Bozo the Clown

History of Bozo the Clown, created by Alan Livingston and perfected by Larry Harmon

Three Bears sketch - Bozo the Clown show

Three Bears sketch – Bozo the Clown show

Three Bears sketch — a very funny sketch, from WGN-TV’s Bozo the Clown show, Bozo’s Circus featuring three of their funniest clowns: (more…)

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Pinto Colvig as the original Bozo the Clown

Pinto Colvig films (the original Bozo the Clown)

Pinto Colvig films, the original Bozo the Clown

Pinto Colvig films – In addition to being the original Bozo the Clown, Pinto Colvig had a long career in film, providing voices in Sleeping BeautyThe Wizard of Oz, as well as being the voice of Goofy for Walt Disney cartoons, and the voice of Bluto in the Popeye cartoons. (more…)

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Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll

Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll

Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll

30″ Bozo the Clown Ventriloquist Doll with Tote Bag and Instruction Booklet.

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.”

Bozo the Clown ventriloquist doll

 

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Bozo the Clown punching bag

Bozo the Clown punching bag

 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 the Clown - Bucket Grand Prize Game

Bozo Grand Prize Game

Bozo Bucket Bonanza–Grand Prize Game

One of my favorite parts of WGN-TV’s Bozo the Clown show was when Bob Bell, aka. Bozo the Clown, would do the Bozo 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. (more…)

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Get Down with the Clown – a music CD starring Larry Harmon’s Bozo the Clown

Get Down with the Clown

Get Down with the Clown – a music CD starring Larry Harmon’s Bozo the Clown

Bozo 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. (more…)

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

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

 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. (more…)

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Bob Bell as Bozo, cover of the Chicago Tribune

Bozo the Clown photo gallery

Bozo the Clown photo gallery – the character of Bozo was created by Alan Livingston and Pinto Colvig at Capitol Records, and made a worldwide phenomenon by Larry Harmon

Many of the images are courtesy of the International Clown Hall of Fame (more…)

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

Bozo boppers

Bozo Boppers – Bozo-themed inflatable boxing gloves

Buy from Amazon.com 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 🙂 (more…)

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The Man Behind the Nose - Larry 'Bozo' Harmon

The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales, by Larry Harmon

book review of  The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales, written by Larry Harmon

Although Larry Harmon was instrumental to the success of Bozo the Clown, I personally think of him in similar terms to P.T. Barnum — a great promoter, who was not above bending the truth in order to tell a riveting story, or in promoting himself or someone else. (more…)

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