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J. B. Warner

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Nov 20, 2003
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#81
It was mainly people who were seemingly picked at random to do "comedy" routines, and comedy sketches sent in by home viewers. I kind of liked it as a kid, but i havent seen it since 1994, so i dont know if it holds up at all. It should also be known that Arleen Sorkin was later replaced with Tawny Kiaten.
Evidently, "America's Funnest Home Videos" producer Vin Di Bona created "America's Funniest People" too, and in the late '90s he put out a show on the Fox Family Channel called "Show Me The Funny", which included footage from both shows. And in 2006 or so, AFV did a special two-hour episode called "No Business In Show Business" that seemed to feature a lot of leftover Funniest People material - lots of clips of average joes telling stand-up comedy and the like, interspersed with classic AFV clips of school plays gone wrong and that sort of thing.
 
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#84
Evidently, "America's Funnest Home Videos" producer Vin Di Bona created "America's Funniest People" too, and in the late '90s he put out a show on the Fox Family Channel called "Show Me The Funny", which included footage from both shows. And in 2006 or so, AFV did a special two-hour episode called "No Business In Show Business" that seemed to feature a lot of leftover Funniest People material - lots of clips of average joes telling stand-up comedy and the like, interspersed with classic AFV clips of school plays gone wrong and that sort of thing.
He certainly has a good 20 years of crap to dispense at his disposal these days!


The only thing I liked about "America's Funniest People" was the jackalope skits...
Other than that, it was just every idiot trying to be the next Jerry Seinfeld or Gallagher..
Certainly wasn't a show I was into either, though I do recall back in the day going to one of those taping events that occurred in a mall that no longer exists in town but couldn't muster up a good joke to tell the guys on camera.
 
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#88
Actually, "Free Spirit" was cancelled after four months, not four weeks. And the last episode (to air) was after an "America's Funniest Home Videos" episode.

Since AFHV was brought up, I wonder why you didn't mention ABC's failed attempt to compete with "The Simpsons" at the time.

http://groups.google.com/group/alt.tv.simpsons/msg/40511f53b5e45aec

Comment from 1990 said:
It seems that ABC puts its highest rated show: "America's Funniest Home Videos" on at 8pm until 8:30. From the numbers I've heard, 80% of ABC's audience at 8:30 promptly flips to Fox to watch the Simpsons. ABC has been trying desperately to find a show for 8:30 that will keep people there. It's actually quite amusing at times. In particular, if you flipped over late last week (like I did), you'd notice that the ABC show at 8:30 began with some random person talking into the phone, going "WHAT? The Simpsons aren`t on tonight???" :)
 

MadMan400096

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Nov 20, 2010
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#89
Nice little article. Oprah's only gotten richer, hasn't she? And to think, she was already filthy freakin' rich back in 1989.

Just one thing bothers me, though. What in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks was the first page of the two-part ad about (sorry if it's supposed to be obvious and I didn't get it, I wasn't even born yet when that appeared:sweat:).
 

Peter Paltridge

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#90
Nice little article. Oprah's only gotten richer, hasn't she? And to think, she was already filthy freakin' rich back in 1989.

Just one thing bothers me, though. What in the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks was the first page of the two-part ad about (sorry if it's supposed to be obvious and I didn't get it, I wasn't even born yet when that appeared:sweat:).
It was a show called "Alien Nation" about the America of the future (1995) that was now co-inhabited by several alien species.
 

Dantheman

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About that "Roseanne wins the lottery" bit: I remember reading in the National Enquirer at the time that was a story idea they were going to go with for the second season of Rosanne, but I guess the creators thought "No, we're not going to do that", and it was addressed in TV Guide to disspell those rumors.

Too bad they weren't smart enough to not go with it during the last season......
 

Dsneybuf

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If you care to learn more about that Miss Piggy show, the Muppet Wiki has an article about it. I saw a clip a few years ago, in which Miss Piggy hosted an aerobics class that tried to make gorging on junk food sound like a workout, and found it amusing.