Celebrity Bowling (1971–1977)

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Exactly what the name implied celebrities participate in a regulation game of bowling.

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 Himself - Host (94 episodes, 1971-1977)


Two celebrities vs two celebrities in "best ball" competition. Both players on one team roll first balls. From the result they accept the best "leave"--2 pins left on one lane better than 5 left on other. The player who did NOT bowl the "best leave" then rolls for the spare. If either player rolls a strike on their first ball, that's the best the team can score in a given frame. Each epsiode is a modified 10-frame bowling game, with some frames bowled off-camera, as time allows. Written by Anonymous

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16 January 1971 (USA)  »

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Series was genuine "reality" television, shot live-on-tape with less than a dozen edits made over 144 episodes. Edits were made only to accommodate jammed automatic pinsetters, and were accomplished "hot" while shooting an episode. See more »


Featured in I Love the '70s: Volume 2: 1973 (2006) See more »


Everybody Loves My Baby
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Performed by King Richard's Fluegel Knights
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GREAT SHOW! - minor "gripes"
4 September 2011 | by See all my reviews

I have played with computer games where you create computer players, such as "Tony Larussa Baseball II" and "Nascar Racing 1999". I set these games to watch the players going at it, not to play myself. Sometimes I put celebrity names to the players I created. So, for example, I'd have a baseball team with Roy Clark, Abdullah the Butcher, Jennifer Gatti, etc. Or I'd have Holly Hallstrom, Ric Flair, Todd Bridges, etc. racing for the cup.

Imagine the shock when I watched my "Celebrity Bowling" DVD set and saw an episode with Roy Rogers & Don Adams Vs. Bob Newhart & George Foreman!!! I thought, this is my computer games brought to life! "Celebrity Bowling" is a very interesting, enjoyable show!

Now, for the likes and dislikes:

I think I'm in love with this Cheryl Kominsky! Dangit, I don't like how, when she did the "Today our stars will be bowling the best-ball system..." part, the camera was "here" and the cue card was "there", so she had to look away from the camera. But when an AMF representative was co-hosting, where was the cue card? Of course, near the camera!

I like the episodes where they didn't add applause effects, and the crowd sounded like the crowd at a bowling match. It was more natural that way.

I thought it was funny when the announcer said "If the winning team scores 120 or LESS", suchandsuch, "but if the score is 120 or MORE...". There's one episode on the DVD set where he actually said "but if the team scores ABOVE 120...", which made more sense.

When people you could REALLY call "comedians" were involved (such as Jimmie Walker, Morey Amsterdam, Nipsey Russell, etc.), they did and said funny things during gameplay (often followed, if she was co-hosting, by Cheryl's heart-melting laughter).

There are things that endear me, and things that MINORLY annoy me about this show, but they are the idiosyncrasies without which this show couldn't have existed.

I hope that season sets of DVD's (instead of just some selected episodes) will come out soon. Now if you'll excuse me, I'm going to play "Bowling USA" - another computer game where I created, well, celebrity bowlers.

(NOTE: I just found out that Cheryl, now Cheryl Robinson, was inducted into the USBC Hall of Fame this July! Congratulations, Cheryl!)

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