Trivia / Showoffs


  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • The host of the pilot, Larry Blyden, had previously wrapped up a three-year run as host of the syndicated Whats My Line
    • Series host Bobby Van later went on to do The Fun Factory for NBC (1976) and the syndicated revival of Make Me Laugh! (1979-80).
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: The "clang" heard for correct guesses was later used on Family Feud.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: Only the pilot and November 28 seem to exist, the latter having a notable incident where celebrity guest Dr. Joyce Brothers injures herself.
  • What Could Have Been: Blyden was killed in a Morocco car accident a few days before the show was to begin taping. Rather than air repeats of Password (which Showoffs was to replace), have Goodson-Todman do more Password, have Hatos-Hall do more Split/Second (which was ending the same day as Password), or give Lipp-Greenberg's The Big Showdown (which was ending the week after Password) a reprieve...ABC decided that Showoffs would go ahead anyway, re-editing network promos to remove any trace of Blyden.
    • This might not have been for the best. While by all indication all involved had a good time on-camera, according to announcer Gene Wood in a 1996 phone interview: "That was such a strange situation; the program has so much sadness attached to it."