Michael Shawn Crahan (born September 24, 1969), more commonly known by his stage persona "Clown", is an American musician, music producer, and artist. He is best known as one of the two custom percussionists and co-founder of the Grammy-winning heavy metal band Slipknot. When performing with Slipknot, he is known as Number 6; being that the eight piece band follows a numbering scheme ranging from 0 to 8. (Number 2 is still assigned to deceased bassist and co-founding member Paul Gray). At 43, Crahan is the oldest member of Slipknot, and has been largely responsible for the band's success with his extensive involvement in Slipknot's media production. Outside Slipknot, Crahan has had two side project bands called To My Surprise, and Dirty Little Rabbits.