Two Match Games’ Head to Head Match

For optimal effect, prior to playing back the clip, above, read the set up, below…

Sadly, Gene Rayburn’s most popular incarnation of Match Game (1973 – 82), eventually, met an untimely death, mostly due to (likely avoidable) circumstances that had been beyond the control of the program’s bigshots.

Alas… Mr. Rayburn and his original panelist regulars… Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly and Richard Dawson… along with staff announcer, Johnny Olson, have all since left us. One can only hope that their Earthly, witty personalities and heady chemistry live on in eternity… that these qualities have also made for a perfect, head to head match with their Maker.

In other words… what we speak of are five Matches Made in Heaven.

Fortunately, we now have a match made on Earth, too.

Since 2016, emcee Alec Baldwin and his writers… the kindred spirits of Rayburn and his clairvoyant writers… have been wittily building upon that bygone game show’s sturdy foundation, inclusive of updating the original, fake Dumb Donald.

Yes indeed, Real Dumb Donald scenarios play out regularly.

And, to be sure, panelist Rosie O’Donnell and her ongoing social media war with the Real Donald, can only add to the hilarity.

So, with all of these above-mentioned, up in heaven matters now duly noted, let’s scroll up to view our clip.


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Dumb Donald’s Feet (Feats?)

For optimal enjoyment, prior to viewing the above clip, read onward…

From 1973 thru 1982, Match Game’s staff writers… endowed with cleverness and flirting with clairvoyance… were supplying emcee Gene Rayburn with a slew of fill-in-the-blank, off-beat scenarios for him to recite to the celebrity panelists, contestants and studio / TV-Land audiences.

Such storylines were inclusive of their fake character, Dumb Donald, who they portrayed as the hapless man stumbling clumsily and cluelessly through life… uh… not unlike how today’s Real Donald has been stumbling clumsily and cluelessly throughout his public and private life.

Let’s consider the specific “story problem” which “today’s” contestant Patty Currier will need to solve…

“Dumb Donald is really dumb. He’s so dumb, when he bought a pair of
saddle shoes, he was upset because they didn’t come with ________.”

Of course, the responses everyone, eventually, does come up with, don’t take into account how the saddle shoe is only called that because the styling resembles a saddle on a mount.

That duly noted, the big question becomes…

How do Dumb Donald’s footwear issues tie into the Real Donald’s probs? Well this does run the full gamut… ranging from silly to serious. Let’s check out two of his past “feats”, one he yearns to complete and one which freedom lovers, worldwide, hope to see him live out, once his Democratic rival trounces him come Election Day.

• Who could ever forget his ascent to Air Force One… uh… with paper stuck to his shoe… perhaps toilet paper?

• Then there was his descend the ramp dilemma due to his shoes with slippery soles.

• Seeing how the Real Donald lives vicariously through his militant goons, who wage war against peaceable protestors exercising their 1st Amendment rights, no videos featuring him decked out in hobnailed boots are available… uh… so far.

• What all decent folks would really like to witness is the high on his horse, Real Donald, lacing up his saddle shoes, saddling up and riding out into the sunset… to be never heard from again!

The End!

Whoa! Hold your horses, folks!

We’ve yet to playback our Match Game clip. So, let’s now give a listen to contestant Patty’s response! She only needs to match one celeb to win the game…