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(CTV)   For Canadian Farkers over 35, Uncle Bobby has died   ( divider line
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2754 clicks; posted to Entertainment » and Main » on 23 May 2007 at 5:47 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook

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2007-05-23 2:23:40 PM  
**snaps out of flashback**... crap. That's too bad.
2007-05-23 2:29:40 PM  
2007-05-23 2:33:39 PM  
What about Bimbo the clown?
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Friendly, play `Amazing Grace' please.
2007-05-23 2:36:42 PM  
Farewell, my surrogate parent.
2007-05-23 2:54:06 PM  
Bimbo the Clown was scary when I was little. The creepy little rag would drop from the ceiling and bounce around with that strange distorted voice.

The whole Uncle Bobby show had that "creepy old guy who lives next door" feeling to it, now that I think about it. He didn't have the charm or the soft-spoken gentleness of Friendly Giant or Mr Dressup.
2007-05-23 2:57:04 PM  
Strange, I've never seen that show and I grew up with only CBC and CTV available OTA.

/over 40, under 45
2007-05-23 3:40:47 PM  
Yeaaahh this guy is creepier than Mr. McFeely's name. Now Mr. Dressup was the shiznit back in the day.

/Michigan FARker
//Mr. Dressup on CBC out of Windsor everyday before nappy time
2007-05-23 5:10:34 PM  
oldfarthenry: Friendly, play `Amazing Grace' please.

I pass by that scene in the CBC building every day... Mr. Dressup's tree too.

/Look up... look waaaaayyyyy up.
2007-05-23 5:34:05 PM  
But Red Green is okay... right?!?
2007-05-23 5:40:13 PM  
42 y.o. Canadian and I never heard of this assclown.
2007-05-23 6:38:00 PM  
Smitty here. You never heard of Uncle Bobby? Didn't your mom let you out of the closet once in awhile for fresh air and a quick drink. Dude (or dudette), I was born in Batavia N.Y. (but I live in Californication now), and even I saw Uncle Bobby every day while I was growing up.
Maybe it's harder getting good reception on a t.v. made of snow and ice. I dunno.
2007-05-23 6:39:35 PM  
Fnord, you're claiming Canooka, while your profile says Floridation. Are you confused, or are you a pretend Canadian because you're surrounded by all the winter geezers?
2007-05-23 6:42:02 PM  
Oh noes! not Uncle Bobby.

he creeped me out when i was 4 or 5.
2007-05-23 6:48:58 PM  
Aw, that's too bad. Uncle Bobby never creeped me out as a kid, he always seemed like a guy doing his job. Mr Dressup creeped me out. As a kid I always thought there was something not quite right with him.
2007-05-23 6:51:59 PM  
I just realized at some point I had shoveled a lifetime supply of snow and headed south for warmer climes.
2007-05-23 7:21:47 PM  
I remember Uncle Bobby. I can almost remember the Bimbo song. How about the Willy and Floyd Show? Or was that just on in Ottawa?
2007-05-23 7:44:42 PM  
so... was this related to the Toronto school shooting?

/also never heard of Uncle Bobby.
//JP Patches was my fix.
2007-05-23 7:50:03 PM  
What about Bimbo the clown?

Grew up to become the last Prime Minister
2007-05-23 8:06:51 PM  
I'm over 45 and have no clue as to who this guy is.
Now Beany & Cecil, Razzle Dazzle, Oopsy (sp) the Clown, I think he was on the Tiny Talent Time or Big Al's Talent Showcase (The mind is not as it used to be); or Sir Graves Ghastly, well that is another storey. Saturday afternoon cheesy horror flicks were great.
2007-05-23 8:29:14 PM  
Wow. I was thinking Circle Square, Mr. Dressup, Tiny Talent Time, Flintstones, Batman (Adam West), Mr. Hooper on Sesame Street, as well as Uncle Bobby and The Friendly Giant.

