Tuesday, November 2, 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.

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