Clem, the rodeo clown wears a bold painted smile, a bright plaid shirt and bib overalls with cuffs too short for his legs.
Between the rides and roping - Clem banters with the emcee, wheeling off groaners and scrambling in and out of his barrel- playing the air-headed bumpkin.
But Clem is nobody's fool; when that gate opens, his real work begins.
Bull and rider explode from the chute and the game is on. The cowboy weaves and writhes to stay on top for that eight golden seconds that will earn him his pay against a half ton of feral energy stomping and lurching to fling him to the earth.
With eyes as keen as a hungry hawk, Clem tracks every buck and lurch for any peril sign - and then it happens: the rider is hurled airborne, landing inches from the driving hooves.
Clem seizes the cowboy with a linebacker's grip and swings him safely over the fence as wranglers speed the bull from the ring.
The show goes on and Clem has plenty more jokes for the crowd who knows he's never a barrel of laughs when a rider's life is on the line.