Pat T Hat
I remember a show he did called Can You Top This around 1970, it may have been his first.
The audience sent in jokes and comics would try to top it by getting a higher response on the studio laugh-o-meter.
Nipsy Russel was on frequently as was Richard Dawson, way before Family Feud, I think won more matches than anyone.
Ray Combs, who took over "The Feud" was working on a new family game show for a cable channel when he was in a badly injured in a car wreck and then sadly commited suicide.
I liked Allen Ludden (Luddin?) from the old Password.
OK, I’ll give Winston Martindale his due, even though I never got to watch
"How’s Your Mother-In-Law?" [:I]
And add Art James ("Who, What, or Where Game") &
Jack Barry ("The Joker’s Wild") to my previous list….
Come on you guys…how about Wink Martindale???
Cheesy name?…master of inane conversation?…plastic smile?…perfect hair? He is everything one wants in a game show host.
Groucho Marx and Peter Marshall of the original Hollywood Squares.
My favourite is Groucho Marx, but everyone named has usually been very entertaining.
I would just add…Johnny Carson, who hosted "Who Do You Trust?"
I have only seen clips of that show, but I loved Johnny Carson.
Howard Stern, when he would host Homeless Hollywood Squares
I liked Tom Kennedy. I believe fellow game show host Jack Narz was his brother. And I remember Hugh Downs on Concentration and loved Art Fleming on the original Jeopardy.
But also, one of the all time greats:
John Daly, host of "What’s My Line?"
These are in no partucular order.
Allen Ludden. I have always considered him to be great hosting intelligent shows. If he were still with us, he would do a great job hosting another revival of either College Bowl or Password.
Bill Cullen. He could take a real turkey of a show and make it watchable. Bill Cullen could host any show presented to him.
Tom Kennedy. Even though many of the shows he hosted have been wiped, he is one of the best. He should still be hosting. He did a great job hosting Price. Like Cullen, Tom could take a turkey and make it good.
Bob Barker. 35 years is nothing to sneeze at.
Davydd, I couldn’t agree with you more. It seems so many of the reality shows and more recently, some of the game shows are more about humiliation and degradation than anything else. And people will gladly sell their dignity and self-esteem for five minutes on tv and a little cash. I don’t get it!
Thank goodness I still have Jeopardy to watch!
Buffetbuster, I believe you are right. See, I don’t pay much attention to game shows and I am starting to get very tired of reality shows.
OK! [:D] Now you’re talking about one of my favorite subjects:
Art Fleming/Alex Trebek – "Jeopardy!"
Hugh Downs – "Concentration"
Tom Kennedy – "Split Second"
Jim Perry – "Sale of the Century"
Bill Cullen – "Eye Guess" & "Pass the Buck"
Dick Clark – "Pyramid" & "Winning Lines" (fear the Wonderwall!)
As for "Deal or No Deal" – too many gimmicks to distract from the actual
gameplay, such as asking one of the contestant’s kids to go onstage and
do his version of the moonwalk
Bob Eubanks was great. He could make those newlyweds say some crazy stuff just by looking at them with that confused look.
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