“Come on Down”

September 25, 2016

These three little words got our hearts pounding and our palms sweating! This super fun game show actually started way back in 1956 with a version that pitted contestants against each other in a battle to bid a dollar amount closest to the “actual retail price” … without going over that price. This original version was hosted by Bob Cullen and played a little differently to the game you probably know.

This super fun game show actually started way back in 1956 with a version that pitted contestants against each other in a battle to bid a dollar amount closest to the “actual retail price” … without going over that price. This original version was hosted by Bob Cullen and played a little differently to the game you probably know.

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Each game had four contestants vying for the prize; one of these lucky game-players was a champion from the previous day’s game! The play was the same then as the current game’s “Contestant Row” one-bid game, as the prize was shown and all contestants placed a “bid,” meaning that is what they thought the prize was worth. The contestant that came closest to the actual price of the prize won! Each day, the player that had won the highest dollar amount of prizes was that day’s champion and got to come back and play against three new contestants the next day. There was the occasional bonus round indicated by the sound of a bell, but it was nothing like the super exciting and sometimes crazy games played in the new games which first aired in 1972.

As you probably already know, Bob Barker was this show’s host from the beginning and running all the way to 2007!

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Mr. Barker’s wing men (aka the show’s announcer) were Johnny Olson,  Rod Roddy and Rich Fields. Fields stayed on after Barker retired.

Beginning in 2007, after Bob Barker’s retirement, Drew Carey took over as host of the show. Rich Fields was his first announcer, but then in 2001 George Gray took over that delightful spot.

Having said all that, I believe some of the funniest moments were, and will remain, the ones when Bob Barker was the host. There is just something about his personality and the way he always played off of the contestants that made you like him, love him, and want to deck the ladies that nearly made him fall over (again!). Anyway, these clips are hysterically funny. I hope you enjoy this footage as much as I did!

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The Price is Right Funny Snippets
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