Bill Cullen and Bob Barker were quite infamous for being Deadpan Snarkers, and Drew Carey is a comedian. Further, the original 1956-65 series aired live on the East Coast.
So naturally, The Price Is Right has created a ton of Funny Moments.
- On a handful of occasions, a contestant that has bid $1 higher than the person before them will have the next person bid $1 higher than them. On one such occasion, Drew quipped "So how does it feel?" to the second bidder.
- Or when the opposite happens and a contestant who bid, say, $899 gets one-upped by another contestant bidding $900, only to find out their bid was on the nose, meaning they get a $500 bonus while the punk who pulled that cheap shot gets to wallow back to their seat.
- There have been times when it is revealed that someone made a perfect bid...just after somebody else bid $1.
- Double Showcase Winners. Most contestants will bid conservatively, limiting how often these big wins come along... but when they do, the reaction on their faces is always spectacular.
- Sometimes invoked whenever a contestant plays a pricing game very badly but still wins.
- Any time a pricing game is played for a trip to the place the contestant lives.
- Occasionally, a contestant whose name is called will head directly for the stage, bypassing Contestant's Row. This is always played for laughs. The Bob Barker section below has some memorable examples.
- The classic Losing Horns can give you a few giggles.
- Drew complained about Cover Up having a pointless price at the start because it's obviously wrong. So one day the producers trolled him with pictures of himself and from there on it has been a bunch of random things.
- Later into 2017, the producers started to use thematic naming in Grocery Game where all the groceries share one quality ("Sun", "Best", etc.)
- Drew's laugh. C'mon, you know it's contagious.
- December 1957 (nighttime): A contestant won two French poodles. When Bill asked the contestant if she spoke French, she said "Oui Oui!" To which Bill replied "Yes, yes, and the dogs do too!"
- Circa 1959 (daytime): A promotion for the Barnum & Bailey Circus had an elephant brought onstage, who then proceeded to relieve itself of its... um... "burden".Bill: Tune in on Monday, when we give equal time to the Democratic Party!
- March 18, 1959 (nighttime): Bill starts the show to answer viewer mail about what his younger days were like. He shows what he called a family portrait which was a stock family photo circa 1920 with Bill's face pasted over the photo's normal faces.
- January 27, 1960 (nighttime): The first IUFB was a King Midget car. As Don Pardo described it, he began to break up laughing because model Toni Wallace couldn't get the thing started. She finally did after the description and cruised the car to stop in front of the contestants. Bill assured the contestants that the car they win "will have a motor".
- June 29, 1960 (nighttime): Contestant Kenneth Jones returned after a week off, following a "Honeymooners Special".Bill: Did you see the show last week?
Kenneth: Yes, and I'm glad it was a special because I didn't get a damn-er, darn one right!
Bill: And you didn't start off well tonight, either!
- Jones won the first item, a dining room set, and got so excited he fell off his chair and the curtain, raised at the start to show the item, was lowered over him.Bill: Normally when somebody wins a prize I say "Here is your price tag", tonight that's changed - (to Kenneth) champion, here is your membership to the Blue Cross.
- Jones won the first item, a dining room set, and got so excited he fell off his chair and the curtain, raised at the start to show the item, was lowered over him.
- October 5, 1960 (nighttime): Bill entreated all the Yankees fans on the staff to give him his moment of glory as his team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, defeated New York in Game 1 of the World Series, 6-4 (the Pirates would win the series in seven games). The first IUFB was an ensemble of costume dresses modeled by 12 girls, all of whom surrounded Bill after being described. Bill passed on some sage advice to males across the country:Bill: When you bet on a team, it doesn't have to be for money.
- The first contestant, Paul Nordlund, saw the girls and this exchange took place:Paul: Holy cow, my wife is watching!
Bill: Holy wife, my cow is watching!
- The first contestant, Paul Nordlund, saw the girls and this exchange took place:
- December 25, 1961 (nighttime): A blooper which remained dormant until the episode resurfaced in August 2011 involved a bonus prize of an evening gown. As the model (June Ferguson) turned around to show the low-cut back, everyone could see a tear right at the "back" of the gown.Bill: Junie dear, your hair is lovely tonight, would you turn around again-let's see the back of your hair (she does so)-beautiful.
(June looks down, noticing the tear, and covers it up with a shocked look on her face)
Bill: To our wardrobe mistress here, I said "low cut", but don't overdo it! Junie, I'm sorry-don't catch cold!
