A circus hobo is also a clown, although clowns are classified into three categories.
The first, and highest up in the social hierarchy, is the White Face clown; the painted clown like Bozo.
Second is the Auguste clown, flesh tones are used to paint the face; this clown is usually the fall-guy clown who escapes at the last moment.
Last comes the Character clown, distinguished by a black painted-on beard.
Tramps and hobos fall in the last category.
Other Character clowns can include policemen, women, and sometimes babies, all with heavy five o’clock shadows.