Comedy (1942 - 1960)
A man with remarkable background, John Guedel, produced
and wrote People are Funny. He was without a home during the
Depression and slept on the street when he was the most poor. He finally
got work for the WPA digging ditches, later
became a traveling salesman, and he got his "big break" writing for
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A game show, People are Funny was perhaps a precursor to "reality"
based television shows of today such as Survivor or prank-based
shows like MTV's Jackass. People are Funny asked individuals
to do extreme acts for the amusement of audiences. This was done
to "reveal the true nature" of their guests. Guests could be hit
in the head with a paper bag full of spaghetti. Another man had
to attempt to register at a hotel claiming that a trained seal was
Most audience remember the host Art Linkletter, but People are
Funny was originally hosted by Art Baker, the show was popular
right after its debut thanks to Baker's talent at adlibbing and likeability.
The show was sponsored by Kool Cigarettes' often staring Kenny Kool
the cigarette smoking mascot in a Penguin suit. It was later sponcered
by Mars Candy.
Stunts on People are Funny continued to get more and more outrageous
(and funny) as the show continued its 18 year run. John Guedel was
also the producer of the game shows "House Party" and "Pull over Neighbor"
as well as Groucho Marx's game show You
Bet Your Life. This show appeals to modern audiences with
its wit and outrageous humor. This collection also contains a bonus episode of Pillsbury House Party starring Art Linkletter.
See also: Vox Pop and You Bet Your Life and What's My Line?