|JOEY D'AURIA AS BOZO|
||Joey D'Auria, who played
Bozo for seventeen years, had once been a "Gong Show"
contestant and also appeared on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny
Carson" as "Dr. Flameo." doing a hilarious act as a man
who plays "musical" candles. In 1984 he was asked to audition
for the role of Bozo. After two auditions, he found he had to audition
in front of a studio audience, something he wasn't prepared to do. But
like a true pro, he went out and stole the show (he also knew that if he
bombed, he was in clown makeup and would never be recognized!) D'Auria
also blended well with Roy Brown, who knew right away that D'Auria would
be a hit when after telling him he had broken his arm in three places,
D'Auria responded with "Then don't go in those three places!"
D'Auria played Bozo until the show's cancellation in 2001.