Charles Nelson Reilly on Match Game yesterday - was he drunk or what?
The contestant was standing center stage with Gene Rayburn and out of nowhere CNR comes down and hands him 9 of his cards taped together into a large square, with a bad drawing of the contestant on it and some unintelligible title. He announced that it was supposed to be a fictional record album cover. No one seemed to have the faintest idea what it was all about but laughed politely until Charles went back up to his corner. Anyone see this? Was he blotto, do you think?
yesterday is was unfortunately dead
Of COURSE he was drunk, OP! We ALL were! Sheesh!
Shut UP, Richard!
Speaking of drunk, ladies of the audience, may I present R1?
Looked like he smuggled a Long Island Tea at the beginning when Brett bitched about his drink tucked away next to her feet. She showed the glass.
I think some of them drank but most of them you can see them smoking cigarettes while on air.
Was he drunk?
No he was just infested with AIDS of the brain.
Is "Brett" equally a female name as it a male one?
To my ears, it's like a woman being called "Butch" or "Bruce".
Attention Illiterate at R10:
Most famous and well-known Brett of all:
Lady Brett Ashley in "The Sun Also Rises"
CNR was fabulous, he was a product of that era....damaged goods....yet, he rose above it.
He died not that long ago. Indeed they ALL drank on the show. They would film all five shows for a week at once, and you can tell that the whole panel is always MUch loopier by the end of the week's run.
In 1970s Hollywood, drinking on the set was fairly common, and it wasn't really a big deal as long as the actors could hold their liquor and didn't get sloppy. It was a totally different time.
They were wasted a lot of the time.
"I mentioned that we would discuss the greatest decision Match Game producers ever made, and here it is: Time to talk about drunken panelists. Far and away the thing that allowed Match Game to flourish was allowing some of the panelists (especially the regulars) to be sloshed on camera. Even if they didn’t explicitly tell them to appear drunk on the panel, letting it happen is more than enough. Not too long ago, This Was Television’s own Andy Daglas put it best when he tweeted (in the midst of a discussion about the 'drunk scale'): 'I go by the scale of Draper > Norm > Franklin Sherman > Otis > Match Game panelist.' It doesn’t even matter who else is included on the list, 'Match Game panelist' will always be the pinnacle of TV drunkenness. Fortunately, this only heightens the humor coming from a group of already skilled comedians. This is such a difference compared to the present day, when some public appearances elicit so many 'That was a train wreck! Were they drunk?' responses on social media they end up skewing more towards embarrassing instead of purposefully funny (See: Eastwood, Clint). On Match Game, inebriated guests were just another variable added to increase the entertainment rather than an obstacle in the way of it."
Thank you, r15. From now on the bar has been raised. Now no longer "drunk as a skunk" will suffice. One must become as "drunk as a Match Game panelist from the 70's".
you just gotta love Patty Duke Astin on the match game
One of the sadder examples of CNR appearing drunk on MG occurred later in the run. He had left the show a few weeks earlier to go to NY to appear in a Broadway play. But the play was a flop that closed almost overnight. Brett and others were kidding him about it, but you could see from his withdrawn demeanor that he was none too happy to have to return so soon to the dreary reality of doing game shows.