Game Show Host Monty Hall Dies At Age 96

The New York Times reports:

Monty Hall, the genial host and co-creator of “Let’s Make a Deal,” the game show on which contestants in outlandish costumes shriek and leap at the chance to see if they will win the big prize or the booby prize behind door No. 3, died at his home in Beverly Hills, Calif., on Saturday. He was 96.

A daughter, Joanna Gleason, confirmed his death. She said the cause was heart failure. “Let’s Make a Deal” had its premiere in late 1963 and, with some interruptions, has been a television phenomenon ever since.

“Monty had to be a very likable con man; he had to convince people to give up a bird in the hand for what’s in the box,” David Schwartz, the author, with Fred Wostbrock and Steve Ryan, of “The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows,” said in an interview.

  • fuzzybits

    Same time. Makes me think of this. https://youtu.be/EkD1VgtrdP8

    • Phillip in L.A.

      I wasn’t allowed to watch this show, because it was apparently thought to be too risqué for a four-year-old

  • 5moreminutes*imtired

    *Insert whats behind door #3 death joke here*

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Very sorry to hear this! Mr Hall was a legend. My condolences to his family.

  • Rocco

    Loved him, and that show.…

  • Todd20036

    This was sad, but not a tragedy. Nearly a century and a lot of people will remember him as an icon.

    Congrats Mr. Hall, you picked the right door.

  • margaretpoa

    The cause of death was him being 96. Pssst: Door number two, Monty.

  • Harveyrabbit

    A long deceased uncle of mine from Canada was on Price is Right years ago and he won a (hideous) grandfather clock worth around 1,400 dollars. He and his wife were pretty happy about that though and they had a good time at the show even though they didn’t qualify for the big prize at the end.

    They don’t (or didn’t at the time) have allowances for foreign winners claiming their prize in the US so they had to agree to pay for shipping and tax and customs etc to get the clock back home.

    Weeks later they get a call from Customs Canada telling them the Clock is at their warehouse somewhere at a border crossing and they just had to pay the bill to get it delivered.

    2,100 dollars.

    I assume the clock is still there waiting for them to call back.

    • Hue-Man

      Monty should have known better!
      Born: August 25, 1921, Winnipeg, Manitoba
      Interesting background from wiki
      Hall graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba, where he majored in chemistry and zoology.
      Hall started his career in Winnipeg in radio, moving to Toronto in 1946.

      • Harveyrabbit

        Maybe he did… Bob Barker was the host of Price is Right 😉

        • grada3784

          Bill Cullen did it better.

          • Harveyrabbit

            I’m sure he did but I only remember him from shows later in his career.

          • AtticusP

            I went to a taping of one of his shows some time in the early 70s. Can’t remember the name of it, but it was as inane as most of them.

            I was surprised to learn that Bill Cullen had polio, and could only get around with these cumbersome crutches.

            I don’t know if we caught him on an off day, but during the taping of the three shows that we watched, he was an asshole to everyone on the crew every commercial break, bitching about the lighting; complaining about the sound; you name it.. He was just a very, very nasty man.

            At least the day we saw him.

          • grada3784

            I never knew about the polio and only saw his on-screen persona.

            I did have a boss who had polio and she was the furthest thing from nasty I knew.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Finally. Thank you. Someone actually remembers Bill Cullen!

          • grada3784

            I’m really not older than dirt. Just close to it.

          • Adam King

            I’m so old I’m the guy who invented dirt.

          • Comixbear

            I wrote the specs for dirt, so…..

          • Acronym Jim

            I’m so old, I remember when it was called the $10 Pyramid.

          • Igby

            I’m so old, I was born on the day of Queen Elizabeth’s coronation. Oh wait, she is still Queen.

          • jo gerardo

            “My own personal theory is that Joseph built the ($10) pyramids to store grain,” Carson.

          • grada3784

            I’m so old I cringe when Phillip in LA roots for the Dodgers. Of course, I was a kid in Brooklyn when they abandoned us. May Walter O’Malley and Robert Moses tear at each other for all eternity.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I can’t help it, grada3784! I was born in Los Angeles, and for better of for worse, I have the Dodgers in my blood

          • vorpal 😼

            =avatar change detection system triggered=
            Looking good! Like the new pic.

          • Phillip in L.A.
          • Phillip in L.A.

            Well, so what’s the answer to the Monte Hall Problem, of the three doors?

          • vorpal 😼

            You always switch doors!
            It increases your odds of winning from 1/3 to 2/3.

            If you examine the probability, the argument flows the same regardless of your initial choice of door, so for all intents of purposes, assume we pick door 1 to start.

            Just do a case-by-case analysis from there:

            Not switching:
            Prize is behind door 1: we win.
            Prize is behind door 2: door 3 is opened, and we lose.
            Prize is behind door 3: door 2 is opened, and we lose.
            Probability of winning: 1/3

            Always switching:
            Prize is behind door 1: we lose as we switch to 2 or 3.
            Prize is behind door 2: door 3 is opened, and we win.
            Prize is behind door 3: door 2 is opened, and we win.
            Probability of winning: 2/3

            One of those fascinating problems where the answer surprises you until you really think about it, especially since neither answer gives 1/2, which is what most people would probably predict as the answer for both cases.

            Now, if you randomly switch / not switch doors with equal probability, then the answer does become 1/2:
            Odds of switching / not switching: 1/2
            1/2 * 1/3 + 1/2 * 2/3 = 1/2 * (1/3 + 2/3) = 1/2 * (3/3) = 1/2 * 1
            = 1/2

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I will have to think about this; still not convinced this is a valid way of proving what the a priori odds are

          • vorpal 😼

            It’s undeniably true, though, as you can easily prove with a computer simulation calculating the odds for a huge sample size and seeing where they converge:


            import random

            def trial(switch):
            # Pick a random door to start with.
            startDoor = random.randint(0,2)

            # Pick a random door prize is behind.
            prizeDoor = random.randint(0,2)

            if (switch):
            # We win if the start door is not the prize door.
            return (startDoor != prizeDoor)
            else:
            # We win if the start door is the prize door.
            return (startDoor == prizeDoor)

            def probability(switch, numTrials = 1000000):
            # Run numTrials trials.
            counter = 0
            numWins = 0
            while (counter < numTrials):
            if (trial(switch)):
            numWins = numWins + 1
            counter = counter + 1

            # Calculate the probability of winning over the trials.
            return (float(numWins) / numTrials)

            print("p(win if switch): %0.3f" % probability(True))
            print("p(win if not switch): %0.3f" % probability(False))

            Output:

            p(win if switch): 0.667
            p(win if not switch): 0.334

            I’m sure (at least, I suspect) that you believe the results: you’re just having some issue with the argument from case analysis. I’m not sure why you doubt the validity of this argument, though: case analysis is a very common method for mathematical proofs.

          • Here at 4:00 am Sunday morning and I learned something. I love all of you.

          • I think it’s also pretty easy for people to see how it works when it’s laid out in a truth table.

            That said, this is a REAL solution to the Monty Hall Problem:

            https://imgs.xkcd.com/comics/monty_hall.png

          • BJORN RAGNVALDR

            Jesus fuck, my brain hurts, I’m just trying to make sure my socks match.

          • vorpal 😼

            Keep in mind I’ve been studying math since I was a wee kitten and actually have a PhD in math, which is about the only thing I’m half good at.

            Making socks match? Nope. That often doesn’t happen for me :-).

          • stuckinthewoods

            I’ve discovered as long as you make sure one sock is a right and one a left it keeps you from walking in circles.

          • DaveMiller135

            If you only buy brown and black socks, how many do you have to draw, on a dark, cold morning, to be sure of having a pair?

          • vorpal 😼

            If all your brown socks are the same style and all your black socks are the same style, then three socks by the Pigeonhole Principle.

          • vorpal 😼
          • I didn’t know cats wore socks!

          • vorpal 😼

            Only on the back paws. 😸

          • DaveMiller135

            if you only buy blue-grey argyle socks and green-brown argyle socks….

          • jerry

            I always loved the logic puzzles…regular math word problems, not so much.

          • vorpal 😼

            Agreed 100%.

            Word problems just involve extracting formulae from sentences, which is tedious.

            Logic problems actually involve fun and creative thinking and analysis.

          • I think it’s also important to point out that the host knows where the car is and where the goats are and will NEVER open the door with the car behind it.

          • Acronym Jim

            The answer is that Cheryl’s an asshole.

          • vorpal 😼

            Easy solution: On the day in the list when Cheryl looks pissed and when Albert and Bernard ask her what’s wrong and she passively aggressively replies, “Nothing,” they will both know that it’s her birthday. 😸

          • Ha ha, my wife more or less gave the same answer when I showed her this problem. Great minds think alike. :p

          • vorpal 😼

            I just woke up, but I think this is the right answer:

            Albert knows month.
            Bernard knows day.

            Albert: I don’t know, and Bernard doesn’t know.
            This means that it has to be in a month that appears more than once (all), and also on a day that appears more than once, which limits the possibilities from 10 to 8:
            July 14 + Aug 14
            May 15 + Aug 15
            May 16 + July 16
            June 17 + Aug 17

            Now Bernard also knows it’s one of these eight possibilities, too, and claims to know, and all he knows is date.

            The only way he could know this is if the date was June 17th since all other months appear more than once in that list.

            Albert: Then I also know.
            The only way he could know is by Bernard claiming to know, which confirms it is June 17.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Not only is it important, it is imperative!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            There is a much simpler (and for me, more convincing) way to explain: since there are only three possible set-ups [call them (1) P-d-d; (2) d-P-d; and (3) d-d-P, where P = prize, and d = donkey/goat], and we can only choose one, there is always only a One-Third (1/3) chance we have guessed the correct door initially; so, consequently there is a Two-Thirds (2/3) chance we have guessed wrong.

            And while opening a door after we have chosen DOES NOT CHANGE THE A PRIORI ODDS OUR INITIAL GUESS WAS CORRECT OR INCORRECT, since there is such a high chance we have guessed incorrectly, it must be to our advantage to switch, if given a chance.

            iow, the only time it benefits us to keep our initial choice, is the 1/3 of the time when our initial choice was correct, while the other two-thirds of the time–when our initial choice was incorrect–it can only be beneficial to switch.

            [P.S. This also assumes the producers do not switch the location of the Prize, after the game has begun.]

          • vorpal 😼

            LOL I guess to each his own: your explanation seems neither simpler, nor more convincing, nor mathematically rigorous upon reaching the second paragraph when you state:

            “since there is such a high chance we have guessed incorrectly, it must be to our advantage to switch”

            Your third paragraph fixes this to an extent, but I’m not sure your probabilistic deduction works in the general case: e.g. if you have, say, 1000 doors, 10 cars, and 990 goats, and the host opens 989 goat doors upon your selection of a door.

            Also, I’m still not sure what about the case analysis proof you doubt.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            But we don’t have 1000 doors, or 10 cars; we have three doors, one prize and ONLY ONE CHANCE TO GUESS–not millions or thousands

          • vorpal 😼

            Yes, but if I’m right, the assumptions on which you base your probability calculation don’t work in the general case, and thus don’t construe a logically consistent argument. They just happen to work in this case. It’s like me looking in my bedroom, seeing two black cats, and concluding that all cats are black: it appears to be consistent as a matter of circumstance, but clearly is not true.

            If your probabilistic argument worked, it would have to work for any number X > 1 of doors and any number 1 ≤ Y ≤ X of doors containing prizes. I can see how it appears that in my example, you are being given two chances to guess, but that’s the same in the original problem: you guess your initial door, and then you guess between the set of two remaining unopened doors. If the number of unopened doors is > 2, that doesn’t really change the problem: it just alters the probabilities and thus a valid argument should still hold.

            (I hope that didn’t come across in any way as condescending as it was not at all intended as such. As a computer scientist / mathematician, though, I pick apart claims of proofs as a matter of course, and hope people do the same to my claims of proofs!)

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I didn’t say my way of looking at it was a “proof”–I just said it was an easier way for me to understand.

          • vorpal 😼

            LOL you’re right, and sorry I assumed erroneously that that was the case.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            ‘the original problem: you guess your initial door, and then you guess between the set of two remaining unopened doors.’

            There is only ONE remaining unopened door, NOT a set of two. Maybe this is where we are running into trouble.

          • vorpal 😼

            There really are two unopened doors: the one you initially picked (which is still not open), and the one that Monty Hall did not open.

            The problem is generalizable to any number of doors.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I didn’t say my way of looking at it was a “proof”–I just said it was an easier way for me to understand.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            This is a correct solution ONLY IF MONTE KNOWS WHERE THE CAR IS; if he does not, then there is no advantage to switching.

            http://www.math.ucsd.edu/~crypto/Monty/montybg.html

          • vorpal 😼

            Agreed, clearly.

            I think either I didn’t explain my generalization clearly, or you misinterpreted it (probably the former – I’m known for that).

            In my variation, there are simply more doors and more of them have prizes. Monty still opens them in such a way that the set of doors remaining always includes all the prizes and one goat.

            I was simply trying to make the probabilistic argument more evident.

            I’m still confused, though, what we’re discussing here (unless it’s a misunderstanding).

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I think you did an admirable job. No, I think the misunderstanding or fault was linked to the way the problem was originally explained (or not) in the VIDEO Joe linked to–you didn’t make up the problem, vorpal.

            BUT, as a Maths Ph.D., it is very naughty of you not to mention this! 😉

          • vorpal 😼

            LOL I suppose then it is something of my fault… I never watched the video! I’m familiar with the Monty Hall problem so I didn’t even think to watch it!

            Hope you are having a great evening!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            You’re being too hard on yourself. And I think you have shown remarkable restrain, whilst dealing with mathematical laypersons such as myself.

            Thank you, but not purrrrrrrrrr-ticularly, no

          • vorpal 😼

            Yes, regarding the link, that is precisely why I ran 10,000,000 trials in my Python code listed above: the results do converge to extremely close to what you would expect (i.e. what the probability actually is) after such a high number of trials.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Thank you for your service, o glossy one!

          • vorpal 😼

            My pleasure :-).
            The chance to discuss math with people who actually have interest is so rare that it’s more than welcome!

          • Phillip in L.A.

            I am glad it was pleasurable–that is high praise indeed, coming from the one who slays Apophis…

          • DaveMiller135

            If the odds are 1/3 that the car is behind the door you chose, then the odds are 2/3 of the car being behind one of the two doors you didn’t choose. After the [goat] is revealed, there is still a 2/3 chance that the car is behind one of those 2 doors. And it ain’t behind the one with the [goat].

          • Robert Schaaf

            No, you eliminated the goat door. There are two doors left, with the car behind one of the. 50% chance of winning.

          • DaveMiller135

            It’s counterintuitive, but true. It would be 50% if you started after the goat door was opened, and there were only 2 doors for you to choose from.

          • Robert Schaaf

            Perhaps I don’t know how the game is played. I took it to be the same problem as Russian Roulette: do you stand a better chance if you spin the barrel after every trigger pull? (You do. It’s always one in six, as opposed to 1/6, 1/5…1/2. Blam!)

          • DaveMiller135

            I think it is like the unspun RR, in revealing a bit more information about where the car isn’t.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Yes, this is a much simpler way to look at it, as I understood immediately last night after turning off this infernal contraption

          • grada3784

            Oh, I dont’t blame you. I just cringe when you root for the team that broke Brooklyn’s heart.

          • BuckyB12

            Bill Cullen was my very first celebrity sighting – while on a family vacation we saw him on his yacht in a lock along the St. Lawrence Seaway – he waved.

        • Hue-Man

          My bad. I couldn’t pick a game show out of a police line-up – I’ve never sat through one of them.

          • Harveyrabbit

            I’d say that’s a good thing.

      • Phillip in L.A.
        • Silver Badger

          How sad to think of that Monty Hall has passed away at 96. I believe I’d much rather remember him as the man in the above picture.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Me too, even though that is Val Kilmer

          • Silver Badger

            Too bad. He is pretty, though. Now, please find a young, mostly naked Monty Hall.

    • Robincho

      “Things are seldom what they seem.
      Skim milk masquerades as cream.” — H.M.S Pinafore, Gilbert & Sullivan

    • Nowhereman

      What a story! Sometimes even when things are free, they’re not worth it. I’ve had a couple of “free” cars in my day…

      • olandp

        If the choice was a Chevrolet Vega or a baby elephant, hands down the elephant. Lower upkeep and imagine driving that around town!

        • Friday

          I always liked Vegas, but they rusted away to nothing so fast. (But if you find one in any shape, the front suspension and especially steering gear are of value to old-school hotrodders. :))

      • perversatile

        I rented a house in Washington DC in the early 90’s with an abandoned Mercedes convertible in the backyard filled with, Persian lilies, cherry tomatoes, Oleander and Confederate Jasmine. Having it towed away would have been rather costly (along with the removal of a chain link fence) but as a free planter, it was worth every penny.

  • bkmn

    Wasn’t aware he was still among the living. RIP Monty

    • Lars Littlefield

      My same thought.

  • Amanda B. Rekendwith

    Let’s Make a Deal was always the best part of a sick day off of school.
    Condolences to all who loved Monty.

    • Prost Seattle

      Match Game for me. And when MST 3K did their version of Matchgame? Priceless.

      • sdnative1958

        Love old game shows – they were either all drunk, high on coke, or both.

        • Ken M

          Hollywood Squares, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, is that giving away my age?

          • JCF

            “Split…Second!” (that was my fave)

          • Ken M
          • Steverino

            Enduring legend from the Newlywed Game:

            Eubanks to one of the grooms: “Where is the most unusual place you and your wife made love?”

            Groom: “In the butt, Bob!”

          • licuado de platano

            Ahem… “made whoopy”

          • Steverino

            Thank you!

          • Randy503

            I loved Password and What’s My Line? I never did get a real Spiegel catalog and always wondered what elegance must be sold inside.

          • Ken M

            Chicago, Illinois 60609 that’s scary. 😉

          • jixter

            Yes.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          On my Tenth Birthday, my choice for the party was to go and see a taping of Hollywood Squares! Paul Lynde was NOT in the Center Square for the first show they taped; there was a celebrity replacement along the lines of Barbi Benton.

          But Paul DID show up JUST in time for the beginning of the second show they taped that day, and I remember thinking, “I wonder if he was late because he was drunk”?

        • TampaDink

          I’ve been trying to remember the name of the one where at the end of each episode the winning contestant got to choose the key to a car but it would only start one of the 5 new cars. Anyone else recall that one?

          • Furface

            Split Second, ABC, 1972.

          • TampaDink

            Thank you!

          • Randy503

            Was that the one with Wink Martingale?

          • Steverino

            Wink Martindale had more teeth than any human who ever lived.

      • Lars Littlefield

        For me it was The Price Is Right with Bill Cullen. No one remembers Bill Cullen? Next people are going to say they don’t remember Derwood Kirby!

        • jmax

          I loved the old Price is Right, although I only saw it in syndicated reruns. They used to give away homes and if I recall once gave away a 2-seater airplane.

        • Adam King

          I even remember the Kerwood Derby. (Because when youse were watching game shows I was watching cartoons.)

          • Lars Littlefield

            Ah, yes. The derby was 8 and 5/32. It made you smarter when you wore it.

