The audience laughs as a comedian dies on live TV, a serial killer wins The Dating Game, Max Headroom gets a spanking during Doctor Who, and a newlywed enters urban legend when she hilariously misunderstands a question in this selection of weird and ridiculous television moments.
This Interview is Over
Colin Powell, Secretary of State for the George W. Bush administration, was speaking with the press about the war when one of his staff decided the interview was over.
A Hilarious Finale
Tommy Cooper was a British magician and comedian. He suffered a massive heart attack while performing on live TV on April 15, 1984. The audience thought it was part of the act, and continued to laugh as Tommy collapsed dead and the show cut to a commercial break.
Max Headroom Instrusion Incident
On November 22, 1987, an episode of Doctor Who airing in Chicago was interrupted by a man wearing a mask of 80s computer-generated character Max Headroom. In a distorted voice, the hijacker babbles about newspaper nerds and the “frickin’ liberal” Chuck Swirsky, hums the theme song to the 1959 cartoon Clutch Cargo, and then bends over to get spanked by a flyswatter. The perpetrators of this hack were never caught.
The Dating Game Killer
Serial killer Rodney Alcala had already murdered several women by the time he won The Dating Game in 1978.
Up the Butt, Bob
Remember when we didn’t have DVR, Youtube, and Snopes? That’s how this particular piece of game show history from a 1977 episode of The Newlywed Game became urban legend. Did it happen or not? Even host Bob Eubanks forgot about it. Until the footage resurfaced.
“Girls, tell me,” Bob asks the contestants, “where specifically is the weirdest place that you personally, girls, have ever gotten the urge to make whoopee?”