- Bill then mentions that the contestant will have to have the gown repaired, and the show will send her to a seamstress they know...in Paris.
- November 26, 1962 (nighttime): The contestants were bidding on a dry heat sauna. Thomas Linge was the fourth contestant, and bid $1,300 on his first turn. Upon his second turn...Thomas: (to Bill) Does that take weight off you?
Bill: Um, I don't know if it takes weight off me, but...er, yeah, it takes weight off you.
Thomas: I think I'll freeze.
- (On the original Price, "freeze" meant the contestant wanted to stay at his/her current bid and was out of further play. The audience took Linge's comment as wordplay.)
- March 15, 1963 (nighttime): At the start of the show, Bill introduced the fourth contestant (Anthony Kochinski) and asked who he had in the audience to see him. His reply? "The original tranquilizer twins - my mother-in-law and my wife!"
- Later, Zip the chimpanzee had the audience rolling as he demonstrated a pair of roller skates as an IUFB (it had a bonus attached to it) - twice, Zip fell on his fanny.Bill: He practiced all day doing that!
- Later, Zip the chimpanzee had the audience rolling as he demonstrated a pair of roller skates as an IUFB (it had a bonus attached to it) - twice, Zip fell on his fanny.
- July 26, 1963 (nighttime): One of the last NBC episodes had Bill starting right off describing a bonus a contestant had won the previous week (a role as an extra in a movie) and followed that by going straight to the first IUFB. Somewhere during the prize description, it dawned on Bill that he forgot to interview the contestants.Bill: And everyone here in the theater knew it but me! The contestants knew it, the audience knew it...and now I'd like to introduce Hugh Downs who will come out and finish the show! note
- August 28, 1964 (nighttime): The third-to-last episode of the original nighttime series saw Bill plugging the then-current Home Game (Bid It Right: The Price Is Right Card Game), only to discover that the returning champ didn't get her second copy the previous week.Bill: This outfit gives away thousands of dollars worth of prizes and they are the chintziest bunch with this game! You know, I've been trying to get one for-let me see... (opens up the box and looks inside, then closes it back up again) ...I don't want it. Now, let me explain how the game is played - first of all, someone comes in here and takes my place.
- The first week of the revival (let alone the first episode) had several of these.
- September 4, 1972: Connie, the very first contestant to play a pricing game (that being Any Number), was loud and somewhat jumpy. Bob also had this little gem before the game:Bob: How would you like to be driving around in that [Chevrolet Vega] in your fur coat? Dragging your range behind you?!
- During the Showcase Round, Connie was the Top Winner and told Bob to his face that "I don't trust you!" Presumably, she thought the Showcase was akin to the Big Deal (Price and Let's Make A Deal were similar in some respects) and that she would lose her car and fur coat. Bob reassured her this was not the case. note
- Following the very first Showcase, which featured a trip to Acapulco:Bob: And you can get there in your new car-
Connie: You can't drive to Acapulco, can you?!
Bob: Sure you can! Just go out to the Pacific Ocean and turn left!
- September 8, 1972: Boo Boo Cooper, the second person ever to play Grocery Game, didn't completely understand its rules. Bob more than makes up for it.Boo Boo: (points to soy sauce) What is that?
Bob: (over audience laughter) This is soy sauce. Soy sauce.
Boo Boo: I never use this.
Bob: Trust me, it's great on the rocks.
- Her performance there caused the rest of the show to be somewhat rushed. She managed to get to the Showcase, and showed that she wasn't paying attention to Johnny Olson's prize descriptions:Boo Boo: Is that [trip to London] by plane, or boat?
Bob: By airplane.
Boo Boo: Is that just for me at one?
Bob: Is it for one or two? Two.
Boo Boo: Oh, good. Bring my boyfriend.
Bob: ..."Are the [six] clocks wound or unwound?" I know, I know...
- Her performance there caused the rest of the show to be somewhat rushed. She managed to get to the Showcase, and showed that she wasn't paying attention to Johnny Olson's prize descriptions:
- September 4, 1972: Connie, the very first contestant to play a pricing game (that being Any Number), was loud and somewhat jumpy. Bob also had this little gem before the game:
- Any time a contestant who is called down accidentally runs past Contestant's Row and onto the stage.
- 1990s: An extremely-excited lady named Ruby Jean ran right up in this fashion as she embraced Barker.Bob: Now, Ruby Jean? You wanna play a pricing game, don't you?
