Archive → July, 2010
For many people of a certain age, their introduction to the comedy legend of Stan Laurel & Oliver Hardy came through a series of cartoons. They were too young at the time to remember the films and performances of the duo. But the cartoons appeared during a day and age when every child rushed downstairs on Saturday morning, grabbed a bowl of cereal, and set up camp in front of the television for some amazing children’s television. One of the most widely-known animated representations of Laurel & Hardy was their appearance on The New Scooby-Doo Movies.
What many people don’t realize is that Larry Harmon, the man behind Bozo’s famous nose, also owned the rights to the Laurel & Hardy characters. Harmon’s work with these cartoons introduced the genius of Laurel & Hardy to a whole new generation of fans.
It is officially 1 month until the nationally release of The Man Behind the Nose. As the days count down, we’re dreaming up cool events, fun activities, and lots of other things that will remind you why you loved Bozo in the first place. Plus, a lot to introduce you to Larry Harmon, the actual man behind the big red nose. And under the wig. And in the shoes.
Earlier, we posted a news item about our Chicago book release event. Well, it’s worth pointing out that this isn’t your ordinary book signing with cheap wine, some stale cheese, and a few geezers in tweed jackets with patches on the sleeves. No sir, this is a full-fledged, outta this world night of entertainment. As a hint, there might, just maybe, be a few pies thrown about for fun. And our course, your old pal Bozo will be in attendance, signing books and getting into all kinds of shenanigans. Other events are scheduled throughout the country, so keep your eyes peeled for more updates as we come to your town!
One month to go till it’s the Bozo Show, all over the country!
Many generations of Bozo fans grew up with the WGN show. For decades, Chicago-area children and kids all over the country gathered around their television sets to watch the games, the fun, and the spectacle of The Bozo Show.
To celebrate our book launch, and to mark the 50th anniversary of Bozo on Chicago television, we’re happy to announce what will surely be the most ding-dong-dandy book event in the whole ding-dong-dandy world!
August 17, 2010
830 North Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
Be sure to come out and join the festivities. We’ll have more details about this event as the date gets closer, but definitely mark your calendars now!
So, yeah, you’re probably hankering to get your hands on this book. Exciting enough for the cool kids, nostalgic enough for adults, and fun enough for everyone, you’ll want to mark your calendar now for the release of this book.
The Man Behind the Nose is being released from the It Books/Igniter Books imprint of HarperCollins on August 17, 2010.
Of course, you don’t have to wait until then! You can pre-order the book at your favorite online purveyor of fine literature. Check out the links in the Buy the Book Now section over the right.
Well let me tell you, it’s the most rootin’ tootinest, ding-dong dandy show in the whole ding-dong dandy world! It’s full of amazing stories that you’ve never heard before
For example, did you hear the one about when Bozo the Clown ran for President and multiple assassination attempts were made on his life?
Then I guess you know nothing about the world’s most famous clown, or the man behind the empire. Sure, you know the giant shoes, the red bulbous nose, the big ruby smile, and the twin shocks of red yak-hair bursting from the sides of his head. And obviously you know the many clowns inspired by him, from Ronald McDonald to Krusty the Clown.
So perhaps it’s time you learned about Bozo, and the man behind the nose. Because the wild, inspirational stories in this book are all true. As real as the nose on your face.
In this unputdownable book, which Larry Harmon completed just before his death at age 83, are incredible stories of astronauts, cannibals, celebrities, assassins, and deep-sea divers — all encountered in full Bozo regalia, and with photos to prove it. Along the way, Harmon added to his comedy empire thousands of hours of cartoons and films, in addition to the rights to the legendary Laurel & Hardy characters.
Not only is Harmon’s life by turns incredible and hilarious, it’s also an inspirational testament to the power of one man’s positive attitude, dedication, and work ethic — and how he changed the world.
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Welcome to the official website for The Man Behind the Nose: Assassins, Astronauts, Cannibals, and Other Stupendous Tales by Larry Harmon with Thomas Scott McKenzie.
This website will bring you lots of fun and exciting information about your old pal Bozo and, more importantly, Larry Harmon the man who spread icon across the globe. Check back often for updates on fun-filled events, book excerpts, and enough coolness to make you feel like you won the grand prize game. Wowie kazowie!