Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Most Risque Answers from The Hollywood Squares

As a school kid summer not only meant swimming and hanging out it also opened up a world of television not available when your daylight hours are taken up with the three Rs. The Hollywood Squares on NBC was one of my summer faves.

It was a seventies thing - where genial host Peter Marshall and 9 stars brought laughs to America each morning at noon throughout the 1970s, leaving the air as the decade ended in 1980.

Center Square Paul Lynde was joined over the years by regulars Charley Weaver, Rose Marie, Wally Cox, George Gobel and John Davidson - guest-stars on the big Tic-Tac-Toe board included literally hundreds of television and movie stars, both the great and near-great.

In 1974, Paul Lynde was voted the funniest man in America in a nationwide poll. It was largely for his snappy answers on The Hollywood Squares. Everyone believed that Lynde came up with these pithy comments off the cuff when in fact most of the quips from the stars were scripted - celebrities were free to use the provided joke answers or come up with their own if they wished.

All the old folks in the seventies loved Paul Lynde, but I doubt if anyone could have told you why. Here are some of the most risque answers from The Hollywood Squares: