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"The world's DUMBEST advertising agency,they just hird Nipsy Russell to do a commercial for BLANK"

http://www.angelfire.com/planet/matchgame7382pm/match_game_photos/thumbnails/600x450/nipseyrussell79_1_.JPG

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:00 (nine years ago) link

This morning I got a ride into work from some friends and we wound up trying to remember the name of the 70s game show that some other friends of ours used to get stoned and watch where everyone was basically always drunk and ridiculous all the time. Then, not 10 minutes after I got to work, someone posted about Match Game on FB and now you start this thread. I know he just died and all but it's still weird. Anyway, it ruled and so does your thread.

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:01 (nine years ago) link

Check Betty out!

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:01 (nine years ago) link

omg

wolf kabob (ENBB), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:03 (nine years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/CXofT.jpg angelfired from above

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:09 (nine years ago) link

2nd-best game show ever (Gong Show wins by a coke-filled nose)

Trey Imaginary Songz (WmC), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:12 (nine years ago) link

amazingly, my parents let me watch this when I was 11 or 12. Or maybe it was Grandma, who didn't get half the allusions?

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 00:25 (nine years ago) link

R.I.P. Charles Nelson Reilly (1931-2007)

i only saw this when i was 'sick' as a child, but it was awesome -- gene rayburn's foot-long mike, cnr being fey, barely shaded references to things i didn't understand. dawson was always the best, tho -- i'm amazed that he was only 79 because he always seemed like the exhausted voice of epic experience

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 02:19 (nine years ago) link

This show seems ground zero for '70s appreciation for the people who weren't there at the time. I love it.

Björk lied (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 04:36 (nine years ago) link

How I appreciate decades I wasn't alive for:

40s: vague appreciation for the good guys winning WWII
50s: "Tutti Frutti"
60s: Mad About the 60s collection
70s: Match Game
80s: Bloom County

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 04:44 (nine years ago) link

fly in my suop
http://i.imgur.com/y3CUu.png

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:03 (nine years ago) link

Pat Morita
http://i.imgur.com/eq2pe.png

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:04 (nine years ago) link

silby will you play your fabulous part in the 2012 presidential election or not

mookieproof, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:05 (nine years ago) link

Bill Murray is kind of a straight Charles Nelson Reilly.

http://askabartender.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/match-game-41.jpg?w=450

Odd Spice (Eazy), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:12 (nine years ago) link

next few screencaps courtesy my sister
http://i.imgur.com/w3GJd.png

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:13 (nine years ago) link

this suit
http://i.imgur.com/82eZO.png

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:17 (nine years ago) link

silby will you play your fabulous part in the 2012 presidential election or not

― mookieproof, Wednesday, June 6, 2012 1:05 AM (11 minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

do you mean voting or running or screencapping

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:17 (nine years ago) link

Those triangles and circles were so enticing when I was 5 years old.

Odd Spice (Eazy), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:20 (nine years ago) link

ppl who have figured out how to live
http://i.imgur.com/Njz75.png

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 05:43 (nine years ago) link

http://www.whitewolfzone.com/images/joann/joannpflug5.jpg

The ever-alluring Jo Ann Pflug

Josefa, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 12:50 (nine years ago) link

http://img1.bdbphotos.com/images/orig/8/i/8ife4s5aixbmxims.jpg

Joyce Bulifant as Cleopatra

Josefa, Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:02 (nine years ago) link

brett somers

http://www.tvparty.com/bgifs17/brettsomersA.jpg

that's why ZOG controls the radio (brownie), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 13:43 (nine years ago) link

p sure that's Vegas comic Jack Carter up there

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 14:15 (nine years ago) link

and holy crow, he's still alive and working.

He can currently be seen in the Showtime series Shameless as Stan, the old racist bar owner.

World Congress of Itch (Dr Morbius), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 14:18 (nine years ago) link

Who's the white guy with the 'fro? Peter Bonerz?

Race Against Rockism (Myonga Vön Bontee), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 15:52 (nine years ago) link

A contestant.

"Holy crap," I mutter, as he gently taps my area (silby), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 17:05 (nine years ago) link

LOL the shade CNR shot Brett every time she made a none-too-veiled reference to his sexuality

Björk lied (Eric H.), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 17:06 (nine years ago) link

I would watch this on GSN but 7:30 a.m. seems a little early to fire up the tv. I get a twinge of guilt just turning it on at 2:00 for Jeopardy.

