To be fair, the hosts can be stupid too.
January 13, 2008 8:44 PM   Subscribe

Let's pause for a moment to view the best part of any gameshow -- the stupid contestants.

One of my favorites so far.
posted by flatluigi (36 comments total) 30 users marked this as a favorite

 
i would submit that "The ugly sandals that lesbians wear." is a perfect clue for Birkenstocks.
posted by empath at 8:54 PM on January 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


"In the butt?"
posted by ColdChef at 8:54 PM on January 13, 2008


"Ohhh, right, naggers. Of course…naggers."
posted by Effigy2000 at 9:02 PM on January 13, 2008 [3 favorites]


Look out for the Ken Jennings classic answer about a garden tool.
posted by Cool Papa Bell at 9:05 PM on January 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Ha ha, this site really needed to be made.
posted by painquale at 9:12 PM on January 13, 2008


"In the butt?"

What's the most unusual place you've made 'whoopee?'

That would be up the butt, Bob!

posted by ericb at 9:12 PM on January 13, 2008


That was fantastic. I just watched the whole YouTube series.
posted by danb at 9:37 PM on January 13, 2008


Seconded. That was fantastic.
posted by sbutler at 9:38 PM on January 13, 2008


I'm ashamed to admit I just watched all of them and laughed my ass off.

Who is that host of Family Feud who is not Richard Dawson? Because he kind of sucks.
posted by empath at 9:39 PM on January 13, 2008


I'm partial to Who Wants to be a Millionaire's "Adverbs or verbs?" idjit. Unlike most "stupid" contestants who are merely flustered by having to make quick decisions in a high-stress situation, this guy lets his pigheadedness come to a low boil and simmer for the course of a few minutes. He forgoes all reasonable advice and blows all his lifelines on one of the easiest questions out there, to high-larious effect.

Apologies for the color commentary in that vid, though... I couldn't find a better copy anywhere else.
posted by Rhaomi at 9:42 PM on January 13, 2008


Great stuff. Out of curiosity, anyone know what John Davidson was supposed to answer to the question, "Traditionally, Japanese brides used to shave what off at the time of their marriage?" I know nothing about Japanese nuptials, traditional or otherwise. The way the question was phrased, it's hard to think of anything that isn't too dirty for 1970's/80's broadcast daytime TV.
posted by mccarty.tim at 10:11 PM on January 13, 2008


mccarty.tim: "Great stuff. Out of curiosity, anyone know what John Davidson was supposed to answer to the question, "Traditionally, Japanese brides used to shave what off at the time of their marriage?" I know nothing about Japanese nuptials, traditional or otherwise. The way the question was phrased, it's hard to think of anything that isn't too dirty for 1970's/80's broadcast daytime TV."

This says "cutting the bride's hair and shaving the groom's beard" are the traditions.

I wonder if meant to say "On the whole, I would say" or it was just a slip?
posted by flatluigi at 10:27 PM on January 13, 2008


Who is that host of Family Feud who is not Richard Dawson? Because he kind of sucks.

Well... sadly, he agreed with you.
His name was Ray Combs.
posted by miss lynnster at 10:31 PM on January 13, 2008 [2 favorites]


Which other Family Feud Host? I count Ray Combs, Richard Karn, and a British guy.
posted by cmgonzalez at 10:37 PM on January 13, 2008


ericb's snopes link confirmed a more sinister example i had heard of but never believed; when the host of the newlywed game asked the woman what the one family secret was that she wasn't supposed to talk about, and she chirped back that her brother and her cousin had talked about killing her uncle for the insurance money. minutes later, her husband's answer to this question was revealed and it was the same.
posted by bruce at 10:43 PM on January 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


Wow. David Letterman in a Dodgers jacket.
posted by Sailormom at 10:56 PM on January 13, 2008


Sticky?
posted by roll truck roll at 11:21 PM on January 13, 2008 [1 favorite]


I recently watched the NASCAR version of Family Fued. It was comic gold.
posted by spiderskull at 12:33 AM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


Feud *.. how appropriate.
posted by spiderskull at 1:27 AM on January 14, 2008


Which other Family Feud Host? I count Ray Combs, Richard Karn, and a British guy.

