Make Me Laugh

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Make Me Laugh
Premiere March 20, 1958
Finale January 1998
Creator George Foster
Mort Green
Pat Weaver
Host Robert Q. Lewis (1958)
Bobby Van (1979-80)
Ken Ober (1997)
Mark Cohen (1998)
Network ABC (1958)
Syndication (1979-80)
Comedy Central (1997-98)
Style 30-minute game show comedy
Company Make Me Laugh Productions/Program Services Ltd.
Lukehill Productions/Paramount Television
Dove/Four Point/Buena Vista TV
Origin USA

Make Me Laugh was a comedy game show that aired for thirteen weeks on ABC prime time in 1958, followed by a one-season syndicated run in 1979 and another run on Comedy Central in 1997.

Three stand-up comedians in turn attempted to make a contestant, chosen from the audience, laugh with their jokes and schtick in sixty seconds. The contestant received $1 for every second he/she did not laugh. A celebrity was employed in the third round to play for a home viewer. (Musician Frank Zappa was a celebrity player in the syndicated edition and he remained stoic throughout the comedians' performances.)

In the second syndicated show, a contestant could risk money won by predicting whether or not the comedians could make a second contestant laugh. This was played twice with the top scorer vying for an additional $500 by not laughing during a 60-second round-robin performance by the comedians.


At a Glance: Additional information about the series