Ruby Jean: Yes! AAAIIIEEEHOOHOO!
Bob: And you wanna play it right now, don't you?
Ruby Jean: Yes! Yes! YES! OHHH!
Bob: (pointing to Contestant's Row) Will you explain to them why you get to play and they don't?
Ruby Jean: I'm up here. (realizes her mistake, then shrieks in embarrassment before scampering for Contestant's Row)
- A similar moment when a very old lady named Lily got called down and went up onstage next to Barker.Bob: Now you want to play a pricing game?
Lily: I'd love to.
Bob: Now, how am I going to explain it to these people down here [in Contestant's Row]?
Lily: Well, they're young and they'll understand.
- In the early 1980s, an old lady named Blanche:Blanche: I've watched you since Truth or Consequences!Bob: You did?Blanche: You know what, you still sleep with one leg off?Bob: Now, wait, just a moment...Blanche: You said that!Bob: Now, you've watched me ever since Truth or Consequences, and what did I say about my leg?Blanche: You said you sleep with a leg off the bed!Bob: That's... (laughs) I probably did say I sleep with one foot out from under the cover.Blanche: Well, I don't know, but that's what you said!
- 1990s: An extremely-excited lady named Ruby Jean ran right up in this fashion as she embraced Barker.
- In general, pretty much every time the show did something weird for April Fool's Day:
- 1974: A No Budget "Every Room In The House" Showcase with such "prizes" as paper plates and an eggbeater; the real Showcase was a Cadillac (or something similar). Apparently, the contestant who got this rare opportunity bid a mere $100 because "I didn't want to go over!"
- 1975: "Your Showcase begins with a new dining room!"...and goes downhill very quickly. (Clips of it were used in this 1976 promo.)
- 1976: A "Bicentennial Salute" Showcase (done sporadically during the 1975-76 period for obvious reasons) honoring Dr. John Barrett Clapinger (played by a very young Roger Dobkowitz), a famous American physician and author who had a wife and a mistress; the real Showcase was a Cadillac El Dorado.
- 1981: As Johnny Olson introduced Bob at the top of the show, Door #2 opened to reveal...a small stand with a white card reading "APRIL FOOL'S!" Bob was then shown making his very first audience entrance.
- 1983: Exciting Decorating Ideas For Your Home, where everything gets broken and "a one-of-a-kind classic reproduction of a 1964 Valiant" plows through a wall. The real Showcase was a pair of Chevrolet Camaros.
- 1987: The most blatant example of a Friggin' Random All-Trip Showcase, with said trips being to places that don't actually exist. The real Showcase was a pair of Ford Thunderbirds.Rod: From Hoosin, you'll fly to Miiskitt for a five-night and three-day stay at the beautiful downtown Hotel... Crappe, where you will be served occasionally as the waiter sees you, and have a chance to watch the incredible Festival of the Mask. Miiskitt, a little bit of heaven!
- 1988: A prank is played on Holly.
- 1999: A Showcase with six cars. Six toy cars, anyway. The real Showcase was three real Chevrolet Metros (which are small, but not that small).
- 2005: A Showcase where Teri plays some pranks...and then one gets played on the contestant for about two seconds.
- 1973, when it was still The New Price is Right: A contestant is about to play Clock Game and voices how she doesn't like the game and she wanted to play a new pricing game. Bob got "offended" and the rest is history.
- Circa 1974: A Range Game contestant named Saba pressed stop way too early and lost. Bob's interaction with him was classic.
- Circa 1975: A lady playing Shell Game asks her mother for help.
- Circa 1976: Patricia Bernard is the next contestant to "Come on down", but there's one problem: she's just gone to the little girl's room, so her husband rushes out of the studio to get her. The item up for bids afterwards? A waterbed!
- Bob alluded to this incident in the April 4, 1988 episode, when contestant Rita Scott seemed to have disappeared under similar circumstances.
- Circa 1983: The latest player called down to Contestant's Row is wearing a shirt that says he only came on the show to meet Holly. Upon noticing it, Barker has her come out from back stage to greet him. Once she leaves, Barker then (jokingly) instructs him to go back to his seat and asks Johnny to call out the next contestant.
- 1976: The Amana freezer incident.
