Game show in which comedians tried to make contestants laugh. Based on the US series of the same name.
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A classic game show, hosted by TV veteran Robert Q. Lewis. In this show, contestants must sit in front of professional comedians doing their best to get a laugh. If the contestant manages to last without cracking up, he or she can win cash or prizes, as well as go on to face other, perhaps funnier, comedians. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Followed by Make Me Laugh (1979) See more »

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Better of the early TV shows
25 April 2010 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

I only saw the "modern" version for about a minute but I did see a lot of the 1950s short-lived version (a summer replacement)? And somehow I've got a commercially sold tape with one segment. The idea was so good I am surprised it wasn't a big hit. Beginning in grade school the better students (by my standards) were always on the edge of breaking up, and because laughing was a serious crime, keeping a straight face while somebody in the row next to you was trying to crack you up was exquisite torture. (For an inside view of the class clown who delights in getting you in trouble, see George Carlin's posthumous memoir.) Watching my air check of the show one is struck by 1) the cigarette commercials, which are insanely upside down in terms of what cigarettes do to smokers and the role of the American wife, whose vacuuming annoys her husband, who is trying to listen to a cigarette commercial on TV; wife apologetically interrupts her labors and makes nice with hubby and 2) what a generic character Robert Q. Lewis was. (I had seen him on a variety of shows.) A pleasant enough man, he seemed devoid of all talent other than being genial and congenial.


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