The entertainer and rodeo protection athlete of the rodeo.Originally, the rodeo clown was a single job during the bull riding events.  

Their job has evolved over the years.  Not only can this be "bullfighting" -- protecting the riders thrown from the bull -- it can be the person who provides comic relief.

Today, this job is split into two separate ones, hiring bullfighters who protect the riders from the bull and entertainers -- a barrel man and a clown -- who provides comic humor.

Rodeo clowns and bullfighters at the Williams Lake Indoor Rodeo