- September 14, 1977: This episode featured the debut of Secret X...and opened with Yolanda Bowsley, a contestant whose tube top also "came on down". Bob had no idea what was going on, so after he made his entrance he saw the excessive amount of cheers and applause, got confused, misinterpreted it, and said things like "Whatever brought this, this is the way I want it from now on!" Bob would be informed of the incident after the first commercial break.Bob: Wait a minute! ...I know you all truly love me, but you don't really love me this much, do you?
Johnny: Bob, they have given their ALL for you!
- Before the second-to-last One-Bid, the contestant called down almost had a similar incident. Of this, Bob said that she was "the best thing to happen to this show since Yolanda!"
- Years later, Bob would hang a lampshade on the whole thing by saying "She came on down and they came on out!"
- September 4, 1978 (aired June 30): The debut of Shower Game, and the contestant begins taking his shirt off before Bob stops him.
- February 27, 1980: A funny segment all around, but Squeeze Play just isn't cooperating. And Bob insists on neatness.
- Right before this in the One-Bid, Bob went on a rant about how he accidentally pulled out the price out the envelope out of his coat pocket.Bob: Are you interested at all in my problems? (camera shakes left and right as if to say "No.")
- Right before this in the One-Bid, Bob went on a rant about how he accidentally pulled out the price out the envelope out of his coat pocket.
- November 10, 1980: The first Grand Game win (on the game's eighth playing), in which Pauline (a Samoan) chased Bob around the stage.Bob: I would have let you grab me sooner, Pauline, but I didn't want to have you pay for my hospital bills.
- Pauline would go onto the Showcase, and gave Bob a bearhug when she won. Bob then signed off saying "Goodbye forever!!" Samoans in general seemed to love Bob just a little TOO much...!
- 1981: A game of Cliff Hangers in which all sorts of things go awry - most notably, by the time the contestant reached the third small prize, a silverware set. Having already missed the first two items (a pair of women's shoes and a waffle iron) by a combined $24, the contestant guessed $61 as the silverware's MSRP. The mountain climber was shown falling off the cliff... but then the winning bells were heard; the silverware's price was revealed to be $62, just $1 off, meaning that the mountain climber should have stopped on the very last step. This causes Bob to bring Roger Dobkowitz out from behind the prop to give an explanation.Bob, to Roger: That's a stupid mountain climber, that's all I have to say!
- April 20, 1982: A contestant bid $1, thinking that her opponent had gone over; her opponent not only didn't overbid, but was a mere $9 off, winning both Showcases. This incident is a good example of why you shouldn't bid an intentionally-low amount in the Showcase, but to be fair there was little chance of her winning no matter what she bid.
- September 29, 1982: Holly vs. an uncooperative Gibson refrigerator.
- January 3, 1983: At the start of the show, Bob announces a new game that will pay out $25,000...in pesos.
- 1983: Race Game is played for season tickets to sporting events for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Kings, Lakers, and Raiders. It just happened to be played by a female contestant and:Bob: I always hope in this game when we have these tickets as prizes that we'll get a sports fan. She turned around to me and she said "What do the Kings do?"
- 1983: A contestant playing Card Game never has seen a deck of cards in his life, and it shows.
- February 8, 1983: An entire episode where pretty much everybody was drunk. Barker was the noticeable exception, he had Ovaltine. This was the last episode taped before the Christmas break, so it was probably some sort of inside joke.
- December 22, 1983: Toward the end of a Temptation playing, the concealer for the last number in the car's price was stuck partway. Bob tried pushing the button several times to no avail, then the contestant started hitting it herself; the concealer finally dropped upon her third or fourth hit, revealing that she had won.
- January 10, 1984: During the open, Johnny Olson called for Susan Derbeck. She, expecting to hear her future last name of Dupont, didn't stand up for 35 seconds. After she finally came down, Johnny introduced Bob, but he wasn't there...and didn't appear for 15 seconds.Bob: Welcome to The Price Is Right - if it's good enough for you, Susan, it's good enough for me!
- An almost identical situation played out on the June 3, 1998 episode when Rod Roddy called the name of Nicole Thorensen as the last of the first four contestants, and Rod kept calling for her for 68 seconds before moving on. Confusing things further, Bob Barker thought he heard Nicole's last name as Barrington. When the show returned from commercial, the matter was finally cleared up and Rod called for Nicole Thornburgh to come on down.
- February 8, 1984: Ethel.Ethel: I had a dream about you so I had to come down here.
Bob: What were we doing in the dream?
