Did You Know?
One of the continuing comedy sketch routines was a blimp's bottom pilot command compartment. The set piece was constructed, (because of weight factor), in aluminum tubing and sheeting, because of the count of actors who had to be inside the compartment. The overweight comedy team of actors that had to hang inside the balloon cage (6x average weight @ 250#=1,500) And swing while performing their funnies. Albert J. Simon, Producer, said to the Production Designer, when the set piece was delivered to the Warner Brothers Stage, "that thing cost as much as a Mercedes Convertible" .... And in 1976, his car cost him more than just $9,000.00. The set was used once. Two days afterwards, the show was dumped because of bad/poor daytime syndicated ratings. The program could be viewed in Los Angeles only if your TV-rabbit ears could receive a San Diego TV station signal. See more