Golden Blooper Awards - Presented on a
special weekly segment of TVS BLOOPERS & PRACTICAL JOKES/NBC/1984-86
for the best example of a "Blooper" (a verbal or visual error, for
example, pratfalls, fluffed lines, etc.) seen on television. A gold
statuette called the "Bloopy" was the weekly prize awarded by
hosts Dick Clark and Ed McMahon. Where else could a person be
embarrassed in front of millions of viewers and walk away with an
award for their ineptness?
The Golden Blooper segment was dedicated to the memory of
producer/writer Kermit "Mr. Blooper" Schafer, who pioneered the
concept of documenting on-the-air mistakes in the early years of radio
This "blooper" has spawned a number of programs including TV'S
CENSORED BLOOPERS, FOUL UPS, BLEEPS AND BLUNDERS, SUPER BLOOPERS AND
NEW PRACTICAL JOKES, and AMERICA'S
FUNNIEST VIDEOS, a show that chronicles all the mistakes made by the
American public in their daily lives.
Similar programs like CANDID CAMERA and SPY TV intentionally
targeted innocent bystanders to capture humorous or outrageous
moments on camera.
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