This show popularized a rapid style of vignette comedy show where comedy sketches, punch-lines and gags are edited together in a rapid and almost random format. Regular trademark elements included the joke wall, the dancing woman tattooed with one-liners and the fickle finger of fate award. This series would inspire such shows as Monty Python's Flying Circus and Sesame Street. Written by
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One of the trademarks of the series was the fast cutting that happened in between videotaped segments. Blackouts, one-liners and sketches were edited together in such a way that the show had a very rapid, almost frenzied, pace. This was done before computer controlled editing machines were invented, so much of the show was edited by hand. See more »
It's not fair.
[after getting doused with a bucket of water]
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In the Pilot Special, the ending credits show the cast playing with huge beach balls. See more »
a show that's technical achievements were ahead of the time
This program featured cutting edge editing and was produced by GEORGE SCHLATTER (a legend in the comedy field). The editing was quick. A good example would be the part of the show where the hosts would walk into the room where the "party" was going on...they'd quick cut to a few characters then off to ARTE JOHNSON in a german helmet. Prior to this show, this type of quick editing was impossible. I believe the show used cutting edge editing equip...I think they were AMPEX machines, I'm not for sure...I do know that the humor on this show is dated, but the production values made it a first.
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