Opening Kevin Smith’s Clerks
back in 1994 is View Askiew’s little company logo, a grotesque looking clown, whose clearly seen better days. Whether or not that clown is the same clown Vulgar
focuses on is all a guess. The character and that logo, though, bare some similarities, though.
Written and directed by Bryan Johnson, Vulgar even stars Clerks’ leading man Brian O'Halloran, further connecting the title character here to that mascot. Either way, the film opens in a rather light hearted mood. Granted, Will, a professional clown, can’t find the part he’s supposed to entertain at and in the process gets pelted with water balloons. When he finally gets to where he’s going, though, the cops are in the process of taking away the birthday girl’s father for abusing the mother. It sounds worse than it feels or looks on screen. And while Will continues to struggle, viewers get the idea that he’s bound for something else.
After checking out the personal ads, where people look for willing participants in piss play and whatever other weird fetishes can be circulated in print-ad form, Will figures comedy for adults isn’t too different than entertaining kids. Hatching a plan to work bachelor parties as a gag, Will, who takes the name Vulgar for his new gigs, winds up landing a bum gig his first time out, gets rapped and sent on his way. The experience is, obviously, a downer, but removes a wealth of societal conventions from the guy who, as a result, ends a hostage situation and lands a plum gig hosting a tv show as a result.