Like many bullfighters, Mark Swingler got his start in the business after converting himself from being a bull rider.
But for the last 17 years, the Texan has focused on entertainment, transitioning yet again. It was quite natural for the greasepaint-wearing bullfighter to transfer his abilities to being a rodeo clown, the barrelman/funnyman. It’s the way he’s made a living since 1994.
Oh, and did I mention that he’s one of the best, having been nominated as PRCA Comedy Act of the Year and Clown of the Year. He also carries that act all across the country. This weekend, he’s working in Nacogdoches, Texas. The first weekend in May, he will be working the Guymon (Okla.) Pioneer Days Rodeo, and that’s where I’ll get to see him perform for the first time in several years.
I’m looking forward to it, because Mark takes an outstanding approach to his duties. He’s a pro, and he’ll help produce a great show.