The Fun Factory (1976– )

TV Series  -   -  Comedy | Family | Game-Show
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Bobby Van ...
 Himself - Host (1 episode, 1976)
Jane Nelson ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1976)
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 Herself (1 episode, 1976)
Deborah Harmon ...
 Herself (1 episode, 1976)
Doug Steckler ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1976)
Dick Blasucci ...
 Himself (1 episode, 1976)
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14 June 1976 (USA)  »

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Original pilot setting was designed by Roy Christopher. When sold for NBC-TV series, the pilot game show set had to be altered and redesigned by Production Designer Hub Braden. The set audience back walls had to be cut down, topped off, taking six feet off the original set's wall height, in order to move the set through the NBC Burbank Studio #2 "elephant (load in) doors". The set move from the scene dock storage space required a day for stage set-up and lighting. Revamping the set's center stage wall, side flanking turntables were mounted on a steel framed flying wall unit for prize reveals. In order to move specialty game props onto center stage play area, this "flying wall" flew upwards into the studio grid fly-storage-area. A magical visual fête, never shown nor seen on camera. Quite an unusual piece of set action for a game show logistical move (smooth as butter). Ed Holland, Head Stage Technicial Carpenter, set up the set, weekly, responsible for hanging this center wall unit, for the audience, contestant and game taping schedule. See more »

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Not exactly "Fun"
4 July 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Bobby Van hosted this ill attempt at an audience participation show.

Contestants were chosen from the audience, and performed stunts. On some shows, there was the "fun word", which was much like Groucho's "secret word" on You Bet Your Life, where if anyone says it, they win a prize.

My first reaction, when watching this show was "Is THIS supposed to be FUN?" The first stunt was a chair rocking contest, with players dressed as Whistler's Mother. Another stunt was a fruit quiz, with a lady wearing a Carmen Miranda hat. About as much fun as watching paint dry.

Bobby Van would do far better 3 years later as the host of the remake of Make Me Laugh, which helped the careers of Bob Saget, Garry Shandling, and Bruce Baum. It would also be his final show.


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