Story Time: Bozo and the Santa Claus Horror Show

One of my favorite pastimes is storytelling. I don't have a lot of stories, but the ones I tell are really good, and my delivery has been honed and perfected over multitudinous retellings. I'm not sure that a blog is the best format for storytelling, but I'm going to give it a go. Let me know what you think in the comments.

After the jump, I will tell you the amazing TRUE story of Bozo and the Santa Claus Horror Show!

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Boinger's Cartoon Circus Link List

For those who want to watch Boinger's Cartoon Circus in order, here are direct links...

The Boing Boing Cartoon Circus Iwerks and Aladdin Pookie Sings Motown The Fleischers and Popeye Chuck McCann and Dick H. Dump Gandy Goose vs the Nazis Winchell Mahoney Time Gypsy Life and the Great Carlo VInci Rootie Kazootie Calls Himself Tootie Bob Clampett and Jazz Pinkie Lee The Weirdest Cartoon Ever! Boinger The Clown Says Goodbye, Kids Read the rest

BB Saturday Circus: Boinger The Clown Says Goodbye, Kids

Well, that was a lot of fun. Hope you enjoyed the show. It's time to say goodbye, goodbye until some other day... (wiping a tear from my eye)

Boinger says, "Goodbye, kids."

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BB Saturday Circus: Pinkie Lee

In the comments, Roy Trumbull requested a little bit of Pinkie Lee action. Here it is! Guess who stole his act?

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BB Saturday Circus: Rootie Kazootie Calls Himself Tootie

I'm not sure why Rootie Kazootie is being referred to as "Rootie Tootie" here. But it sure is golden! The original Rootie Kazootie puppet is now owned by none other than Chuck McCann, the funnyman featured a little earlier in the show. I think Kazootie and McCann ought to go out on the road!

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BB Saturday Circus: Winchell Mahoney Time

When I was a kid, the theme song to this show got me amped up higher than a full pot of coffee. A few years back, I was accepting an award for Spumco at the Annie Awards and I had my chihuahua with me to help accept. All of a sudden, I heard barking and catterwallering coming from the bag I had her in. I peeked inside and she looked as confused as I did. I turned around, and a few feet away stood Paul Winchell, trying to look inconspicuous as he threw his voice into my dog's mouth. Highlight of my life right there!

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BB Saturday Circus: Chuck McCann and Dick H. Dump

Here's a great bit of improvised hilarity by kidvid pioneer, Chuck McCann. I ran into Chuck at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake and asked him about this skit. He said that it was intended as a parody of Dick Tracy, but his producers wouldn't let him use the comic strip's name. He was told to change the name of the character to something else. Chuck fumed for a minute, then brightened. "We'll call him DICK H. DUMP!" His producer wasn't sure... "Isn't that name kind of dirty?" "NO!" Chuck replied. "You just have a dirty mind." The name stayed.

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BB Saturday Circus: Pookie Sings Motown

Here is a classic bit from The Soupy Sales Show (my favorite show when I was 7). Pookie always got me up on my feet dancing in front of the set.

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