Trey Imaginary Songz (WmC), Wednesday, 6 June 2012 17:18 (nine years ago) link

Ha, was also wondering about dude with the hair, my best guess was Marty Allen.

In 6-10 years, Peyton will be doing all this shit.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Wednesday, 31 August 2016 21:09 (four years ago) link

Man, this '73 run w/Morey Amsterdam, Carolyn Jones, Convoy, Somers, Dawson & White must have been the first one they passed the vodka around for. Answers are getting bawdy and Brett in particular seems functionally shitfaced at all times.

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 2 September 2016 07:37 (four years ago) link

If anyone hasn't seen it, the "Behind the Blank" documentary is worth watching. It's on youtube, with discussion of "dinner" around 26 minutes in.

Einstein, Kazanga, Sitar (abanana), Friday, 2 September 2016 19:08 (four years ago) link

I am glad we're back in the era of the casual game show rather than the "WILL YOU RISK IT ALL FOR A SHOT AT 100 GRAND!??" game show.

frogbs, Friday, 2 September 2016 19:15 (four years ago) link

So part of the appeal of this show is that it's kind of a clusterfuck, right?

Dominique, Saturday, 3 September 2016 04:43 (four years ago) link

By design.

Ⓓⓡ. (Johnny Fever), Saturday, 3 September 2016 05:02 (four years ago) link

idk if anyone noticed but there was a cup on top of the M in MATCH GAME when S1E1 started that was gone after the first commercial break???

http://i.imgur.com/mpV1LaC.png

laraaji p. henson (Stevie D(eux)), Sunday, 4 September 2016 14:47 (four years ago) link

The Illuminati are so incompetent these days they're leaving _______ in plain sight.

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Sunday, 4 September 2016 15:07 (four years ago) link

Beyonce's lemonade

Neanderthal, Sunday, 4 September 2016 15:11 (four years ago) link

Man, this '73 run w/Morey Amsterdam, Carolyn Jones, Convoy, Somers, Dawson & White must have been the first one they passed the vodka around for. Answers are getting bawdy and Brett in particular seems functionally shitfaced at all times.

Buzzr is showing these again this afternoon. The reoccurring champ in this set, a dimpley PoliSci major from USC named Sue who constantly makes googoo eyes at Bert Convy, is quite crushworthy.

a full playlist of presidential sex jams (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 4 September 2016 18:47 (four years ago) link

Forgot about the wacka-wacka guitar and funky bass line on the soundtrack.

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Sunday, 4 September 2016 19:08 (four years ago) link

x-post Sue Yannick. At >$13,000 the show's biggest winner to that point. She looks uncannily contemporary, like a young millennial. She finally got defeated on a ridiculously impossible 2nd round question, "Howard looked in the mirror and said, ____ ."

I guess they hadn't yet instituted the convention that 2nd round questions are easier than 1st round ones

Josefa, Monday, 5 September 2016 02:40 (four years ago) link

Wow. I don't have Buzzr so I can only watch the first episode she won, which is on Youtube. Found some reference in imdb to a broken link on a Bert Convy website entitled "Burt Convy: Match Game 73 and the legacy of contestant Sue Yannick." Wonder if it is worth going in the wayback machine to see what was there.

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 September 2016 13:40 (four years ago) link

Oh, here is the first one, but seems like there are more from that run
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoSB2khC4ww&list=PLCnvmZ8KpyOplEIPa8em1s_9RINxR7GMh

Still in awe of Josefa's impressive knowledge of this- is it just from watching or is some other fund of knowledge involved?

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 September 2016 14:23 (four years ago) link

Hm. Try again:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GoSB2khC4ww

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 September 2016 14:24 (four years ago) link

I watched a lot of these shows in the original run during my latchkey kid years. They were on just after school at 3:30. I often took in Tattletales at 4:00 as well. When they moved Match Game back to 11am (1977?) that broke me of the habit (post-'77 shows and panelists seem much less "familiar" to me, although I've caught up with that era in reruns). I still think the classic period ends when they bring in the celebrity wheel, remodel the set, and Dickie Dawson leaves - pretty much all in the summer of '78. That screws up the chemistry and they never found the right person to occupy the Dawson seat.. McLean Stevenson: no. Gary Burghoff: definitely not, and so on.