        • jixter

          I remember Cullen. And Bob Barker when he was young. I thought Barker was strikingly handsome when I was five, but I still preferred Ward Bond’s gruff growling and barking on ‘Wagon Train’ more because he seemed authentically masculine and, therefore, smelly and dangerous with deep, dark secrets about life that I wanted him to teach me. And tight pants that teased my imagination.

          Bob Barker was kinda like Mitt Romney, looks-wise. All slick and clean-shaven. Talcum powdered with a splash of Bay Rum. Shiny jewelry, cuff links. A pleasant way with the ladies.

          And Jack Bailey from ‘Queen For A Day’, was another one. Hot and handsome – lived a little on the dark side and frequented bars down the back-alleys of Hollywood where anything could happen and usually did.

          I remember them all.They were all lucky players during a magically creative time.

          And I remember Durward Kirby, too – who kinda looked like Paul Drake on Perry Mason.but who buddied up with Alan Funt at ‘Candid Camera’.

          • Lars Littlefield

            Ward Bond. Yes.

        • Rob NYNY

          I remember Durward Kirby well enough.

          https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durward_Kirby

        • BearEyes

          I remember both. Bill had a really good sense of humour and timing.

        • unsavedheathen

          I remember Bill Cullen sitting between Kitty Carlyle(Hart) and Peggy Cass (plus Orson Bean), panelists on To Tell The Truth.

        • jerry
    • Phillip in L.A.

      You said it, gurl!

    • Dagoril

      I preferred the $64k Pyramid. I liked hiding the answers at the bottom of the screen and trying to guess it from the clues hehe.

      • Randy503

        Dr. Joyce Brothers got her start by winning that one.

        • Rob NYNY

          No, $64,000 Question, a completely different show.

      • CanuckDon

        I guess I am getting old because I remember when it first started out as the $10,000 Pyramid!

  • Lazycrockett
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    • Michael R
      • Lars Littlefield

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      • Joe in PA

        They weren’t the intended audience for that tweet. Sigh.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        “Dolt.” Now there’s a word I haven’t seen in a long time. And so appropriate in this context as well…

        • John30013

          Dolt, Dotard, Dumbass, Douchebag, Dickhead, Donald., Drumpf.

          So many expletives start with “D”….

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    • SoCalGal20

      And just because…that time Lin-Manuel Miranda debuted “Alexander Hamilton” for the Obamas.

      https://youtu.be/WNFf7nMIGnE

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Imagine Donny Golf Balls in that audience. Words, music, history and back story would all go right over his head, and he’d sit there scowling.

        • Furface

          Actually that would be any show without a stripper.

        • Snarkaholic

          “That Hamilton show sucked…there wasn’t even a car chase!” ~Chump, probably

    • Robincho

      I hate Dumpy’s retarded little Shkreli smirk…

      • Adam King

        I hate absolutely everything about Trump. He has no good qualities or redeeming features. Not a single one. He’s entirely evil.

        • Robincho

          By limiting my remarks to his little retarded Shkreli smirk, I was inadvertently establishing parameters re the hatred I maintain for the Dumpster. That hatred soars as high as the peregrine falcon, and runs as deep at the Marianas Trench

          • Guy in CA

            You are not alone with these feelings towards king dümpf.

    • Henry Auvil

      If anyone could utterly destroy der drumpf, it’s Lin-Manuel. The power of words to effect change. Miranda/Gillebrand 2020!!

  • Treant

    I thought he was gone years ago.

    Still, the wrong man died tonight.

    • -M-

      Why couldn’t it be Pat Sajak?

      • Treant

        Er, yeah…him. That’s who I meant.

        • Harveyrabbit

          I vaguely recall him having a short lived, badly rated, right wingy tv talk show some years back. Didn’t take him long to get back to his game show and drunk diddling Vanna White in her dressing room.

          https://jezebel.com/5879762/pat-sajak-admits-he-and-vanna-white-were-often-plastered-on-wheel-of-fortune

          • barrixines

            On holiday in LA years ago I ended up in the audience for Wheel of Fortune. I wanted to see Vanna White in the flesh. It was her birthday and there was a little spiel with Pat saying – “So Vanna – today’s your birthday”. They had to do several takes because Vanna couldn’t actually remember that it was her birthday. I got the feeling she didn’t write every single word of her book.

            It was amongst the most torturously boring moments of my life. I had to clap continuously for three hours with time off to attend to my ganglions only when they had to stop recording to remind Vanna what way she was meant to be facing. I think it was about show five when I made a run for it during a particular vigorous spin of the wheel and escaped with the disgruntled losers of the last round.

            This is my only Hollywood story.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Making magic is difficult, harrowing, and ultimately, repetitively dull.

          • barrixines

            Funnily enough I have that written above my bed.

      • Lars Littlefield

        Or chuck Woolery.

      • 2guysnamedjoe

        Or Donny Golfballs?

    • Lazycrockett

      Hey just cause he wants to control the animal population is no reason to wish ill on Bob Barker.

      • Lazycrockett

        Damn Bob is 93.

  • JWC

    Ya another icon in my time Gone RIP Monty

    • Ken M

      Do they even make icons anymore? Who around today will be remembered when the die in say 40+50 years?

      • Phillip in L.A.

        That is a very good question, indeed. Well, I can name at least one who will be in the history books, for sure

        • Ken M

          Hopefully for being impeached.

          • Furface

            Then arrested, indicted, convicted, and incarcerated.

          • Phillip in L.A.

            incinerated would be more fitting

        • netxtown

          hopefully the smoke, ashes, acid rain, and radiation will have cleared by then…..

      • JWC

        Its hard to say but maybe Who of todays generation remember Edward R Morrow Walter Cronkheit Huntley Brinkley Liz Taylor Bette Davis Joan Crawford I used to have plates on my car “But Yar” but constantly had to explain them

  • Danieruw

    I had no idea Joanna Gleason is his daughter. She won a Tony for her portrayal of the Baker’s Wife in the original Broadway production of “Into The Woods”.

    It can’t be a coincidence that all these icons are dying during a certain presidential administration…

    • Silver Badger

      We lost a lot of them in 2016 too.

  • crewman

    I always hate this explanation of the Monty Hall Problem. When you don’t swap the goat, you are not sticking with the 33% probability of the first round. You had a choice to select your option or to select the other option. You did make an action, and the probability of that action is 50%, whether it is to keep the first choice or to pick a new choice. You’ve essentially given the door choice back, and you are selecting anew.

    • safari

      Bayesian.

    • Silver Badger

      Being older and perhaps a bit simple, I think it would be better to learn to love the goat.

      • Treant

        It’s a goat. What’s not to love?

        • Silver Badger

          Most are not good apartment pets.

          • Adam King

            So rent a bad apartment.

        • E.J.
          • UrsusArctos

            Celosia or “Cock’s Comb” There’s several types.

          • Treant

            Celosia! AKA cockscomb. Celosia cristata. They’re pretty easily available at most nurseries. This one looks a bit like a weird hybrid, with both comb-like and brush-like flowers. Or there might be two plants there.

          • stuckinthewoods

            You know they self-sow. For us they persist as a pretty weed in paths. Recently I went to an Indian grocery where a young woman was proudly selling a traditional vegetable she’d organically home-grown so I bought some but it did look sort of familiar. Later I searched the name she told me I found I just bought what I was weeding.

      • Treant
      • safari

        GOAT YOGA!

        • Phillip in L.A.

          goat yogurt

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Isn’t this “a priori” vs. “a posteriori”? The explanation given doesn’t make a lot of sense.

    • crewman

      It’s easier to understand if I change the example. There are 100 doors to start with. You choose one, and then he removes 98 of them. Your option had a 1% chance of being right, but now the remaining option has a 50% chance of being right.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    The Colorado Rockies are hitting home-runs off Kershaw! Go Dodgers! /s

    • JCF

      Rox want to clinch tonight. Blue doesn’t really give an F (making them REALLY popular in Milwaukee tonight /s)

      • Phillip in L.A.

        We’ll see…. I know you are right, though

  • Bernie

    “I chose my apparel, wore a beer barrel
    And they rolled me to the very first row
    I held a big sign that said “Kiss me I’m a baker,
    and Monty I sure need the dough!”
    Then I grabbed that sucker by the throat
    Until he called on me
    Cause my whole world lies waiting behind door number three” – Jimmy Buffet

  • Lazycrockett

    Free HBO weekend makes me realize why I don’t have HBO.

    • tomfromthenews

      What does this have to do with anything here?

      • Phillip in L.A.

        It’s entertainment-related.

      • Silver Badger

        He’s just sharing a thought with friends. A thought I happen to agree with, though.

  • Henry Auvil

    So “Let’s Make A Deal” was where Trump learned all his shit. Now I get it.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Actually one of the most incisive character analyses I have heard, Henry Auvil! Thank you!

  • theonlyseven

    Will he be buried behind door #1, door #2 or door #3? And who gets the life time supply of Turtle Wax?

  • Lazycrockett
    • Hue-Man

      Don’t follow his advice – I’d be 3 hours late for the show.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Maybe heckling the Dodgers on-line helped to light a fire under them–Kershaw is going to hit a home-run, I predict

  • Jeffrey

    I had no idea he was still alive but I’m stunned that his daughter is the fab Joanna Gleason!

  • Lazycrockett
    • Cuberly

      Damn! That assholes twitter feed is repulsive.

    • JCF

      “finna”? I’m not getting something here.

    • Steverino

      “you people”

      *eye roll*

  • Phillip in L.A.

    One of my guilty game-show pleasures was Chuck Barris’s iconic The Gong Show. I would rush home from school so I wouldn’t miss a minute of it!

