farberman, better known as Doo Doo the Clown, has been in the clowning business for more than 30 years. He's known for his role in the movie Billy Madison, his colourful persona, and the catch phrase "unbelievable!" But on Sunday, it was his quick-thinking act as citizen, rather than clown, that was so unbelievable.  

Farberman was driving home from a job in Toronto in full costume, when he saw a man threatening two women and he bolted into action.

Doo Doo the Clown (Facebook)
"It was terrifying," Farberman tells As It Happens host Carol Off.

Farberman says that he had already been tracking the threatening man for a few blocks.

"He obviously looked like he was in distress. I don't know what happened to him. He was just off-the-wall."

Farberman called  9-1-1 and kept the operator on the line as he watched the man jump on cars and push people.

"He turned around the corner and next thing you know he walks by these two women and he gives one of them a punch or a push," Farberman explains.

WARNING: Contains strong language. Doo Doo the Clown's dash cam captures moment when attacker jumps on SUV. 0:32

Then the man started to run aggressively towards the women.

"I screamed as loud as I could, over and over 'Get in my car! Get in my car!'" Farberman explains. "I forgot that I'm in a clown suit and my car's filled with clowns."

But Farberman says there was no time for hesitation and the two women jumped into his vehicle.   

"He came back to my car to get these ladies. He was banging on the car and smashing my window. It was crazy."

Farberman says the man was determined to get in the car and ripped off the car's side mirror.

"Everyone was screaming. It was pretty horrifying."

Eventually the police showed up. They struggled to restrain the man and Farberman says it took eight officers to finally hold him down.

"I'm happy I didn't get out of the car. I'm happy the ladies heard me screaming like crazy," Farberman explains. "I'm a clown, I mean the worst I could do is hit him with a balloon animal."

​Farberman is relieved that no one was hurt and is overwhelmed by the reaction online. When As It Happens reached Farberman, he was en route to city hall to be honoured for his act of bravery by Toronto councillor Norm Kelly.

"I'm just pulling into city hall and everybody's clapping in the parking booth" Farberman explains. "I've got tears in my eyes. This is crazy." 


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