TWO HILARIOUS BOWLING MATCHES
Gabe Kaplan & Charles Nelson Reilly vs Shelley Berman & Norm Crosby
Gabe Kaplan & Norm Crosby vs Pat Harrington & Shelley Berman
We’re not sure you could get celebrities to wear triple-tone bowling shoes nowadays, but during the disco-crazed ’70s, it was game on!
Celebrity Bowling was produced in Los Angeles at KTTV (Channel 11) and the series was so popular (January 16, 1971 to September, 1978) it ran for eight years. Each week, two-person teams competed on regulation size bowling lanes that were actually installed in the studio.
The rules of the game were known as “best ball”—each team members would take a shot on their own lane. If neither hit a strike, then whomever rolled the worse shot would try to pick up a spare on their partner’s lane. Winning teams garnered prizes (better accumulated score equaled better bounty) for audience members both present and sitting at home. Fabulous gifts included appliances and even new automobiles.
Hilarity usually came in two flavors: celebs that took their game waaaay too seriously; and lighthearted joking aimed at one’s partner or opponent. Of course, some people had a better sense of humor than others.