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Where’s vorpal? I would like to hear a sleek, handsome, beautiful canine’s take on the “Monte Hall” problem

    • Karl Dubhe

      Feline sez whut? 🙂

  • JT
  • Michael R

    In Heaven
    Everything is fine
    You got your good thing
    And I’ve got mine

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6bb2820e9c1b49c10b7c6a61b10fc822c8e711e9e3adf3a61ae4303842b0b576.jpg

    • sdnative1958

      Maximum Overload on the cultural references – UPVOTE!!

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Upvote for you, handsome! Where’ve you been hiding?

        • sdnative1958

          *blush

          • Phillip in L.A.

            Oh, modest, too!

          • Joe in PA

            Get a room you two…sheesh. 🙂

          • Phillip in L.A.

            But we’ve only just met!

          • Joe in PA

            Like that’s ever stopped you. Ahem. 🙂

          • Phillip in L.A.

            It actually has, several times.

        • Joe in PA

          You’re one to talk…just look at that avatar. Schnauzer?

      • perversatile

        Ever since hearing this song played on the Armonica (water-filled wine glasses) by a Wiccan High Priestess at a Broom Jumping /commitment ceremony in Asheville NC between two self-proclaimed ‘Hairy Legged Womyn Libbers’ AKA Big Pam & Tammi, I can’t help but find it terribly romantic. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmyzYBeGrE8

        • yes b’y

          that was a strange movie

    • Lazycrockett
    • Todd20036

      Shouldn’t that car be on the wing of a plane…?

      • Furface

        Only when Shatner is flying coach…….

      • Took me a bit, but I finally got it!

      • Acronym Jim

        Of course not! You never want to get one of those things wet.

    • Joe in PA

      So, was that the booby prize?

      • Lars Littlefield

        An AMC Gremlin? You’d better believe it.

        • Friday

          Aww, when I was little I really *wanted* a Gremlin X with the 4-speed and the little V-8. 🙂

          • Joe in PA

            When it was running, I bet it was really fast. 🙂

          • Friday

            Apparently not really, but I was like six. . (Yeah, this stuff started early for me. 🙂 ) It’s basically just a cut-down Hornet so you may as well have gone for one of those. Not so light in the tail.)

          • Furface

            Had a 1970 with inline 6 and a 3 speed standard. Biggest surprise was the 21 gallon fuel tank.

    • Priya Lynn

      Cool! I love the purple Gremlin!

  • AtticusP

    It shows how much the world is changed. I’m pretty sure that some of the costumes that those people wore to get Monty’s attention on Let’s Make a Deal are now worn by customers shopping at Walmart.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Yasiel Puig ties the game at 3-3, with a homer, bottom of the Fifth! Go Dodgers!

    • Jukesgrrl

      Aaron Judge hit his 33rd home run at Yankee Stadium today, breaking Babe Ruth’s record for the most homers hit at home by a Yankee in a single season. That’s what 6ft, 7in, 272 pounds will do for ya. And he’s only making half a million dollars this year.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Judge is amazing!

        • JCF

          And of course, from Northern California. From where the Giants did NOT draft him. Just like the next phenom, Rhys Hoskins of the Phillies.

          Bitter Giants fan, who just witnessed Giants blow ANOTHER game in the 9th. }-p

  • M Jackson

    Thanks to Monte, Johnny Olsen, and Carol Merrill for the childhood memories of
    grown-ups acting batshit crazy, and the “zonk” behind door #3 was Johnny driving a cart being pulled by a goat.

  • Robincho

    Why yes, Monty, I DO just happen to have a rusted paper clip, thirteen pennies, and a wad of recently chewed Doublemint gum. And yes, they’re all right here in this unused inside breast pocket of a checkered 1947 bowling jacket! Imagine that!…

    And yes, I’d LOVE to trade them for what Carol Merrill is concealing behind Door Number Two! It will turn out to be a completely useless wooden crate containing two half-dead hens, but fuck it! You will have made me famous, and my offspring and neighbors in Terre Haute will be dining out on this for a goddamn generation!…

    • Lars Littlefield

      Yup. You’ve captured the zeitgeist perfectly.

      • Robincho

        Vielen Dank!…

    • M Jackson

      So that was you!

  • Jeffrey

    Joanna Gleason is not just “a daughter” she’s a tony winning Broadway star https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jM1RGdhuE1s

    • worstcultever

      have always adored Joanna Gleason

    • ClevelandJim

      “a daughter” was so throw-away it made me check Joanna Gleason’s wiki page, to make sure it was the same Joanna Gleason. Sure as shit, Monty’s daughter. Also didn’t know she’s been married to Chris Sarandon since 94!

  • worstcultever
    • Michael R
      • fuzzybits
        • Joe in PA

          Geez, who knew they made so much noise. Rotten cats. 🙂

        • Randy503

          I love this video. I tell people who have hypertension that if they just watch this once a day, they will soon be off their meds.

        • Ross

          ARGH!!!!!!!

          I click on the video and get a fucking LONG commercial for a fucking mattress! Does this happen to anybody else???????

      • Lars Littlefield

        I understand that dog’s fear.

      • safari

        Where’s greenman? It is how I envision his house.

        • Phillip in L.A.

          Yes, where is he?

        • greenmanTN

          You’re not far off, though only 6 really come inside. The new litter (the Mama was spayed last week) is precious, but they were born outside and won’t let you get closed to them. I’d love to get a video of them but it’s hard.

          This is the second litter, who were raised inside and are fine with people.

          https://youtu.be/Tzt0NlXqAEE

      • jmax

        GET BACK, EVIL KITTIES!!

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Phillip in L.A.

    (Black Spy): E-4 on the Silver Fox! All drink!!!
    (White Spy): mmmm. bromo-erotic

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/b6190ca5217e0ff63ac1786c6e4c86aa7f97d3c0644c5300177fcc71d3c15ec8.jpg

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ken M

      That’s not his hand. Joking aside, it’ way too big.

    • Sam_Handwich
    • safari

      I hate it when the national anthem, the flag, and patritoism gets thrown out to make people seem they are against them when a politician wants to throw a fit and rally his base.

      • worstcultever

        this is Dumpy’s one and only skill – and it’s a formidable and world-wrecking one – combine it with the receptive & fertile soil of Fox News simplistic/anger-addiction psychosis – it’s a new one for the cancer doctors

        • safari

          It’s just magnitudes worse than the Iraq for us or against us spiel.

          • Todd20036

            This is Adolf Hitler, redux.

            To the 100th decimal place.

          • jerry

            Only a Sith deals in absolutes. –Obi Wan Kenobi

    • JCF

      Of course he is.

      • Gerry Fisher

        This is the only reasonable response at this point.

    • SoCalGal20

      Woo, Authoritarianism 101! Use jingoist flag worship and faux patriotism to label your “enemies”.

      • Todd20036

        And we are the enemies.

  • Mike C

    As a kid I was always sad for the people who won a goat or a rusty cart because I assumed they were obligated to take it home.

  • MikeBx2

    Yeah, I’ve seen Dumb and Dumber already…
    https://twitter.com/latimes/status/914310173912649728

    • safari

      He’s supposed to be interviewing Donald in front of an audience with republicans, “democrats”, and “independents” earlier before the airing.

    • barrixines

      The average banana slug is eight inches long. It will also have a penis that is eight inches long. In order for it to mate it will have to find a partner who is also eight inches long or the partner will gnaw off part of the penis to make it fit. Watching this – or indeed fucking a banana slug – would be preferable to the above felch fest.

      https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/4/46/Two_Banana_Slugs.jpg

      • Phillip in L.A.

        I actually prefer looking at this picture, so–there’s that

  • Ninja0980

    Was at a wine tour/bonfire.
    Did I miss anything fun while I was gone?

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Monte Hall died, didja hear?

    • worstcultever

      no but I’m sorry I missed your wine tour/bonfire

    • safari

      The sun disappeared.

      • worstcultever

        yay – horizontality and unconsciousness ahead!

    • Adam King

      All the fun happened at the wine tour/bonfire, and we all missed it.

  • Lazycrockett
  • safari

    Just because it keeps showing up: OJ is about to be released and shopping around his first post-prison interview.

    • Joe in PA

      Gross.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      Didn’t his Parole Board meet a short while ago already, and deny his release?

    • Lazycrockett

      I firmly believe that OJ will fuck up within 6 months.

    • Ninja0980

      If people want to have another reason to get angry about racism, this case is it.
      O.J. walked because his lawyers were able to point to a POS cop who loved to use the N word and a racist system that exists to this day to convince jurors he had been framed.
      And given what we’ve seen in so many cases, who could blame them for reaching that conclusion?

      • -M-

        Yeah, the burden of proof was “beyond a reasonable doubt” and the obviously corrupt cops involved made it reasonable to doubt pretty much any evidence they presented.

        You would think ‘our police need to be credible witnesses’ wouldn’t be such a mystery to so many ‘get tough on crime’ types. Where were they when the rules were explained?

    • Adam King

      I hope he gets run over by a bus on his first day out.

    • MikeBx2

      What in the world would he have to say? Better yet, who’d want to listen?

  • That_Looks_Delicious
    • safari

      Missing: two scoops

      • jerry

        The two scoops are only for him–everyone else may get one.

    • TimCA

      ‘Let them eat the most beautiful chocolate cake’.
      Marie Antoinette Trump
      🙁

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Dodgers lead 4-3! Thanks, Chris Taylor!

  • Rillion

    My grandfather won a Camero on lets make a deal in the 70’s. It was the highlight of the decade for our family. RIP Monty.

  • “It’s a brand new RANGE!”

  • Sam_Handwich
    • Karl Dubhe

      Forced patriotism sucks.