Ethel: You were chasing me in the hayloft.
- December 1984: An incident shortly after One Away debuted had Bob under the mistaken assumption that the "correct number" horns would be used after the contestant's second turn as well. Upon asking for the first horn, the standard bell sounded instead and the first number of the price was revealed; Bob, after asking if she had "one number right" (noting that the first number was already revealed). Bob continued to ask for horns, not noticing that the price reveal was continuing, until the price had been fully exposed.Bob: But... I wanted to ask for another horn!
- Making this a little weirder is that none of Bob's shenanigans were necessary - the game had been won immediately after the first number was revealed, as it was the only one left unchanged from the first turn.
- Christmas 1984: In a game of Pick a Pair, the contestant didn't make a match on his first try. Bob then told everyone the correct match and started explaining that he knows because the cards hiding the prices stick far out front that you could look in from above and see the price, then he realized that the contestant still had a second chance! Needless to say, the contestant won.
- January 25, 1985: The first item up for bid (a crystal castle) was stuck until being lowered after Johnny Olson repeated his "Come on DOWN!" Catchphrase.
- 1985: An older lady about to play Clock Game really didn't want a computer. Needless to say, very Hilarious in Hindsight; the title of the video even namechecks It Will Never Catch On.Contestant: I can't even balance my checkbook, what the hell am I gonna do with a computer?
Bob: After you make a remark like that, what the hell are we gonna do with no computers on this show in the future?
- September 13, 1985: Bob asks a contestant to read the name of the new pricing game Bump. She mispronounces it as "Blump".
- Circa 1986: A key gets stuck in Master Key. Bob gives it a karate kick, breaking it in half.
- August 21, 1986: On the second primetime special, the fourth number accidentally revealed itself during Lucky $even. As the contestant had been asked to give the third number, and the fifth was revealed at the outset, this resulted in a win. (The fact that the last number was revealed at the outset during an era of $10,000 cars, which in turn meant the player really only had to guess three numbers, didn't help matters.)
- October 6, 1986: The Shell Game cheating incident had several of these through Bob - his reactions to the contestant (Deborah) and, later, playing up the rather anticlimactic reveal. Upon winning her first chip, she lifted one of the four shells (which didn't have the ball under it), and saw that the ball wasn't there. After Bob scolded her, she put her chip next to the shell she just looked under, to which Bob said that she was sweet for doing it but added "that's dumb" and had her place the chip elsewhere. After Deborah won the last two chips (and marked all the shells except the one she lifted), the audience applauded the upcoming win. ("You know, I'm pretty sure she's won this!").Bob: You know, you've ruined my show. You've ruined my game. This [reveal] would be exciting, but everybody knows the damn thing's not there! It's here, you win!
- Late 1986: A contestant playing Cliff Hangers misses the first two prizes by several dollars. After the second, the mountain climber accidentally moves up several fewer spaces than he was supposed to, before it is discovered that he should be on 24. Cue the contestant pricing the third prize exactly, then asking Bob "How the hell did I do that?!"
- 1987 (or thereabouts): Dian makes a Freudian Slip.
- October 15, 1987: During Bob's first gray hair day, Punch-A-Bunch was played. "No stone goes unturned" as Janice updates Bob's hair on the $10,000 bill using a white crayon.
- February 26, 1988: After the sixth IUFB was shown, Bob noticed that one of the books was a copy of The Encyclopedia of TV Game Shows. When he noticed that his picture wasn't on there...he ordered that book be thrown away.
- June 30, 1988: Before a playing of The Phone Home Game, Dian and Holly reveal the $15,000 top prize scroll, but the text is facing the wrong way. Bob is noticeably embarrassed.
- September 15, 1988: Rod Roddy gets through a Showcase skit full of tongue-twisters without slipping up once...then fluffs his own name at the end.
- May 17, 1989: Bob's reaction to first contestant Lynn, after winning a new car playing 3 Strikes after starting off with two strikes, beginning to run toward the back of the stage before correcting herself.Bob: "If she had gone that way, she'd have been on Young and Restless"
- Circa 90's: One of those mannequins doesn't look right...
- 1991: The fourth contestant's shirt says "LEAVE ME ALONE"...Bob does just that.
- But when that contestant doesn't want Bob to leave her alone, Bob has a solution: "Take your shirt off!"
- Followed by the contestant nonchalantly agreeing.
