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But where has the King of the jokers, the qualified clown, ended up in 2016 after a lifetime of profitable clowning around? Steve-O was born in London, England on June 13 1974 as Stephen Gilchrist Glover.
His Mother Donna was Canadian and his father, Richard, was a high-flying executive for the Pepsi-Cola corporation.
Steve-O then decided to get the sort of education that he was really interested in, and enrolled in the Ringling Brothers Clown College in 1997.
This time he had plenty of enthusiasm for his studies, and graduated from there as a fully qualified clown in 1998.
He was given a thirty day sentence as a result, but due to California’s prison overcrowding crisis ended up serving just nine hours, and he milked the occasion as much as possible to gain even more coverage of his objections to Sea World, telling the media at the time ‘If your goal is to make a statement about captivity, you may as well get locked up’.
Steve-O is an attention seeker, by his own admission.
The show involved the pair travelling to exotic locations and was similar to Jackass, in that the pair were frequently put into situations for which they were not adequately trained or prepared, but Wildboyz also had an environmental twist, often educating the viewers about the local wildlife and culture.
Senator Joe Lieberman from Connecticut became one of the shows loudest and most influential critics.With shockingly painful stunts such as that, Steve-O soon got noticed by the editor of the skateboarding magazine ‘Big Brother’, Jeff Tremaine, who was at that time looking for a group of people for a stunt based show.He had recruited an actor and stuntman called Philip Clapp Jr, known these days as Johnny Knoxville, to perform a variety of stunts for the show, such as being tazered by various self-defense gadgets, and he wanted a crew to work alongside Clapp for a new show on MTV. It was almost instantly a big hit amongst MTV’s young viewing base, and the anarchic Jackass crew eventually stayed at MTV for three seasons, but they were controversial times for the show, and the network.Critics panned the show, insisting that producers who created content for young audiences had the responsibility of making sure that the content was suitable for impressionable minds.A thirteen year old from Connecticut decided to copy a stunt where Johnny Knoxville had worn a flame retardant suit and cooked steaks attached to it by laying over a grill.