Tuesday, November 02, 2010

The Match Game School Riot of 1977

Via a blog that linked to me, I found one of the best things I’ve seen in a while: a clip from the Gene Rayburn-era Match Game in which both the audience and the celebrity panelists revolt against the off-camera judge. It’s kind of awesome.

Basically, the judge decides that school and scuba school are close enough to count for a point, but school and finishing school aren’t. The audience boos, the celebs start acting up, the audience gets louder, and there’s this back-and-forth with the judge that you don’t ever see on, for example, Jeopardy!. Eventually, they cut to commercial. We don’t see what happens after, but I assume the audience went mad and literally tore their seats from the floor in an attempt to find something to attack the judge with.

My original Match Game post, by the way, makes use of the term “mouth whoopie.” Just saying.


  1. I'm shocked that I never saw this in a compilation of "best game show moments" before. It's definitely one of the funniest ones I've seen!

  2. I loved the Match Game. All the celebs seemed like they were on something and nobody beats Gene as a game show host. The man was a legend. No way would a show like this work today. No celeb would ever be that free wheeling with their image. I especially like the girls who made no apologies for being stupid like Richard Dawson made no apologies for be a hound dog.

  3. Agreed on both counts.