      Sit the fuck down, everyone. 🙂

    • Lazycrockett

      That video is a couple years old.

    • fuzzybits

      Diversion,diversion,diversion.

    • safari

      No one was disrespecting it.

    • MikeBx2

      Trump will now be taking credit for people standing, as if no one had ever done that before he insisted on it.

    • gaycuckhubby

      Shut the fuck up

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Not feeling any desire to be subtle….

      https://twitter.com/sirlthr69/status/914328312171962373

      • whollyfool

        Too subtle for him unfortunately

  • Jukesgrrl

    In the late 1960s my grandma (who was an abused child and worked her ass off her whole life) finally had enough money to buy her dream car. She got a powder blue Fleetwood Cadillac, which absolutely dwarfed her as she was only 5’1″ tall. We kids called it the Let’s Make a Deal Car.

    • safari

      My grandma had three Caddys over the years. Her last one, when she was in her 70s, had a CB built in. When she’d travel, she’d talk to the truckers. She was also tiny, about 5′, but with dyed hair bright red in color and bright blue and green eyeshadow. Leopard print was her favorite. I wish I had known her as an adult.

      • Jukesgrrl

        That’s great. She must have been fun. I always like the grrls who wear leopard!

        • safari

          She was, but I was too young to appreciate her 🙁

          • jixter

            Isn’t that always the way it happens? Welcome to the club.

      • Our grandmothers must have gone to the same school of taste and refinement…mine – who we called Grandma John her entire life because she was married to her third out of four husbands Harold John when my siblings and I were little – always had her hair done (dark auburn) and never went out in public without make-up, always had a manicure and pedicure too “Fire and Ice” her preferred color. I remember when I was a teenager she drove a canary yellow Cadillac. When she died my mom made sure that her mother had her hair, nails and make-up done just right because Grandma probably would have died of embarrassment otherwise.

    • Lars Littlefield

      Your grandma was stylin’!

      • Jukesgrrl

        She was born in Hungary and had really great taste that I used to say was from her collective unconscious because her family that brought her here went full-hillbilly after they immigrated. When Jackie Kennedy (her idol) revamped the White House, Grandma followed suit and redecorated her living room. Classy pale colors of soft gold and green with brocade upholstery. I still have the French fruitwood-framed settee that she had reupholstered in ivory with little gold medallions. People think I’m nuts for keeping it because it doesn’t go with anything else in my house but I can’t part with it.

        • stuckinthewoods

          It goes with you and that’s all that matters. Other people only see the piece itself and the important part is invisible to them.

  • DaddyRay

    Looking forward to the SNL season opener – they have an entire summer of Trump follies to cram into a single show

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Wow, that is really strange!

    • safari

      You seem … different … somehow.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Less canine, perhaps?

  • Lazycrockett
    • safari

      Now this is amazing.

    • houstonray

      One of the best political cartoons I’ve seen. Shared on my twitter!

    • BearEyes

      Lalo does some really good ones.

  • Sam_Handwich

    omg i’m tuckered out. but i’m trying like hell to stay awake for at least the first part of SNL

  • safari
  • Leo

    OT. This comes to pass and I’m posting him here more often. I’ll leave it there.
    https://twitter.com/TrueFactsStated/status/914246708388823040

    • JWC

      Good Now Julien face the music

    • worstcultever

      saw that and GOD DAMN, I WISH but Claude is always doing this

    • Lazycrockett

      Twitter seems to be giving out true/false with this. I don’t know quite whats up something bout him twitting something that got him in trouble. Then others are denying it.

      • -M-

        Blocked Taylor many months ago. Unless something’s changed drastically since he’s just a fame seeker/a provocateur/or someone who doesn’t vet anything properly before circulating it.

        • Lazycrockett

          That’s why I didn’t post it when it first popped up and then it was soon getting shot down.

          • -M-

            Like I said Claude Taylor may or may not mean well, I don’t know & I’m not worrying about it, but his predictions were as irrelevant as a newspaper horoscope.

            No offense to Leo. Post what you like. 🙂
            Just saying I think Taylor’s tweets were more useful as an indicator of what everyone hopes or expects is about to come out than as an independent indicator.

        • He’s a partner of Louise Mensch, who has long proven to be unreliable and very probably a provocateur, judging from her pre-election internet activities.

          • -M-

            I know. Her I don’t trust at all, though oddly he’s the one I blocked.

          • -M-

            Speaking of, she’s been getting mentioned more again lately, which worries me.

    • safari

      *circus music*

    • MikeBx2

      I saw this earlier. Could be something to it…
      https://twitter.com/Mel_Ankoly/status/914250161831911424

      • safari

        The Russian-aligned GOP will save him.

      • Silver Badger

        What’s the point of having their legs hanging off the edge?

      • jerry

        The embassy employees are probably just tired of the smell.

    • Ninja0980

      I’ll take this with a grain of salt until I see it elsewhere but if true… GREAT NEWS!

    • blackstar

      Thanks for sharing.. I like reading their accounts but don’t subscribe or retweet. They have been correct in the past with postings. Not all but enough to read what they have to say. Much of the reputation is from infighting related sh*T . It’s twitter and you never REALLY know who’s really doing what and why.

    • William

      He kept drinking the last of the coffee and not making another pot.

    • Reality.Bites

      And Trump’s pardon of Assange to follow that.

  • worstcultever

    Guy woke up to a strange noise, then saw a mom lynx and 7 kits just hangin around his porch

    fun/artful pix

    https://www.boredpanda.com/lynx-porch-tim-newton/

  • DaddyRay

    OT: Air France flight from Paris to LA had an engine explode while over the Atlantic Ocean. The plane made an emergency landing in Canada – all are safe

    I can’t imagine how terrified those passengers had to be

    Airplane Air France Loses Engine Above Atlantic Ocean From Paris To LA (VIDEO)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fGFiQjGjOFo

    • safari

      It’s really not the explosion that worries me. It’s the minutes of falling through the air before hitting the planet’s surface.

      • DaddyRay

        In this case you are nervously watching parts dangling out of the engine for hours not knowing if a piece is going to fly off and hit the plane causing even more damage

        • safari

          I’ve seen enough “Mayday” to know that’s possible, but unlikely. Design basis failure of engines are supposed to minimize catastrophic failures.

        • Natty Enquirer

          Shrapnel through the fuselage is the greatest danger.

        • MikeBx2

          There was a now well known catastrophe in 1989 when a tail mounted engine on a DC-10 blew out and shrapnel severed a hydraulic line. The pilots still managed to crash land in a way that not everyone was killed, but over 100 didn’t survive.

          • boobert

            I was on a DC10 not long after a string of problems with them. The pilot was a little ahead and decided to give us a good view of the Grand Canyon, weaving from side to side. I was terrified ! lol

          • MikeBx2

            Even after flying many thousands of miles, I still am a little bit of a nervous flyer. I like “uneventful” flights.

      • boobert

        The fall doesn’t kill you, it’s that sudden stop.

        • Priya Lynn

          The bullet doesn’t kill you, its the hole it makes in your body.

      • Silver Badger

        And the burning. Don’t forget the burning. That’s why you always wear natural fibers when flying.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Wouldn’t one asphyxiate pretty quickly (assuming no functioning masks)–hopefully….?

    • MikeBx2

      This plane could lose 3 engines and still land safely. However, that would not be comforting to me at all if I was on board. Very scary.

    • Reality.Bites

      The plane made an emergency landing in Canada – all are safe

      I can’t imagine how terrified those passengers had to be

      Oh come on, DaddyRay. Lots of people have been to Canada and survived.

      • Ernest Endevor

        Just.

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but in my neck of the woods, we went from 90 degree temperatures three dyas ago to being under a freeze warning now.
    Got to love it.

    • fuzzybits

      I was just gonna say. It’s going down to 43 here tonight. And north of here frost warnings.

      • safari

        I crack my bedroom window and bundle up with my blankets so when I awake I’m sweating underneath the covers and my face is cold.

    • Sam_Handwich

      widespread nippular rigidity has been reported.

    • Raining here in NM. FINALLY.

      • shellback

        Glorious, ain’t it.

  • Jukesgrrl

    I just read an amazing thing about Monty Hall. He married his one-and-only wife, Marilyn Hall, (mother of 3) in 1947 and they stayed married until her death four months ago. Their 70th anniversary would have been two days ago. She was a writer and producer who had quite a few made-for-TV movies to her credit.

    • houstonray

      Now that’s pretty incredible! Hope they are both together in whatever comes after….

    • Steverino

      Aww, that is sad, but sweet. A librarian colleague of mine was with his male partner for almost 60 years, then his partner died, and my colleague died soon thereafter, less than a month later. They got together in Manhattan in 1954, a year before I was born, so I kidded them that they could be my daddies. That garnered me a well-deserved side-eye from both of them…
      : )

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    I enjoyed watching it when I was younger, he made people’s dreams come true. Ah, a more innocent time. R.I.P. Monty, your deal is done.

  • boobert

    The originals are always better. The remake with Wayne Brady sucks.

    • Ken M

      And to that, like so many of the remakes, I ask…..who? I remember (drunk) Richard Dawson on Family Feud. I know it’s been back, don’t ask me the guy’s name tho.

      • Ninja0980

        I remember seeing Richard Dawson on Match Game on the game show network.
        He never forgave the producers for changing the format on the show.
        He turned out to be a bitter angry guy.

      • grada3784

        Ray Coombs, then Steve Harvey, then they tried the Home Improvement guy.

    • Lazycrockett

      I always thought Lets Make A Deal was one of the worse game shows on tv. Original or reboot.

  • DaddyRay

    Time for SNL season opener

  • Lazycrockett

    SNL

    • DaddyRay

      Is that a picture of Vicente Fox in the background

      • houstonray

        His Dad maybe?

