Stubby Kaye... when the game show, "Shenanigans" first aired, it seemed like everyone knew who he was, but couldn't remember what he played in. It seems most today remember him as "Marryin' Sam" from "Little Abner," however, the performance that sticks out in my mind is, the guy who stole the show in "Guys and Dolls" who sang, "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat." Speaking of singing, Kaye had a wonderful voice and began and ended the show each week with a song about the game show - "Shenanigans." It was catchy and got you to watch the show.
I owned the Milton Bradley board game of the show.
My recollection of the show includes a different boy and girl each week who would act as the playing pieces of a board game. How you got to advance, I'm not sure... spinning a wheel perhaps? They would advance through the squares performing various actions - one I remember in particular was called "Pie in the Eye" where they threw a pie into a big plastic eye that would open and close. You had to time it just right to get it into the hole, which was the eye's pupil. Also, there was something about reaching into a hole in the wall or something and identifying an item just by feeling it(?).
The game, 'Operation' came out of this show. The players played a life-size version of the game before the scaled down version was released.
The announcer, playing a role as a Keystone Cops-styled "Kenny the Cop," participated in the game, running commentary on the game action.
The last action that needed to be performed actually scared the bejeebers out of me. It seems to me (and correct me if I'm wrong) there was a haunted house at the end of the game and the players had to take something that was guarded by THE SHENANIGHOUL! (a guy in a suit, but a very SCARY suit to little kids like me). The Shenanighoul would protect the item that was sitting on a table or tree stump or something, while the kids would try to get it. It would hover around lurching, lunging and trying to nab the kids while they, in turn, tried to grab the item and run away. The show was over when they grabbed the object - they'd won, in other words.
For the time, this was a VERY creative show and it kept me coming back week after week.
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