The Bozo Show (1980–1994)

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1983   1982  


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 Himself (1 episode, 1982)
 Singer (1 episode, 1982)


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14 April 2001 | by (Norridge, Illinois, US) – See all my reviews

"Bozo's Circus" was renamed "The Bozo Show" in 1980 when it was given a new set, became pre-recorded instead of live and when its timeslot moved from lunchtime to weekdays 7:00-8:30 AM Central. In later years, the program was shortened to 60 minutes before being moved to Sundays and renamed "The Bozo Super Sunday Show." That program ended its run in August of 2001.

The Bozo Show featured skits and local talent. The Grand Prize game now used the "Bozo Puter" to select a boy and a girl player from the audience based on a three-digit ticket. This replaced Ringmaster Ned's magic arrows, which were superimposed over a wildly panning and tilting camera shot that would stop when the band stopped performing on someone in the audience. These two players would pick a postcard from the drum of an "at home player" which won duplicate prizes in the game. The game consists of dropping a ping-pong ball into each numbered bucket up to bucket six. Originally, bucket six had a silver dollar added each day, but in later episodes it was replaced with a $50 bill and a bicycle. Players had their photo taken with an instant camera after bucket one. There was also a team game in most episodes, with a red team and a blue team picked from the audience winning prizes for some physical contest.

Cuddly Duddly was originally a character from The Chicago Tribune, and from his doghouse he read jokes and letters submitted from viewers. Each episode ends with The Grand March, where the audience sitting in the first several rows walk off the set past a camera that has the credits superimposed over it.

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