- But when that contestant doesn't want Bob to leave her alone, Bob has a solution: "Take your shirt off!"
- 1991: This hilarious playing of Lucky Seven.
- June 3, 1992: A small lady named Van grabs and hugs Bob so much before a Take Two playing.Bob: I think...I think...I think I've been mugged.
- November 30, 1992: A younger contestant named Cherish spins the Big Wheel backwards. Bob quickly stops the Wheel.Bob: Have you ever seen anyone spin in reverse?
Cherish: I wanted to be different!
Bob: Well, you were different. Now be normal.
- She then proceeded to spin the right way...and got the dollar.Bob: Do you know what she has done? I will be haunted with this for years to come - people'll come, they'll say "I wanna spin it backwards, then I'll get a dollar!"
- She then proceeded to spin the right way...and got the dollar.
- January 22, 1993: Rod calls down two long names - Ebunoloron Sims and Sathyanarayanan Ganysamyrthy.
- February 22, 1993: Holly and the dancing dummy.
- November 11, 1994: "Bob Barker saying, 'Goodbye, and hoping all your... prices are right!'"
- May 16, 1996: A destructive contestant plays Split Decision. Highlights include Bob throwing the "0" digit after it falls off its marker, only to have a second digit fall for the contestant's final guess.Bob: You know? I'm lucky to have survived this myself!
- August 23, 1996: From the 25th Anniversary primetime special, just after they show the clip of the contestant that bid $9,000 on a pair of surfboards, a contestant bids $12,000 on a Honda Rebel 250 motorcycle. note Bob: Anybody got a surfboard?
- January 20, 1998: A contestant playing Clock Game gave several slow, random guesses and, with about 15 seconds left, backed her way into the right answer of $749. Bob was stunned and sat down for a few seconds to "regain [his] composure".Bob: I hope you realize...that we are in the presence of a miracle!
- April 10, 1998: Before a One Bid, Rod calmly announces the next item up for bids as "a barbecue and a new car" instead of what it really is, a dinette group. Rod fails to maintain his composure during the reading of the prize.Bob: Roger, er, Rod?
Rod: Yes, Bob?
Bob: Would you a glass of water?
Bob: Or a glass of something?
- Funny still, when the next pricing game (2 for the Price of 1) and its prizes (the aforementioned pair) are revealed, Rod still hasn't fully regained his composure upon reading "a barbecue and a new car".
- February 11, 1999: Brian makes his first Clock Game bid on a dinnerware set - $89, then $105. Bob soon caught on and reprimanded him for bidding so low on dinnerware. "You couldn't buy those saucers for $89!" Brian proceeded to bid $45, then claimed he said $485 when Bob asked for clarification. The game continued until Brian made a bid that sounded like "eight or nine hundred". Bob's stunned silence right before time runs out is priceless.Bob: Brian, what kind of a show do you think this is?
- February 24, 2000: You remember the yodeling song that plays during the game "Cliff Hangers", right? Well, it turns out, it's an actual song, and the contestant playing it that day, a man named Walter, is an actual yodeler! Instead of the tape playing the song, as usual, Walter yodels the song himself! After he wound up losing, he intentionally fell down quickly just as the mountain climber dropped from the cliff.
- March 10, 2000: Just as Bob is about to reveal the price of dinnerware that was offered as the first prize of the Clock Game, after the audience is specifically told not to help him show the price, an audience member yells out the exact price of the second prize (a treadmill worth $999) and thus has to be removed from the audience, and Bob's reaction is priceless:Bob: Ohhhh, please! Page, remove that man!
- November 1, 2000: The easiest playing of Ten Chances ever. (Oh, and a few minutes later? Automatically qualifies for the Showcase.)Bob: This young man has won a car, an oven, a shredder, and he's in the Showcase...and he has done nothing!]]
- The logical inverse was this playing on May 1, 2006, mostly because the contestant was a Brainless Beauty who staggered through every chance she was given. At the end, when she wins, Bob sits down in shock and starts talking away from his mic.Bob, off mic: "I can't believe it. I can't believe that happened. I can't believe it! I can't believe it..."
- The logical inverse was this playing on May 1, 2006, mostly because the contestant was a Brainless Beauty who staggered through every chance she was given. At the end, when she wins, Bob sits down in shock and starts talking away from his mic.
- The hilarious enthusiasm of a young man by the name of Aaron Paul.