You can pick up some trivia from matchgame.org or the Match Game entry at tv.com

Josefa, Monday, 5 September 2016 15:10 (four years ago) link

matchgame.org

Is this still alive? Looks like it is in limbo?

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 September 2016 15:35 (four years ago) link

Try this:

http://web.archive.org/web/20051105093646/http://www.matchgame.org/

Josefa, Monday, 5 September 2016 15:49 (four years ago) link

Guess I can try wayback machine again.

Also, no latchkey here, but definitely came home from school looking forward to that 3:30 Match Game '73, '74 etc.
(xp)

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 September 2016 15:50 (four years ago) link

Thanks!

The Match Game Hollywood Squares Hour (1983-1984)

Sorry, but to me this was an abomination, especially since as a die-hard Match Game fan I looked down my nose a little on the Hollywood Squares.

Under the Zing of Stan (James Redd and the Blecchs), Monday, 5 September 2016 15:53 (four years ago) link

three months pass...

Alec Baldwin is viciously owning the doofus contestants on this. Returning in the new year with more episodes apparently.

slathered in cream and covered with stickers (silby), Monday, 26 December 2016 04:30 (four years ago) link

I watched some of the new ones, and must say the show loses something when the host/panel/contestants aren't drunk/stoned/blasted to the gills.

"I must believe that my charm was not in my ass." (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 26 December 2016 06:21 (four years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/T3VKnTH.jpg

Wes Brodicus, Monday, 26 December 2016 11:17 (four years ago) link

http://i.imgur.com/KtGmEo9.jpg

Wes Brodicus, Monday, 26 December 2016 11:21 (four years ago) link

seven months pass...

She was the best. My dream Match Game panel always starts with Patti.

Josefa, Saturday, 29 July 2017 14:58 (four years ago) link

I saw your obituary post and looked up some images on Google--just can't remember her for some reason. A local station here plays old Match Game episodes. Whenever I stop for a couple of minutes I remember everybody, but not her.

clemenza, Saturday, 29 July 2017 15:07 (four years ago) link

Buzzr actually just was running a set of '75s she was on while pregnant. There's also an ep from '78 they show from time to time that features Rayburn making his entrance w/two small children--Gary Burghoff's daughter and the son Patti was pregnant with in those earlier episodes!

I was inspired to look up some Match Game stuff on wiki last night, and discovered that Joyce Bulifant (still alive, btw) is the biological grandmother of Jenny McCarthy's 'Autistic' son.

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:47 (four years ago) link

Accidentally posted this elsewhere...that '78 episode w/the kids

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EyWi3K-Olmk

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, 29 July 2017 18:59 (four years ago) link

I was inspired to look up some Match Game stuff on wiki last night, and discovered that Joyce Bulifant (still alive, btw) is the biological grandmother of Jenny McCarthy's 'Autistic' son.

― to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Saturday, July 29, 2017 2:47 PM (seven hours ago)

Edward Mallory was the grandfather. Joyce Bulifant & her then-husband Edward Mallory appeared as one of the celebrity couples on Tattletales in 1974; they were divorced the same year, which is probably a speed record.

Joyce Bulifant has an interesting marital history: in the 1960s she was married to James MacArthur ("Dan-O" on Hawaii Five-O); later she was married to Elizabeth "Bewitched" Montgomery's ex-husband. Later still she was married to Jo Anne Worley's ex-husband. Worley and her husband also appeared on Tattletales the same year Joyce Bulifant was on with her then-husband.

Josefa, Sunday, 30 July 2017 02:30 (four years ago) link

Ha, I was just looking up Joyce Bulifant today. Helen Hayes AND Jenny McCarthy as in-laws, that's bonkers.

tokyo rosemary, Sunday, 30 July 2017 04:08 (four years ago) link

four weeks pass...

Just stopped on an episode with Denise DuBarry, who I have no recollection of whatsoever, here or anywhere else. Exceptionally beautiful, but so painful to watch--Rayburn starts off by saying it's a tradition on the show that new panelists get a kiss, she's sort of "Uh...okay," and he goes ahead and plants a real kiss on her. Then he tries to cover his tracks by kissing Dawson, another panelist, and a contestant.

