Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Circle Gets the Square

By Mitchell

Speaking of humor as we were the other day, how many of you remember the old game show The Hollywood Squares? It was known for having some of the funniest, raunchiest dialogue on television at the time. It was ostensibly a giant game of tic-tac-toe, in which contestants claimed the square for X or O by asking a celebrity (who sat inside the square) a question. The celebrity would provide an answer, and the contestant would either agree or disagree with that answer. If you were right, you got the square. If you were wrong and the the celebrity was right, you lost the square to your opponent. And so on.

The Anchoress posted some of the show's famous one-liners the other day, and being the television cultural archaeologist that I am, I thought these were too funny to pass up. Peter Marshall asks the questions, and although some (many?) of the answers were scripted, the delivery by the celebrities was priceless. They were even funnier when you watched them, but they're pretty good just reading them. Check 'em out when you get a chance; I think this was my favorite:

Q. When you pat a dog on its head he will wag his tail. What will a goose do?
A. Paul Lynde: Make him bark?

Read more about The Hollywood Squares here.

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