- Any time the retired pricing game Penny Ante "helps" a contestant by having a card flip when it's not supposed to. A humorous example of Be Careful What You Wish For happened on January 14, 2002, after the contestant gave his first guess on the second item.Bob: We want a "Yes"!
(Bob hits the button with the contestant's guess on it, said price opens with a "No" accompanied by a buzzer, but the price next to it hiding "Yes" opens as well)
Bob: Well, we got a "Yes"! (laughs)
- January 21, 2002: A contestant gets one-upped for both of the first two one-bids and looks visibly pissed off. Bob says this to the offender.
- June 6, 2002: The big reveal in Flip Flop was averted by a stuck price cover. Although the price was revealed enough that the outcome was known, Bob and the contestant ended up ripping the cover in half, shaking the game board considerably in the process. Needless to say, it got repaired.
- October 2, 2003: Bob spins the Big Wheel for a wheelchair-bound contestant...and fails to get it all the way around. His response? "This is the most humiliating moment of my life." And then Bob hands the microphone to the contestant and spins the wheel with both hands.
- November 10, 2004: During a Showcase Showdown, Michael decides to propose to his girlfriend Rosie. As he's doing this, he gets the dollar from his spin, and he celebrates by balancing his ring on his nose.
- April 4, 2005: The Flip Flop cheater and Bob's reaction to him. Long story short, Brenton was playing for a digital piano, but couldn't figure out how to move the panels, and ended up pushing the button, revealing the correct price too early, making the game a moot. Bob, who was already disillusioned with Brenton for being a "slow moving young man" stormed off the stage, declaring he was going home and he would share the stage with "this troublemaker!!". Bob ultimately awarded Brenton the prize and sent him off the stage.
- October 4, 2006: In one playing of Take Two note with a low target price, the contestant's first chance involved two prizes that were individually well above the target price. Needless to say, she had no problem during her second chance, and Bob made the most out of this.
- On one known occasion, a contestant in Contestant's Row made a normal bid, followed by each successive contestant bidding $25 higher. Bob was disappointed to find out that all four contestants overbid.
- Bob Barker's introduction of the first Showcase contestant...Bob: Our top winner in the showcase is Gay!. (As in her name was Gay)
- Drew Carey himself whenever he is jumping up and down with a excited contestant. It's hard to tell if he is making fun of the jumper or not, but him jumping with the contestant is always funny.
- Sometimes, a contestant in either Contestant's Row or the Showcase will accidentally address their bid to Bob rather than Drew (though that's dropped off over time).
- March 19, 2008: A contestant in Contestant's Row bids $69, causing Drew into laugh uncontrollably. (The contestant's last name? Bummer.)
- April 1, 2008: "This Showcase is designed to make your life much easier!" Way too much Technobabble with two prizes nobody's ever heard of, plus a trip to Boguslovania. April Fool's! The real Showcase was a Corvette convertible.
- October 13, 2008: Drew has his own problems with Flip Flop.
- October 14, 2008 (aired October 7): Rich Fields inhaled helium as part of a Showcase skit, then inhaled it again for his sign-off. Part of it was seen and discussed on The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson.Craig: That's why you do well in this country. That's a great show. You got a hot-looking girl, a couple of great motorcycles, and a guy inhaling helium. There's no more entertainment possible!
- 2009-13: April Fool's Day got much weirder following the departure of Roger Dobkowitz. See the Awesome page for more.
- April 1, 2009: Special mention should be made to the Cliff Hangers music playing during one contestant's Showcase Showdown spin...and said music slowing down as the Big Wheel did.
- April 20, 2009: This Spin-Off. First spinner gets the dime, the second gets the nickel. (Bonus points for the winner looking an awful lot like Santa Claus.)
- It happens again on October 4, 2013...and again on February 6, 2014.
- September 23, 2009: A contestant playing One Away claimed that she had practiced the game beforehand, then went on to do...Bob Barker's "Ladies, do I have at least one number right?" routine - a routine that had been ousted in favor of "Oh, mighty Sound Effects Lady" when Drew became host two years earlier.
- January 13, 2011: One IUFB was an automatic pancake maker, to which Drew asked "Where were you when I was fat?!"
- March 4, 2011: More Cliff Hangers wackiness when the stagehand is just a bit late in stopping the mountain climber...
- April 1, 2011: Another April Fools' Day episode where things appear to go completely Off the Rails...