      • fuzzybits

        His father.

  • houstonray

    SNL starting strong….

  • Natty Enquirer

    Carol Merrill is still around at age 76.

  • Lazycrockett

    “fishies, bubbles and turtles that bite”

  • Lakeview Bob

    A friend and I are driving into LA from Palm Springs in two weeks. He got us tickets for the Price is Right. Ugh! I am only doing it for him. Ugh!

    • MikeBx2

      I actually did that many years ago. I was kind of fun!

    • safari

      It’s not bad. You get there at like 5 and register. Hyper studio staff interview you in line late morning for whatever they are looking for. Eventually you get a nametag and end up in the studio. The “fluffer” keeps you energized and then you watch the show, which is taped almost entirely “live”. There are few pauses or gaps. It’s quite fun. Even the “commercial breaks”, which are probably used to reset the stage, are about as long as a commercial break. It goes by very fast.

    • SoCalGal20

      You know that means you’re going to end up called down, right?

      • Lakeview Bob

        I suppose if I have to sit through a show I might as well try to win something if I am given the opportunity.

        • SoCalGal20

          Good luck!

        • Reality.Bites

          Not a chance they’ll choose you. As Safari points out, no one is picked at random. They’re picked from a pool of suitable contestants discovered in the interviews and you seem to lack the requisite enthusiasm.

          • Lakeview Bob

            I just might have to put on a giddy silly persona during the interview. Thanks for the heads up.

  • safari

    The lynx post below caused me to look at Youtube. I came across this
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BQ6Bh0hHqQ

    • Natty Enquirer

      Sounds like the Desperate Housewives voiceover.

      • safari

        So many years ago, I watched that.

  • Phillip in L.A.

    Los Angeles Dodgers win 103rd game, 5-3 against Colorado Rockies(*) –an all-time Franchise (i.e., Los Angeles, but not Brooklyn) Record! Dodgers now have clinched home-field advantage through the World Series (if they make it)!

    (*) who also ‘clinched’ their post-season spot in NL Wildcard ‘race’

    • Ninja0980

      I’m rooting for my Yanks in the still crappy wild card game.
      They need to reformat that, they truly do.

      • Phillip in L.A.

        Never liked that wild-card thing, either–it seems so crass and calculated

        • Ninja0980

          I understand why they made some changes to it but it seems unfair to have a 90 game season or a 97 game season like the Pirates have come down to one game.

        • JCF

          {cough} 2014 {cough}

  • Lazycrockett

    https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/914325234743939072

    Yeah the Former Governor is who one should be talking to.

    • -M-

      Ricardo: Please Luis, you talk to him. Say whatever it takes. I just can’t force myself to flatter that obscene twerp today.

    • SoCalGal20

      Is the current governor not taking his phone calls? I thought the current governor thought Trump was doing an awesome job!

    • JCF

      Can I get the (immediately) FORMER PRESIDENT’S take on this???

  • Lazycrockett
    • Ninja0980

      And yet, given the states that it will hit, they will blame Democrats and still vote R.

      • safari

        I was listening to NPR the other day when they interviewed the first of a few guests about the failure of TrumpCare. He was a GOP talking head. He blamed the democrats. When the host asked why, since they weren’t invited at all in the process, the talking head said because they didn’t want to vote for something good.

        This is where we are.

    • MikeBx2

      Sickening.

    • safari

      There are three or four states that cannot survive long. The majority can last a few months, I read. Still — why? This. Is. Not. Normal.

    • DaddyRay

      But Republicans are pro-life and tell me every life is sacred

      • TampaDink

        In their purview, every life is sacred up until said lives are outside of the womb.

  • Lazycrockett

    The Ryan bit is cute.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Phillip in L.A.

      lol

  • DaddyRay

    I love this UFO skit

    • safari

      And here I am missing it.

      • DaddyRay

        you must check out the video when posted

    • safari
      • safari

        Satire. Is. Dead.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          Again, I recommend Comedy Central’s “The President Show.”

          To the exclusion of 2nd-rate pikers like the writers at SNL.

          Because 30 minutes of all-Trump “comedy”.

          But unparalleled writing and ideas and laughter through tears. (Disclaimer: I don’t get Sam Bee’s show in my cable lineup.)

          • Reality.Bites

            There’s a cable service that gets Comedy Central but not TBS?

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Comcast “Digital Economy”.

            Economy, my ass.

            Since signing up,

            1) it has gone from $29.99 to $49.99
            2) If I want any HD, even local broadcast, I have to rent an HD-capable box for $10 a month.
            3) They’ve dropped all kinds of basic-ish channels from “Digital Economy” in the time I’ve had it: TCM, TBS, TNT, Vice, etc.

            In the end, my cable bill is $70/mo.

    • houstonray

      Every time they do it, one or more others start laughing and that makes me laugh even more. Kate McKinnon is a freakin treasure.

  • Lazycrockett

    Spoiler

    They all die in this movie.

    • safari

      “What is there are too many movies that made me sad to answer, Alex?”

    • houstonray

      OMG I just said to hubby, “that will have to be the most depressing ending to a movie. The entire cast is dead!”

      • safari

        Which movie? Add <spoiler> along with </spoiler> to cover it.

        • safari

          Or is this SNL?

          • Lazycrockett

            Only The Brave a story of firefighters who went to fight a fire got surrounded by the flames and all died.

          • safari

            Mixed feelings

    • Ninja0980

      Not the best movie then..

      • safari

        Status quo for Lifetime?

  • edrex

    gotta get me some “wokes.”

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but just talked to my cousin and she just saw her former homocon friend and his husband whom were home for a visit.
    Long story short, she told them both off like the useless doormats they are.
    Told her she did a good thing and that I taught her well.

    • safari

      Sad, but necessary. My grandmother worries that she’ll have to deal with a friend who has alienated all of her relations and friends because of herself.

      • Ninja0980

        All she can really do is cross her fingers and hope she doesn’t run into her.

        • safari

          If only it were that simple. She’s a very old friend — older than I am by at least twice — who has major doctors appointments in “town” as she lives “up north” where there are limited services. My grandma can’t say no to a call for help.

          • Ninja0980

            🙁 That does make it harder.
            In my cousin’s case, she still lives in CNY while they live in D.C.
            Easier to avoid that way.

  • DaddyRay
    • safari

      So, *that* is what twitter keeps posting.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Not me. Gosling is vastly overrated in my book.

      • safari

        He’s a cute blonde in my book.

      • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

        Ryan used to go to my old gym and I’ve seen him other places around town. I used to think the same as you, but not anymore. No sireeee. He has the “it” factor, oozes charisma and is HAWT AF. I also saw him at Target once and was turning heads from across the store. He has a magnetism that is rare, imo. trust.

        I contrast with Henry Cavill who is just the opposite. handsome but blah and blends in with us normals.
        https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/82088dff71c36c135e34a8e011450468f739a678d8460054bc20ff8b9cc63272.jpg

        • That_Looks_Delicious

          Ha. Strange that you would contrast Cavill and Gosling since to me they’re in the same category: great bods, somewhat handsome faces, good-but-not-great actors, very good looking without being especially sexy.

          Although I usually think pretty (or ‘too good-looking’) and sexy are somewhat at odds, I have exceptions. My latest fantasy is the Trivago spokesman, and I’ve always found Oscar de la Hoya hot, and those two are, I think, both very good-looking and very sexy.

          I guess sexiness is in the eye of the beholder.

          • Lazycrockett

            Henry has done some amazing work, just sucks that his superman is written so poorly.

          • Proud MOFO Beaner (bkb)

            But I’m not talking about looks or body. I’m talking about pure charisma, a magnetism, an aura. The time Ryan was at Target — everybody turned around and looked — old Russian ladies, Hasidic men, Mexican families, et al.
            You get the point. I don’t even think most people recognized home as he was not that famous back then. I’ve never experienced that with anyone else.

            I did meet oscar once a long time ago. Yes he was hot too. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/38088b9cc577586e68113f675d3e1bd03bdb89ef57994709e9ff31d823061a9f.jpg

          • Silver Badger

            There is something about a sexy man in fishnet and heels that causes…shrinkage. Of course I speak only for myself.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            OMG, I am SO into the Trivago guy.

            It’s not healthy.

    • JCF

      Every person??? Speaking for myself…and Kate…

  • DaddyRay

    SNL is awesome tonight – not really into the musical guest though

    • edrex

      uhnh!

  • safari

    Why must brewers say to themselves: “You know what would make this excellent product great? Letting it sit in whiskey barrels.”

  • houstonray

    Love me some Queen Bey(once) but could do without listening to her husband.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Once caught an hour’s worth of a Jay-Z set, headlining an arena. As rap acts go, he’s singularly thrilling in concert.

  • Lazycrockett

    I pour one out to Drunk Uncle who I will miss.

  • MikeBx2

    Due to a retweet I’m just now seeing this. Good for Carl…
    https://twitter.com/carlreiner/status/914253507946987521

  • gaycuckhubby
    • safari

      He bothers me since he’s a conservative and a former CIA employee. This said, I’d rather he be in charge.

      • safari

        …even, and especially, over Pence.

        • gaycuckhubby

          TBH, I would consider him over a celebrity candidate like Oprah or Tom Hanks

          • safari

            You’ve got a good point. I only know of him as he *was* the exception.

      • “He seems nice” is a phrase that Evan can easily earn, whereas with Donald its only accurate application must needs be dripping with sarcasm and bitter irony.

  • houstonray

    “It’s Puerto Rico, not Skull Island…” ha!!!!!!!!!!