Hanging my head in shame for my favourite decade.

clemenza, Tuesday, 29 August 2017 05:19 (three years ago) link

Buzzr's doing a rarities week starting tonight. RN they are running an ep of Choose Up Sides, a 50s game show for kids hosted by Rayburn and his cohost Mr. Mischief...

http://www.game-show-utopia.net/gene/cusmrmischief.jpg

to fly across the city and find Aerosmith's car (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 12 September 2017 01:12 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Interesting to see how the seating conforms to Josefa's taxonomy:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uskfXFKvdJk

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:02 (nine months ago) link

The cast here is, in seated order: Bobby Van, Elaine Joyce, Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers, Richard Dawson, and Nanette Fabray. Notice how Elaine Joyce is sitting in Brett Somer's canonical set and Nanette Fabray is sitting where Elaine might otherwise sit.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:06 (nine months ago) link

Based on: Rolling Obituary Thread: 2020

upper left = comedian
bottom left = eye candy (people like Lee Meriweather)
bottom right = funny lady or kook

btw two misspellings in that screen shot - should be Nipsey and Fannie

― Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 17:15 (fifty minutes ago) link

and I misspelled Meriwether

― Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 17:18 (forty-eight minutes ago) link

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:07 (nine months ago) link

Convenience link to: PO9: ILX HOLLYWOOD SQUARES!!!

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:08 (nine months ago) link

They hadn't quite set the canonical seating in most of the Match Game '73s. Only Dawson was present at the beginning, with Somers and CNR joining as they went along, but they didn't become regulars till late in the season, or maybe in '74.

"...And the Gods Socially Distanced" (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:15 (nine months ago) link

x-posts That's an early episode from before the seating arrangement got solidified, with Elaine Joyce obv taking Brett Somers' rightful seat there.

To elaborate on my seating taxonomy -

top left: comedian or impressionist, hunky actor, not-very-bright actor, any actor from a new TV show, athlete, sometimes a "hip" dude
top middle: Brett Somers
top right: Charles Nelson Reilly
bottom left: eye candy, ingenue, not-very-bright actress, glamorous older star
bottom middle: Dickie Dawson, later frequently Bill Daily or Bart Braverman, later still McLean Stevenson
bottom right: funny lady, kook, oddball... having red hair a plus

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:26 (nine months ago) link

Elaine Joyce being a looker was a natural for the bottom left, but since she was also a bit of a kook she could take the bottom right when needed

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:30 (nine months ago) link

Scoey Mitchell is an example of a "hip" dude who would properly be in the top left seat

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 18:33 (nine months ago) link

Neither I nor my mom--who was alive when it aired--had any knowledge of the original, serious version of Match Game til we watched Behind the Blank. It seems like a gag, a la "Homonym" in 30 Rock. Even the first dozen or so episodes of the rebooted version had very generic, overly broad unfun questions. "Mary was hungry and went to the store and bought blank" or whatever.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 19:57 (nine months ago) link

Yeah those early episodes are odd to see... I said this upthread but oftentimes early on the questions would be of a leading type as if they were trying to entice the stars to say something risqué, but at first none of the stars would bite since they weren't sure what was allowed on daytime TV. Then one day Bert Convy says "boobs" and the floodgates are opened.

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:26 (nine months ago) link

Yeah and later on it was the reverse wasn't it? The setup sounded dirty with the "blank" in it but the "correct" answer was tame. "Daffy Dory was astounded by the size of the plumber's blank" but the logical answer would be wrench.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:41 (nine months ago) link

right, and the best was when on occasion you would get a naive contestant who would "go there" and say something definitively out-of-bounds. I think eventually the contestants were pre-coached on what words to use for what, but being on the spot during the actual taping they would sometimes forget these guidelines

Josefa, Tuesday, 13 October 2020 20:52 (nine months ago) link

That elaborated seating taxonomy may be the greatest thing ever, Josefa. Wondering if a similar thing could be done for other game shows, although I'm not sure I would care nearly as much.

Garu’s Got a Rona (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 13 October 2020 21:51 (nine months ago) link

nine months pass...

I’d love to see a toxicology report on an average episode of Match Game 74. Mötley Crüe couldn’t handle the volume of drugs and alcohol in those bodies. pic.twitter.com/VIyYGEQUUq

— Super 70s Sports (@Super70sSports) July 20, 2021

“Heroin” (ft. Bobby Gillespie) (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 01:58 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nJHICKg2Mkg

wasdnuos (abanana), Tuesday, 20 July 2021 02:32 (one week ago) link


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