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Schmock! - One of the silly phrases invented by the multi-talented Steve Allen during his early days on television.


On the 1/26/87 broadcast of the TONIGHT SHOW on NBC guest host Patrick Duffy asked his guest Steve Allen, the inspiration behind that hilarious shrieking sound which he often shouted out while on camera.

Steve said he derived the phrase from the stock beginnings of jungle movies. He noted each movie had mandatory scenes of a boat moving down a river, alligators slithering into the water, monkeys chattering in the tree tops, followed by the sound of tropic birds shrieking... Schmock! Schmock!

Steve Allen also invented the classic saying, "Is it bigger than a bread box?" while attempting to determine the identity of a contestant on the quiz panel show WHAT'S MY LINE/CBS/1950-67/SYN/1968-75.

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