Australian version of the popular American game show Match Game 73 (1973). In this game is two contestants - one champion and one challenger. Host Graham Kennedy reads a funny fill-in-the-blank statement (e.g., "Mary, Mary Quite Contrary couldn't make her garden grow with water, so she used *blank* instead). The six celebrity panelists wrote their responses with a word or phrase which they thought best completed said statement; the contestant was then asked for his/her answer. A correct match was worth one point each. Two rounds were played, with celebrities sitting out the second-round question that whatever a contestant they matched one of them the first time. The contestant having the most matches (ergo: 6 points) after two rounds (or after a tie-breaker if needed) became the champion, and played the "Super Match" for up to $1000. In the "Super Match," Kennedy read a simple fill-in-the-blank phrase (e.g.: "*blank* phone") to which a previous studio audience had responded; the most ... Written by
When host 'Graham Kennedy' succumbed to laryngitis, young announcer Don Blake was forced to host the show for an episode. See more »
Cyril said: "Power failures are terrific. Me and two sailors just spent five wonderful hours in the...?"
[wild audience laughter]
[after composing himself]
I feel that this is where the show is really going to bog down.
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I just bought this on DVD recently for $20, and my hopes were not high. I thought, "well, this may be mildly amusing. I don't see how a bunch of unknown-to-me celebrities turning a card around will be funny." But what I discovered was fantastic. The show is absolutely hilarious. It begins at the top with the somewhat neurotic and flamboyant Graham Kennedy, who is to Australian TV as what the Beatles were to Music.
The contestants were hardly a fixture in the show, it was all about the celebrities and their answers.
The reason it did not work on return was because the original was raw, and censorship was much tighter back then. Nowadays, saying something on TV such as "have sex" does not even raise an eyebrow. Back then it was very strict, and that was the funny part. With questions like, "When Bob found his wife Mindy with another man, he asked were you blanking him?" celebrities had to come up with a clean answer, and this always led to hilarious results.
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