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      It’s an island in the ocean. And it’s an ocean…. with water in it. “A lot of people don’t know that.” Trump be educating.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    WFMU 91.9 in Jersey City opened their performance space (on Montgomery Avenue) and called it “Monty Hall”. It is today STRICTLY referred to as “Montgomery Hall”, going on several months, but some DJs still slip up.

    • I’m just grateful it’s Scotty or Montgomery Scott and not Monty Scott, because that would be intolerable.

      • Lumpy Gaga

        Robert Montgomery Scott was a regular at my first waiting job. His mother was said to be the basis for “The Philadelphia Story”. Very nice guy.

        • whollyfool

          Interesting! I love that movie.

  • Lazycrockett

    “cheap cracker.”

    • safari

      Saltine?

  • Lazycrockett

    Weekend Update is on FIRE.

    • DaddyRay

      My favorite part of the show as well as the opening and UFO skit

  • Imma gonna have to head out for a bit because our DirecTV went out during a fast-moving thunderstorm about 45min ago. It’s back, but I’ll have to wait for the SNL rebroadcast at 11:30MDT.

    • Ninja0980

      See you then!

    • safari

      Thunderstorm?

      • Some big fast-movers. Close to half an inch in about 15 minutes. Seems to have mostly passed. TV’s working again, but I’m trying to avoid too many SNL spoilers.

        JUST started watching McKinnon & Baldwin’s cold-open, and suddenly it was “Signal Lost on Sat 1”

  • Lazycrockett

    I have to say I’ve always liked the Thor movies and this new one looks like its gonna kick Ass.

    • DaddyRay

      It certainly doesn’t hurt that is SEXY

  • Ninja0980
    • safari

      The drum beats to wartime devastation worry me.

    • Lazycrockett

      Hopefully Ron Johnson will soon burn in HELL.

      • safari

        Hell only matters to them when they are telling others about it.

      • William

        Let him live behind a dumpster for a few years first.

    • leastyebejudged

      A Senator has no business telling HS students anything.

    • Richest nation on the planet folks, but you only get the basic necessities of human life if you DESERVE the privilege and have enough money to buy them.

      Funny how many other countries manage it without requiring every citizen to work until they die.

      • Ninja0980

        And yet so many of these people let their hate vote against their own interests again and again.

    • JCF
  • houstonray

    OK this chicken sketch has dropped SNL in the great episode points by a large margin….

    • DaddyRay

      Yup

    • Hue-Man
      • leastyebejudged

        THIS was amazing television, truly under-rated.

      • Phil2u

        The Rooster Man stripper skit was one of the funniest things I have ever seen.

      • matrem

        Just saw Scott Thompson in person doing live commentary on the Fifty shades Darker movie and he was fantastic!

  • Ninja0980

    As others have said, this sketch just killed the good vibes SNL had going.

    • Lazycrockett

      The last half hour always goes sideways.

      • houstonray

        yep, after weekend update, it’s usually downhill. Occasionally there will be one good one scattered in but it seems the burn up all the good stuff in the beginning.

      • safari

        “exploratory”

      • safari

        Once upon a time, I lived with a wonderful woman in the extreme burbs of LA. We spoke of SNL. She told me that when it premiered everyone watched it on weed in her native Ohio. Years later I downloaded the pilot with George Carlin starring and the Muppets having a slot. As the credits rolled, the producers had everyone’s middle name be (with quotes) “Bud”. I understood something that day.

  • safari
    • SoCalGal20

      BUT TRUMP SAID EVERYTHING WAS GOING GREAT AND THE MAYOR OF SAN JUAN IS LYING

  • Lazycrockett

    Why is Gal Gadot on everything this week?

    • safari

      Because I haven’t heard of her yet?

      • houstonray

        Wonder Woman. 🙂

        • safari

          I know of her acting, but I am bad with names.

          • houstonray

            As a young gay man, growing up, I was in love (young gay love, ha) with Lynda Carter. My how times change….

            https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9efcccf1745294781848b7d6e3ea68fcd1d65ea14483ee08fdcc15a37cb7ee39.jpg

          • safari

            As a youth, my mother let me watch horror movies. I’m ashamed to discuss Emilio Estevez.

          • 1970s me: “Wonder Woman makes me feel all squidgy. I don’t know why.”

            2017 me: “I would so do Wonder Woman. Like, sploosh.”

          • William

            Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman was how I knew I didn’t like women ‘that way’. All my friends thought she was so hot. I preferred watching professional baseball players scratch themselves.

          • houstonray

            It was funny, I had posters of Wonder Woman, Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, Cher, Dolly Parton, etc, but also Lee Majors, Starsky and Hutch, Superman, CHiPS, Greg Evigan, etc. I liked the women because they were strong and diva like but I was attracted to the men.

        • safari

          Thank you

    • greenmanTN

      I thought she did a good job in Wonder Woman and the Amazons are pretty kick-ass.

      https://youtu.be/bIfPq3biW_o

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but since they just had this episode on..
    Why did Murder, She Wrote make it so the only victim who survived a murder attempt be an unlikable *#(@ who fell prey to her own blackmail scheme?!

    • safari

      Because evil used to pay and we all thought that was good?

    • “After years of seemingly coincidental yet almost weekly killings—some of them in decidedly bizarre circumstances—in and around the seaside town of Cabot Cove, author Jessica Fletcher was finally indicted.

      When asked for comment, Sheriff Mort Metzger and Deputy Andy Bloom both expressed dismay they could have spent nearly a decade working in close proximity to a prolific serial murderer. Former Cabot Cove Sheriff Amos Tupper said, ‘I always knew something was off about that woman. I mean, she’s a murder mystery writer and people died near her. Constantly. Yet somehow she always knew how and why. That’s why I retired in 1988 and got the hell out of that cursed little village.’

      Doctor Seth Hazlitt, believed possibly to have been accessory to Fletcher’s decades-long murder spree, has disappeared. Whether he’s on the lam or is deceased also is not known at this time.”

      • William

        Cabot Cove had a higher murder rate than Mogadishu.

        • But much better restaurants and shops.

          • Ninja0980

            And a nice small town feel to it.

          • As long as one avoids all the random corpses.

      • Hue-Man

        Another area to avoid is Midsomer; I’ve never understood why the locals don’t just flee those high murder capitals… I would suspect the Barnaby family as serial killers, too. (Sykes not so much)

  • Lazycrockett

    Doesn’t Keenan always do this type of bit yearly.

    • houstonray

      Seems like it.

  • Cuberly

    Such a magical distillation of Silly Valley.

    “On the day Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg gives his congressional testimony, we can expect him to play the naïf, a role that fits the contour of his personality as tightly as his usual T-shirt. Visualize, if you can, Zuckerberg going wide-eyed and then gulping out this opening statement:

    Senator Burr, Ranking Member Warner, Members of the Committee. Thank you for inviting me to appear before you today to discuss the 3,000-plus politically divisive ads we sold to Russian customers for $150,000. I’d love to gossip about all the wild noises sounding from the upstairs cathouse at Facebook, but heck, I just play the piano in the parlor.”

    Read this article.

    http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2017/09/30/jack-shafer-swamp-diary-facebook-twitter-election-interference-215660

  • Lazycrockett

    i think overall its was a pretty decent premiere of SNL. Only Chicken and Pizza Hut were meh.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      I watched with my jaw on the floor: “Have these people NEVER SEEN Chicken Lady from KITH?”

      • Karl Dubhe

        What did they do?

        ‘hackles rising’

  • Ninja0980

    O/T but for anyone wanting to look at leaves in NY, this week will be peak in the Catskills.
    The rest of the state still has another week or two to go.
    Luckily, the heat wave didn’t the fall leaf change too bad.
    So anyone that wants to come to our state in the next two to three weeks, feel free!

    • JCF

      Ah, Eastern forest leaf-peeping: something I miss.

  • Cuberly
    • Cuberly
      • Ninja0980

        Nope.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        The problem is that it seems the what few “don’t be a dick” pronouncements religion in general have, people seem to ignore 364 days of 365 days of the year. 364 days of the year, they’re all “me, me, me, mine, mine, mine.” Special days of the year to think about stuff. . . it just doesn’t seem to matter outside those special days.

        • JCF

          I think that’s true of humans, broadly. Those whose personal philosophies boil down to “don’t be a dick” engage in a whole lot of dickishness on a regular basis.

        • Cuberly

          So how many disaster mitigation firms have they hired?

          My guess is at least a few. Obviously the first thing to do is to rework Zuck’s public image.

          How do you transform an avaricious libertarian ego maniac, someone that would stab his grandmother in the face if it mean’t he’d maintain his reputation as a prophetic genius, into someone that kisses puppies and sleeps on the backs of unicorns as he effortlessly alleviates world hunger and all of human suffering.

          Looking at the tea leaves, FB is gearing up for a youuuuuge public relations makeover. Cuz they’re Fuuuuuuucked.

      • Lazycrockett

        Oh Fuck Off.

      • The Russians were paying in motherfucking rubles to run FB ads which were pro-Trump and anti-Clinton.

      • That_Looks_Delicious
  • blackstar
  • https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/520877672059379713

    Those poor women. The OB/GYN and reconstructive surgery bills must be horrendous.

    • That_Looks_Delicious

      Trump’s dad had dementia.

      • Reality.Bites

        42 years with Trump before drinking himself to death?

        A man of rare endurance.

        • yes b’y

          may we all last as long

      • Silver Badger

        Evidently, the man disgraced the family by going in to trade. Can you imagine the pain he caused them by flying airplanes?

    • JT

      Drumpf has reverse Midas complex. He thinks everything he touches turns to gold, but it really turns to shit, so he believes shitty things are gold.

  • Cuberly

    Donnie’s Puerto Rico response thus far.

    All under control.

