Growing up in California, Kelly was a very shy kid. Nobody who meets him today believes that, but he swears it's true! Then came the slow, progressive slide into the comedic arts. First came art. Kelly would spend Sunday mornings in church drawing whatever came to mind inside his sketchbooks. He chooses to think that it was divine guidance at work. God does work in mysterious ways, right? Then, Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus came into the picture. During his travels Kelly met some Ringling clowns, who saw the potential "clown" within him. Long story short... Kelly was offered the chance to literally "run away and join the circus", and he did! During his 3-ring career, Kelly eventually became Boss Clown for the Red Unit, training, managing and organizing all the clowns on the show. That's right... I said "organizing" clowns! You think herding cats is tough? Ha!