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Foolish & Fearless Leaders

King Venus Creamus (2003-04) allows a loyal
subject to lick the royal cream. 

Scene from the coronation of Carpe Cockus.


Who Leads a Fool?

The Fools Guild is led by the King of Fools. Perhaps a more accurate term would be "monarch," because the King can be either male or female. But we like the word "King" better. "Monarch of Fools" just doesn't have the same ring.

The King is sort of like the Chieftan of a tribe: part figurehead, part administrator, part love object. He or she typically makes all major decisions, produces all events, bears all responsibility, and supposedly total royal authority: that is authority over decisions no one else wants to make.

Originally the King of Fools was appointed in recognition of being an excellent comic performer. The role of Mother Folly represented the non-performing, feminine side of the Fool. However with the passing of time, our reasoning faculties have diminished and we really don't know why we do what we do (whatever that is).

Inevitably almost every King of Fools has a nervous breakdown. That's why we choose a new King every year. The ex-Kings get together with the current King around April or May and determine who the next King shall be. Sometime in the late spring or early summer, the new King is crowned in a very illustrious coronation ceremony before the thronging masses of subjects. The coronation usually takes place at a Renaissance Faire in southern California and is preceded by a massive Parade of Fools, in search of the new King.

Here is a chronological list of all Kings of Fools:

Andy Davis

Anonymous I

1981-1982

Dennis Day

The Mother King

1982-1983

Q Siebenthal

Easy Off

1983-1984

Billy Scudder

1984-1985

Greg Dean

1985-1986

Adam Long

Rex Marks the Spot

1986-1987

Jack Albee

Feniculee of Farts, Esq.

1987-1988

John Mackey

Mackey the VIII-who gives a rat's ass

1988-1989

Billy Barrett

Billiam the Stiff 9th King of the Jackanapes

1989-1990

Jack Tate

Jack II

1990-1991

Jonnathon Findlater

Ludicrous I

1991-1992

David Springhorn

King Ignoramus I

1992-1993

Jim Kelly and Jim Layne

Frivolous Wrex II

1993-1994

Rocky McMurray

Stymie the Flatulent

1994-1995

Steve Marshall

King Dome the Cranky

1995-1996

Jeff Weissman

King Dingaling

1996-1997

Daniel Singer

Rover "the Ruff" Canine Rex I

1997-1998

Michael "Tuba" Heatherton

His Royal Hiney King Toobah IV of the
Bucking Brasshole (Tuba-Interuptus-Reeks)

1998-1999

Dario Benjamin

His Lordship of Perpetual Knumbness
King Doodah I of the Maximus Bottomus

1999-2000

Gary Morgan

Flautus Proboscis the Reluctant

2000-2001

Sandey Grinn

Carpe Cockus

2001-2002

Paula Chambers

King Delecta Eubetta Genuflecta

2002-2003

Christina Linhardt

Venus Creamus

2003-2004

J. Paul Moore

Supercilius I

2004-2005

James Briton Hendricks

Magnanimous I

2005-2006

Roger Wilson

King Jolly the first

2006-2007

Heidi Barthelemy

King Lickity Split

2007-2008

Paula Re
and
Fred Lehto
KinKi Korazon and
Klimax Konundrum

2008-2009

Q cumber The Oracle

2009-2010

Danielle Guzenske

King Good and Plenty

2010-2011

Wendi Bird

Atlasta King, The Chosen One

2011-2012

Wim Griffith

King Neezaparte the Puppet King

2012-2013

J. Craig Williams &
Chris Bartley Williams

King James Charming the 007th
Quing Lily Lamé, 34D

2013-2014

Michael Kember

King April Prime*

1st April 2014

Richard Beard

King Bodacious Spoonfool

2014-2015

Rachel Neff

Quing Bijou Precieux

2015-2016

Kate Friedricks
Justeen Ward
Christina Linhardt

Duke Diga Diga Doo
Justeenie Wahine
Huki Pookie

2016-2017

Ken Collins

King Archivus, Circler of Confusion

2017-2018

And the Mothers Folly:

Diane Laskin

1994-1995

Burgundy Thure-Oches

1995-1996

Dot Findlater

1996-1997

Katella McCarthy

Mother May I

1997-1998

Darla Hitchcock

1998-1999

Rachel Schooler

1999-2001

Kimbell Jackson

Mahatma Mama

2001-2002

Toby

2002-2003

Terry Hill

Mother Folderol Fiddle-dee-dee

2003-2005

Sioux Ashe

Not Yo Mama

2005-2008

Madelyn Reusser

MadMama

2008-2011

Judy Kory

Mamma Mia!

2011-2013

Shannon Wade

Kissyo Mama Shenanigan

2013-2015

Tom Rachal

Brother Mother Folly

2015-2018

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