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The unusual history of Bozo the Clown

The Unusual History of Bozo the Clown – attempting to unravel who did what when in the creation of “Bozo, the World’s Most Famous Clown”

(Editor’s note: for fans of Bob Bell’s rendition of Bozo the Clown, WGN-TV will be showing Special: Bozo, Gar & Ray: WGN TV Classics, on Christmas Eve from 7-9 pm Central Standard Time, and again on Christmas Day from 2-4 pm, “A look back at three of WGN’s most beloved television series, “Bozo’s Circus,” “Garfield Goose and Friends” and “Ray Rayner and His Friends.” )

Bozo the Clown - child kissing his noseMost clowns are created and performed by one individual. There are exceptions, of course, such as the Harlequin, a character from the Comedia del Arte. A more contemporary exception is Bozo the Clown, who is owned, copyrighted, and trademarked property of Larry Harmon. But although Mr. Harmon has done an admirable job of marketing Bozo the Clown worldwide, the story of Bozo does not begin with him. Instead, it begins at Capitol Records, in 1946. Read More…


Bozo the Clown photos

Bozo the Clown photos, from his live action TV shows across the nation, guest appearances on other shows or at special events, etc.

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Bozo boppers

Bozo boppers - inflatable boxing gloves for use with the Bozo Bop Bag

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In a nutshell, the Bozo boppers are no more than inflatable boxing gloves, designed for use with the Bozo bop bag (or Bozo punching bag, as I tend to call it).  That’s it.  Cute, funny, large and clownish, protecting little hands.  A pity they don’t come in adult sizes or they’d make an excellent clown prop :) Read More…

Films of Pinto Colvig – the original Bozo the Clown

Complete Filmography for Pinto Colvig, the original Bozo the Clown Read More…

The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Yarns

Book description of The Man Behind the Nose

buy-from-amazon The Man Behind the Nose - Larry Harmon's autobiographyThe Man Behind the Nose is the autobiography of the man who was Bozo. For 50 years Larry Harmon was the face—and the nose—of Bozo the Clown, the most well-known, beloved clown of them all, the precursor for every successful modern-day harlequin to come, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty. A warm, surprising, and endlessly entertaining life story filled to the brim with “Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales,” The Man Behind the Nose is a rollicking ride through the world of a true American icon in greasepaint. Read More…

Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll

Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll

Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll30” Bozo the Clown Ventriloquist Doll with Tote Bag and Instruction Booklet.

buy-from-amazon 30” Ventriloquist doll of Larry Harmon’s Bozo, the World Famous Clown! Dressed in Bozo’s traditional blue clown outfit trimmed in red and white with red yarn hair and red painted clown nose. Ideal for adults and children both. Enjoy hours of fun. Great for enhancing a child’s imagination. Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll has a moving mouth, which is easily operated using a string in the back of the neck. Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll comes in a re-usable zippered, vinyl tote bag and an instruction booklet “Seven Simple Steps To Ventriloquism.” Read More…

Bozo the Clown punching bag

Bozo the Clown punching bag

Bozo the Clown punching bag

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buy-from-amazon If there’s one toy that people associate with the Bozo the Clown show, it’s the Bozo Bop Bag.  (Around my house, we also called it the Bozo the Clown Punching Bag, but it’s technically the Bozo Bop Bag.  I guess it’s wrong to punch someone, but okay to bop them?)

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Bozo Grand Prize Game

Bozo Bucket Bonanza–Grand Prize Game

Bozo the Clown - Bucket Grand Prize Game

buy-from-amazon One of my favorite parts of WGN-TV’s Bozo the Clown show was when Bob Bell, aka. Bozo the Clown, would do the Grand Prize Game. with a boy and a girl from the studio audience.  There would be six buckets in a row, and the contestant would throw a ping pong ball into the nearest bucket, and win a small prize.  They would attempt to throw the ping pong ball into the second bucket, and win a larger prize, and so on.  It’s much harder than it sounds, since the further the ping pong ball was tossed, the more difficult the toss—and the more likely it was to bounce out. Read More…

Get Down with the Clown

buy-from-amazonGet Down with the Clown – a new music CD starring Larry Harmon’s Bozo the Clown

Bozo and Pals - Get Down with the Clown - CDBozo the Clown got his start in 1946 with a record from Capitol Records — and in 2003, Bozo returned to audio. In a collection of song styles including blues to parade to cowboy ballads, Bozo returns in a music collection that is a pleasant surprise. Free samples of several of the audio tracks are available from Amazon.com. I was pleasantly surprised, and recommend it to anyone with children. Read More…

Bozo Shows 4-5-6

Review of Bozo Shows 4-5-6 – release of the live action Bozo the Clown TV show on video/DVD

buy-from-amazonBozo Show 4-5-6 starring Frank Avruch  This DVD, Bozo Shows 4-5-6, is a compilation of several of the live action “Bozo the Clown” TV series out of Boston, Massachusetts, from the 1960’s.  I, personally, grew up with WGN-TV’s Bob Bell as Bozo the Clown out of Chicago, and had no previous experience with Boston’s Bozo, Frank Avruch . I was pleasantly surprised. Read More…

Bozo: the World’s Most Famous Clown, volume 1

Bozo: the World’s Most Famous Clown, volume 1 starring Frank Avruch

buy-from-amazonBozo the World's Most Famous Clown - DVD - volume 1 Bozo : the World’s Most Famous Clown is a 4-disc DVD collection of the live action Bozo the Clown show taped in Boston, starring Frank Avruch as Bozo, as well as fellow cast members Mr. Lion and Kookie Kangaroo (played by Carol Spinney, later known as Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch), Professor Tweedy Foofer, and others. Read More…