MAKE ME LAUGH
Lifespan: March 1958 - June 1958 (Not covered); January 1979 - February 1980 (Not covered); September 1996 - February 1998
Hosts: Robert Q. Lewis, Bobby Van, Ken Ober, Marc Cohen
Announcers: Ken Roberts, Bill Berry, Johnny Gilbert
Produced by: George Foster, Mort Green, Pat Weaver (1958); George Foster (1979-80); Ron Ziskin, Jim Mahoney (1996-7)
Front Game Rules (1996 version)
Three players competed. Each player comes out, one by one, and sits in the center of the stage, and witnesses the acts of three stand-up comedians. Each comedian performs for 60 seconds, and the contestant earns $1 for every second s/he avoids laughing. The maximum a player can earn in the first round is $180.
In the second round, each player wagers a portion of their score on whether or not they think another person will laugh against one of the comics in 60 seconds. This is done twice, and the player with the most money at the end of the round wins the game.
Front Game Rules (1997 version)
The second round was changed during the next season. This time, one person was called from the audience to face all three comics one after the other for 90 seconds. The players again wager their scores on whether or not the audience member will laugh. After the one wager, the player with the most money won.
End Game Rules (Both versions)
The winner now had to withstand one more round of comedy. In the '96 version, the player had to face each comic one after the other for 60 seconds; in the '97 version, the player went up against a "Mystery Comic" for 100 seconds. In both cases, the player got $5 for every second s/he went without laughing; lasting the full time won $500.
Loogaroo Looks it Over
OK, so maybe the emphasis of the show is more on the comedy than the game, but come on. $500 for a grand prize? That's less than Small Talk. The whole betting element of the second round seems to be a little out of place as well. Ken Ober does a respectable job hosting, as he looks like he's in his element. Marc Cohen, however, looks and acts like a stand-up comedian hosting a game show instead of being comfortable with his surroundings.
Make Me Laugh
Gameplay: 2 pts.
Host: 3 pts. (Ober), 1 pt. (Cohen)
Presentation: 1 pt.
Execution: 0 pts.
Total Score: 6 pts.
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