While Los Angeles is best known as a celebrity factory that can make just about anyone a household name all over the world almost overnite, the city has also had it’s share of “local legends” individuals whose fame never seemed to reach beyond county limits.
These individuals range from Hobo Kelly, an enormously popular children’s TV show host on KTTV in the late 60s, to El Circo Loco a street performer known to residents and passersby in Silver Lake. A large number of our local legends are “self made” celebrities, such as Angelyne and Dennis Woodruff, and like any other city or town, we have characters from the business world who’ve become legends from regional commercials, such as our competing mattress kings, “Neil with the Deal” from Leeds, or Larry from Sit’n’Sleep (along with Irvin, who he’s always “killin'”).
Some of these are real people who seem a little surreal, others are alter egos complete with costumes and make up, but all somehow seem larger than life or stranger than fiction. Keeping the definition intentionally vague I ask, who’s your favorite local legend?
…photo of KABC TV’s Chucko the Clown from the LA TV Legends, a website of listings and bios of a number of the local celebrities, including a number of creepy clowns that entertained the kids (along with the aforementioned Hobo Kelly), as well as the ironically not as scary “horror hosts” such as Elvira and Vampira who’s personas began as staples on Southern California airwaves…