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 It Pays to Be Ignorant

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It Pays to Be Ignorant
Quiz Show Spoof (1942 - 51)

IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT - tonight at 8 pm 30 minutes of hilarious fun IT PAYS TO BE IGNORANT the only quiz program with a a completely dumb board of experts presented by Philip MorrisDuring the height of radio, quiz shows were the staple of the radio community. From Quiz Kids to Information, Please, radio was saturated with 30-minute shows that pinned contestants versus contestants in a battle for intellectual supremacy. So, when It Pays to be Ignorant came along, it provided a breath of fresh air for the radio society; but the show was unlike any other quiz show transmitted through the airway.

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As much a comedy show as a quiz show, It Pays to Be Ignorant was the buffoon's version of a quiz show. The three quizinheimers were George Shelton, Lulu McConnell and Harry McNaughton. The quizmaster was Tom Howard. As Dunning summaries in his "On the Air, The Encyclopedia of Old Time Radio," The three nitwits who made up the "board of experts" spent most of the time trying to figure out what the questions were, between rambling monologues, irrelevancies, and rude interruptions. The questions were as moronic as the panel." Although Dunning is not amused, the show was very popular for nearly a decade, and kept the nation laughing along with the live broadcast audience.

 Harry McNaughton
Harry McNaughton
For a half-hour each week the show careened along its way, haphazardly maintaining the semblance of quiz while really offering a vaudeville celebration of the best ways to get off a joke or zinger before the next guy.

There was a young writer named Ruth, who was the daughter of a vaudevillian, Tom Howard. When her radio program director boyfriend Bob Howell came up with the goofy idea of a radio panel show like "Information, Please," but with experts dumber than the contestants, Ruth ran with it, thinking that her dear old Dad, might get a part if Bob ever actually got to do the show. The show was picked up by Mutual. The "expert panel" parts finally did go to three drawn from the ranks of vaudeville. Lulu's McConnell's character was abrasive in demeanor and raucous in tone. Tom Howard's gravel voice was equally rank as the quizmaster. Harry McNaughton was an Englishman who made a vain attempt at propriety, and always failed. George Shelton had been Tom Howell's partner on the stage, and still got off a running patter. The three "experts" were like the Three Stooges doing a quiz show, but less formal.

The show was panned as it got started, but the public thought it was a hoot. Not the owl kind of course. Actually, it barely paid to be ignorant on the show, as the questions were pulled from a dunce cap, fumbled with, and if answered correctly, the winnings were so little as to be positively hilarious. yTom Howard
Tom Howard
But who cared what the answers were? The chaos of the show might now be considered positively prescient, as the devolution of formal entertainment, and ad lib humor are both still very popular today in our new century of multimedia choices. As for Bob and Ruth Howell, they got married sometime during a crazy dream come true, and together they laughed happily ever after.

"Information, Please," the lampoonee, is also available for your auditory perusal. For more free-form humor, please see You Bet Your Life, I'm Sorry, I'll Read that Again, and The Goon Show, which can be found at the bottom of the I'm Sorry page, and even more obscure, two rare episodes of The Jack Webb Show is part of the Jack Webb Collection.

For more quiz show fun, see also: The Game Show Collection, Twenty Questions, You Bet Your Life, Quiz Kids, and Information Please.

(Please note that many of the rare recordings in this collection may be of inferior sound quality.)

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36 shows - total playtime 17 hours 5 minutes

Ignorant 431004 Reigning Beauty
Ignorant 440207
Ignorant 440512 Bad Luck to Postpone Wedding
Ignorant 440714 How Do You Keep Milk From Souring
Ignorant 440818 What is an Optimist
Ignorant 440822
Ignorant 440825 What is the Habitat of a Bengal Tiger
Ignorant 440901 Dog on Sand Paper
Ignorant 440908 How to Tell a Jersey Cow
Ignorant 440915
Ignorant 440922 Marriage Like Taking a Bath
Ignorant 440929 Some People Eat With Knives
Ignorant 441006
Ignorant 441013 Married Men Live Longer
Ignorant 441020 Chicken Cross the Street
Ignorant 441027 Can a Letter Walk
Ignorant 441103 What is a Swimming Pool

Ignorant 441117
Ignorant 441124
Ignorant 441208
Ignorant 441215
Ignorant 441229
Ignorant 450207
Ignorant 450720
Ignorant 451021
Ignorant 451125 What is a Windowscreen
Ignorant 451207 What is a Motherinlaw
Ignorant 460628 Bugs Go in Winter
Ignorant 471205
Ignorant 480205
Ignorant 490123 Make Woman Keep Her Mouth Shut
Ignorant 520113 How Many Acres in a 50 Acre Farm
Ignorant 521106
Ignorant What Is a Revolver
Ignorant What is an Optimist
Ignorant xxxxxx


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