TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes
Oh, there’s just something delightfully wonderful about watching celebrities mess up or, better yet, get pranked. So when you have a show that showcases both of those things equally, well… you got pure TV gold.
In January 1984, Dick Clark and Ed McMahon unveiled their latest project–– a spin-off/re-tooling of TV’s Censored Bloopers and Television’s Greatest Commercials.
The premise was simple enough; it was a clip show that featured bloopers from TV stars (game show hosts and soap opera stars seemed to be the worst offenders) and then each episode would also feature two segments with celebrities as the unwitting target of a (rather tame) practical joke. Think Candid Camera with stars.
TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes never really caught on with NBC viewers. It spent its entire run outside the top 30, losing miserably in its Monday 8 p.m. time slot, and after just two years it was yanked. The show did survive in different iterations and in syndication all the way until 2007, though.
Of course, its… er, “greatest” legacy is Punk’d, one of the best-of-its-kind shows out there. Sure it came with Ashton Kutcher, but there’s no denying that Punk’d was just about as funny as they come. And it owes a hefty bit of its success to Messrs. Clark and McMahon.
We ♥ TV’s Bloopers and Practical Jokes.