//Living on the border, it'll do it to you.
2007-05-23 8:30:36 PM  
So... he is alive for the younger ones ?
2007-05-23 9:35:00 PM  
Bimbo, Bimbo
Have-a-happy-birthday clown
Bimbo, Bimbo
Have-a-happy-birthday clown
Bimbo, Bimbo
And I would Like to sayyyy
To you and you, have a happy birthday

Happy birthday, boys and girls.

Totally from a beer-damaged memory, so I invite any other Toronto farkers to correct the lyrics.

And to all you haters asking 'Who?" or any other clever rejoinders to this end of a part of my childhood, go fark yourselves.
2007-05-23 9:56:36 PM  
Weird. I remember an Uncle Bob on Winnipeg TV, not Uncle Bobby, and it doesn't look like the same guy. Perhaps the network made a copy for the 'toba market?
2007-05-23 10:01:29 PM  
Halukard wins
2007-05-23 10:57:26 PM  
OlafTheBent: oldfarthenry: Friendly, play `Amazing Grace' please.

I pass by that scene in the CBC building every day... Mr. Dressup's tree too.

/Look up... look waaaaayyyyy up.

And here's a rocking chair for someone to curl up in. Da... da da da da da, dada da da da dum de da. Every time I see a recorder (the woodwind instrument you played in grade school) I think of Friendly, Rusty, Jerome and that little closing scene by the fireplace. Must be too old for Uncle Bobby though. Kudos to anyone who entertained children for a living. My Uncle Fred had a kids magic show in England for years.

/Also had the hots for the Romper Room chick
//but hated Sharkey and his knuckle full of nickles
2007-05-23 11:09:22 PM  
Uncle Bobby? Who the fark is that? I live in western Canada and have had the pleasure of never seeing this pervert on my TV in all my years.
2007-05-23 11:13:34 PM  

My dad was in a garage band (Sum Of Us) in the 60's, and his big claim to fame was opening for Willy and Floyd at Winterlude.
2007-05-24 12:00:44 AM  

JP Patches was my fix.

and Linus the Lionhearted!

/oldskool Seattle represent
2007-05-24 12:07:57 AM  
Everyday at noon on CFTO. I was totally creeped out by that nine foot plywood monster Bimbo the Birthday Clown.

Some pics and info here. (pops)
2007-05-24 7:56:46 AM  
I totally remember the Uncle Bobby Show! That guy never creeped me out as a kid (although I was a little creeped out by Bimbo the birthday clown). I'm amazed that he was only 82, he seemed so much older when I was a little kid.

RIP Uncle Bobby.
2007-05-24 10:04:54 AM  
I totally remember the uncle Bobby show. He would blow a whistle and the clown puppets would swing down from the ceiling.
2007-05-24 12:11:50 PM  
I watched that show after I arrived here from Ireland (Belfast).

Yes, I remember the clown and his freaky singing voice.

I vaguely remember thinking UB was drunk a lot, kind of like my real UB.

/to be Irish is to know ones drunk uncle bobby
2007-05-24 3:07:26 PM  
2007-05-24 6:57:42 PM  
As a Western Canadian Farker from birth, I can assure you that Uncle Bobby absolutely, totally did indeed appear out this way. Or at least in Edmonton and Calgary he did.

We always found him pretty skeevy too, even as kids. We used to watch it because he used to semi-regularly have this guy who would do really cool animal drawings with coloured chalk.

The freakin' clown freaked us out though. Perhaps that's why I (rightly) fear clowns to this day.

I know my Dad kinda questioned Uncle Bobby's skeeviness too, and wasn't sure if it was really appropriate viewing. And this is the guy who took me to see the Exorcist when I was like four.
2007-05-25 2:36:52 AM  
Why assume all Canadian Farkers watched the CBC as kids in the 70's?

/Ron Barge. Two words, nuff said.
//Calgary Farkers know...
2007-05-25 12:18:10 PM  
"Bimbo the Clown was scary when I was little. The creepy little rag would drop from the ceiling and bounce around with that strange distorted voice."

They scared the crap out of me too!!! Hated those damn evil clowns. My mom made me watch it and I always closed my eyes or hid when those damn clowns came down from the ceiling. TOOO CREEEEPYYY!!!
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