    Nope.

    https://twitter.com/HoldThisBeer/status/914185698630000641

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • agcons

      I’m surprised he hasn’t blocked you and Jean-Marc. I don’t want this to happen, of course, but it still amazes me.

      I reached the saturation point with that idiot months ago. Not even his appalling behaviour with respect to the horror in Puerto Rico surprises me. What a world.

      • Rebecca Gardner

        I really can’t believe I’ve not been blocked yet either. He really is completely fucking insane and I’ll remind him of it every day.

        • agcons

          Excellent!

        • TuuxKabin

          Would ja’? Thanks. I love the “what’s wrong with you?” Another favorite of mine is “why are you SO mean?”

          Keep it up. Maybe he’ll block you yet.

        • jerry

          I think there was already a case headed to court, that his Twitter account was now considered public record, and that he wouldn’t be allowed to block anyone. Hadn’t heard what happened with it, but I don’t think anyone’s been blocked for a number of months.

  • blackstar
  • medaka
    • barrixines

      Just one more gun casualty in the US…

    • TuuxKabin

      How ghastly.

    • Bj Lincoln

      I hope he is ok. His family lives about a mile from mine. We all went to schools together.

  • blackstar
  • barrixines
    • Silver Badger

      They had best be careful. The Spanish have a history of that repression stuff.

      • barrixines

        The running total of injured now stands at over three hundred. I don’t care where people stand on the legitimacy of this referendum but when a government turns the police and their rubber bullets onto its own people for the simple act of placing a vote in a ballot box, that government has lost its moral authority.

        • Silver Badger

          It’s even worse when a religion does it.

  • barrixines
    • Bj Lincoln

      Welcome to OHIO! This place is not far from my hometown. I am not surprised one bit.

      • barrixines

        Being a city boy I have always believed bestiality is probably more of a rural thing but I have no idea if that’s actually true. Getting caught more than once suggests a compulsion and all I can say is if he can’t stop himself at the very least he could get a much bigger dog.

        • Silver Badger

          I hope there was no actual insertion involved. On the bright side, there has never been a documented case of a man having sex with a cat.

    • Ernest Endevor

      Continuing a proud Pilgrim tradition. I just hope they didn’t hang the dog.

  • Monty. i did enjoy the show. RIP.

    96 is so long i can’t even remember how to type it. dad went out at 70. maybe a little early for some, but 96? um, no. forgive me if this is an unpopular opinion on this blog. i am often a minority viewpoint. still, i have no interest in life at 96. i’ve cared for too many babies and bedridden to want that for myself. 85 sounds about right, maybe even 75 like g’pappy, for the Big One. when i pray to Hubisag*, that’s what i pray for. a quickee MI sounds nice, or passing off in sleep.

    *TWoWaP

  • CB

    I spent several days working with him just after his daughter made a sensation I. “Into the Woods.” He was a proud dad and one of the most gracious and congenial celebrities I ever worked with. Truly a memorable and tireless worker.

  • blackstar
  • JT
    • bambinoitaliano
      • Mikey

        My Raoul does that EVERY morning, and every night. He NEEDS his morning and bedtime kisses.
        It’s always a gentle “paw on the mouth” gesture.

        • barrixines

          I think you’re a plant from the Cat Protection League and the above pic is CGI. That is not how cats wake you up. They scratch at the bedroom door from five in the morning until they learn how to leap at the door handle and open it themselves then they come careening into the bedroom shoot under the duvet sink their teeth into your toes and their claws into the balls of your feet. Then when it gets you with one eye awake it will leap up onto your chest for some chin scratching. If you fail to scratch said chin every thirty seconds for the next two hours until the alarm goes off it will hook its claw into your nipple until you do as you are told.

          I think it’s important to tell the truth about these things.

          • Mikey

            :-0

            that’s a gremlin, not a cat!!!

          • Silver Badger

            Do’t forget the yowling.

    • djcoastermark

      My Sammy, sadly now gone, used to do that every morning. So gentle, but sooo annoying when I wanted to sleep in. Best dog ever !

  • DaddyRay

    For those who missed it – SNL posted the full video of the “Another Close Encounter – SNL” skit

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kELDEdMbkyg

  • Karl Dubhe

    Morning all.

    O/T WTF happened here last night? The city police are howling about terrorism, I’m thinking of howling about idiot cops doing a high speed chase thru the downtown core. Good thing no one was actually killed.

    http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/jasper-downtown-edmonton-pedestrians-struck-1.4315545

  • SoCalGal20
  • BeaverTales

    96, wow! Did he take good care of himself or was he just lucky? Were they a good 96 years or did he suffer at the end?

    I want to write a blog about aging: “24 Life hacks for aging and retirement” lol….or something in that ballpark.

    Because I know almost nothing about how to live a long life except being born with the right genes and making enough money to live the life you want and then (unlike Tom Price) living below your means..

    • Karl Dubhe

      If you want to live a long life, then you need to get a job that has a defined pension at a company that will be around and willing to keep on paying you 25+ years after you’ve stopped working for them.

      Good luck with that, you’d better be under 30 and be willing to work for that one company until you retire too.

      Or win the lottery. 🙁

      • BeaverTales

        Failing winning the Lotto, or scoring a job with a startup that will give you great pension benefits for life……….you can make food financial and philosophical/existential decisions that benefit you both now and later.

        Spoiler: delayed gratification might be involved.

        Some things to keep in balance when making decisions are needs/wants/creature comforts vs. expectations. Try to be a statistician: always consider acts, events, outcomes and payoffs when making probabilistic decisions..

        • Karl Dubhe

          True enough, but if you live long enough you’re nearly certain to run into a financial catastrophe. One where the insurance might decide not to pay out, and be able to get away with it.

          I wasn’t talking about startups either. 🙂 You’d want to get a nice union position, or managerial position, at a large traditional company; an oil company, or a manufacturing company that’s been around for a century or so. There aren’t many of those careers left though. 🙁

    • Ernest Endevor

      Don’t drink alcohol. Don’t ingest any form of sugar that can be avoided. Eat fruit and vegetables. Don’t eat meat. Don’t smoke. Exercise every day. Don’t watch Downton Abbey. Avoid Florida.

      • Silver Badger

        Don’t do anything that might be fun and don’t eat anything that might taste good. You may not live longer, but it will feel as if you did.

        • Ernest Endevor

          Or just move to Philadelphia.

          (PS. I stopped with the alcohol and sugar and lost 25lbs and look fabulous.)

  • Josh Shapiro

    Um, I thought this article was supposed to be about the death of the legendary, beloved Monty Hall, not that sick-son-of-a-bitch; is there really any need to invoke his name in this? Plus, his daughter Joanna Gleason is a respected and accomplished actress in her own right; surely, she deserves more than just being referred to as “a daughter.”

    • JT

      NY Times article:

      Mr. Hall is survived by a show-business family: two daughters, Joanna
      Gleason, a Tony Award-winning actress, and Sharon Hall, a television
      executive; a son, Richard, a producer who won an Emmy for “The Amazing
      Race”; a brother, Robert Hall, a lawyer; and five grandchildren. His
      wife of almost 70 years, the former Marilyn Plottel, an Emmy
      Award-winning television producer, died in June.

  • worstcultever

    I forgot to say, Monty Hall was fun and he contributed to giving us the awesome Joanna Gleason. RIP and condolences to Joanna and other family & friends.

    Just like the other day I neglected to say, yes Hef did some good shit in the 60s but at the moment I was just annoyed at his decades of cartoon pajama crapola.

    /personal comment housekeeping

  • Leo
    • Treant

      Given the amount of Twatting, he knows he sucks at it and is trying to convince himself first, followed by his remaining posse. Said posse is getting a little smaller every day…

    • barrixines

      The people would bow down in front of you Donald but they are mindful of getting in the way of your putt.

    • SoCalGal20

      I want to get “politically motivated ingrate” put on a shirt.

      In an unrelated topic, regardless of whether this vote was stoked/supported by Russia I don’t think the Spanish police’s brutal treatment of people attempting to vote in Catalonia is going to motivate those people to stop wanting to vote for independence. (Please note that I don’t know much of anything about the political particulars, I’m just referring to the images and videos of the abusive treatment by Spanish police that I’m seeing.)

      https://twitter.com/ian_fraser/status/914447910129029122

    • Ken M

      http://status.pr These numbers are from the Gov. of Puerto Rico, you remember him, Trump referred to him as “Ricky.”

  • SoCalGal20
  • Leo

    OT. This shouldn’t surprise anyone, but the short article’s still must-read. Bossert’s Puerto Rico PR counter-offensive has leaked and it’s a doozy.
    https://twitter.com/axios/status/914486824327892994

  • Tomcat

    Just shows what a low stress easy job can do for your lives.
    Vanna will be turning letter into her 80s.

  • another_steve

    Any statisticians out there watch the “The Monty Hall Problem” video Joe posted above? What do you think?

    It just doesn’t “ring” right to me – but then again, I’m not a statistician.

    • Phillip in L.A.

      There is a lengthy discussion downthread

      • another_steve

        Thanks. I took a look.

        It still makes no intuitive sense to me. I’m wondering whether this is an example of people abandoning intuition and common sense in favor of a computer model that looks good on paper but is in fact bullshit.

  • TheManicMechanic

    Saint Peter: Gate number one, Gate number two, orrrrrr, Gate. number. three…

  • stevenj

    Loved the shows with Carol Merrill – who perfected the art of product massage with her deft hand movements. Seriously, so glad Buzzr TV is on OTA TV (we don’t have/want cable) and have been able to watch Let’s Make a Deal while eating dinner with the hubby. Plus all the other old shows I thought I’d never see again (except on YouTube).

  • leastyebejudged

    I count myself super fortunate to have lived during the television age.

  • Mike Knife

    I hope he chose the right door.