That's the wonderful Les Dennis. The list of stupid answers to the British version (Family Fortunes) is awesome, including my all-time favourite:

Name something a blind person might use:
A sword
posted by patricio at 2:39 AM on January 14, 2008


"Traditionally, Japanese brides used to shave what off at the time of their marriage?" I know nothing about Japanese nuptials, traditional or otherwise. The way the question was phrased, it's hard to think of anything that isn't too dirty for 1970's/80's broadcast daytime TV.

Eyebrows? I don't know if it has any relation to nuptials, but I've seen some ancient Japanese films which made it clear that the standard of beauty among mature women ideally involved shaven eyebrows (and blackened teeth).
posted by Lush at 2:44 AM on January 14, 2008


The way the question was phrased, it's hard to think of anything that isn't too dirty for 1970's/80's broadcast daytime TV.

Well, that was kind of the point, wasn't it? Game shows like The Newlywed Game, Hollywood Squares and the Match Game all relied heavily on double entendre (or often, if Fannie Flagg was involved, single entendre).
posted by Spatch at 5:27 AM on January 14, 2008


Thanks, you just made me late for class! Good stuff.
posted by rouftop at 6:43 AM on January 14, 2008


Is this woman on there?
posted by dobbs at 7:38 AM on January 14, 2008


On the UK version of Family Feud (aka Family Fortunes) one answer sticks out in my mind.

The question was "Name a type of ache"

The answer given was "Fillet of fish".

To this day the only way I can possibly see this as having been a related answer is if the gentleman in question thought that Les Dennis said "Name a type of hake".

I was awestruck at my fellow man at a tender age and have yet to see this topped.

Awesome.
posted by longbaugh at 7:44 AM on January 14, 2008 [1 favorite]


I think this has been posted elsewhere on the blue, but this Price is Right clip is a classic.
posted by kalimotxero at 9:38 AM on January 14, 2008


longbaugh: he might have thought he said 'name a type of cake', though fishcake, and went with the infamous mcdonalds filet o' fish.

OK. I'm trying too hard.
posted by ArkhanJG at 10:31 AM on January 14, 2008


I was awestruck at my fellow man at a tender age and have yet to see this topped.

Awesome.
posted by longbaugh



How about the guy on family fortune that during the last part was answering every answer with Chicken? The punchline was when the third category was "Food you stuff." It was awesome.
posted by piratebowling at 10:39 AM on January 14, 2008


These are great.
posted by mosessis at 10:58 AM on January 14, 2008


I saw that pirate bowling, and it is so funny, but it was "turkey" not "chicken."

Name something you might take to the beach with you.
Turkey

Name the first think you buy when you go into a grocery store.
Turkey

Name something you stuff.
Turkey
posted by post punk at 12:05 PM on January 14, 2008


Man, Bob Barker is kind of a dick in that Price is Right clip. So impatient.

This post is awesome. I just wish they hadn't reused a few of the clips.
posted by graventy at 7:38 PM on January 14, 2008


Holy crap -- thanks, flatluigi. Another reason to love MeFi.
posted by not_on_display at 2:42 AM on January 15, 2008


... and it reminded me of this classic NSFW (non-US?) Family Feud clip.
posted by not_on_display at 2:47 AM on January 15, 2008


Dobbs, who in the world is that idiotic woman?
posted by Nathanial Hörnblowér at 9:23 AM on January 15, 2008


I heard a story about the UK "family fortunes" (a version of feud)

Les Dennis asks, "Name a dangerous race."

Bless the contestant who replied "Arabs."

Les said that one didn't air.
posted by davemee at 10:33 AM on January 16, 2008


This reminds me - has anyone found video of Bob Harris' famous flameout on Jeopardy! (written up in his book Prisoner of Trebekistan)?
posted by ikahime at 9:50 AM on February 2, 2008


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