- Drew constantly hypes that a "10,000th" something is about to happen, yet there is no explanation of what it is.
- The boom mic randomly appears in the shots.
- Right off the bat with the first IUFB:George: It's a new plasma TV and a new Xbox system!
(models flourish and knock the TV over, smashing it)
George: ...you know what, a new Xbox system!
- Gwendolyn coming around on the Turntable to the sound of harsh metallic grinding and smoke billowing out (and the Turntable doesn't rotate properly).
- George helps plug an unusually accessorized steam shower...and then the steam shower soaks him. And the contestant joins him.
- The Double Prices prop is full of garbage!
- During the ticket plug at the end of the first Showcase Showdown, Drew gives overdetailed instructions on how to visit the show's website, right down to turning on your computer and launching your web browser. During the closed captioning plug right afterward, Drew is still explaining it as the stage crew sets up the next game behind him.
- The Contestants' Row displays randomly glitching out, forcing staff member Scott Robinson to come out and write the prices by hand.
- George is in the bag representing the "prize" in Balance Game.
- ...and gets pelted with tennis balls in the following IUFB, putting on a Thousand-Yard Stare after the whole thing falls apart.
- The screen at the back of the audience also goes haywire.
- An IUFB comes down from the ceiling...and stays down
- Rachel plows a car through Door #3.Rachel: Oh, No... Not Again!
- Drew remarks that nothing went wrong since that during the second Showcase Showdown. Cue a spotlight dropping out of the rafters, the stage going (mostly) dark, and a TPIR-themed test pattern within moments of that happening.
- April 3, 2012: One of the small prizes used for Five Price Tags is introduced as a "non-stick waffle maker". When it is opened to show the waffles inside, a waffle sticks to the top.George: (mockingly angry) I said, "Non-STICK!"
Drew: Non-stick waffles, everybody! (waving the model and the waffle-maker away) You never saw that.
- May 11, 2012 (Mother's Day show): Edited out of the actual show, but when special guest Florence Henderson and her "eye candy" model Johannes drove out the car for Lucky $even, Johannes accidentally steers the car into the frame of Door #3.George: ...a used SUV!
- May 29, 2012: A contestant, Novel, bids on the Tugboat, which is sometimes used to bring out the items up for bid, thinking that the Tugboat itself is the item up for bids.
- "My name is Kenny. I've been making wrong decisions my whole life."
- "WHO WON WHAT!? WHO WON WHAT?! WHO WON WHAT!?! HOLD UP!!"
- April 1, 2013: An amusing Gender Swap edition for April Fools' Day. The models take over hosting and announcing duties, leaving Drew and George to model the prizes - which leads to instant hilarity when the very first item up for bids is a set of designer accessories.
- May 15, 2013: During a Showcase Showdown, a contestant gives a bit too much oomph in her spin and she falls down against the prop, pushing the entire thing back a few inches.
- June 4, 2013: The game Cover Up has the wrong numbers for the price of the car replaced by pictures of Drew's face, causing him to laugh uncontrollably at the fact that the producers took up his suggestion from several episodes earlier of not bothering showing the contestant the wrong numbers since it had no bearing on the game. It has since become a Running Gag with a different set on each playing (including punctuation symbols, elements from the periodic table, the word "car" in five different languages, notes from the theme song, etc.).
- August 16, 2013: The greatest come-on-down in the show's history, according to Drew, was during this college episode where one guy crowd-surfed from the back of the audience to Contestants' Row.
- December 23, 2013: The products in Grocery Game are a bag of Funnyuns, Birds' Eye vegetables, microwavable cordon bleu chicken, a stick of Dove deodorant, and canned pear halves in syrup. It took Drew a moment to get it, but he found the reference hilarious: days 1 through 5 of the Twelve Days of Christmas.
- January 8, 2014: After winning Most Expen$ive, contestant Kalyn trips over the game's rug, tackles George (who is holding one of the pricetags), and knocks him into a pair of television sets. Ouch.
- November 11, 2014: A contestant comes on who looks a lot like how Drew looked before his weight loss, and even refers to himself on his shirt as "Old Drew". Cue before and after pictures of the real "Old Drew" and "New Drew" in the corner of the screen.
- January 15, 2015: One of the prizes in Most Expen$ive is a treadmill. George runs on the treadmill backwards while reading the copy, and promptly falls off, then continues reading the prize copy as if nothing happened.George: Didn't miss a word!
- March 3, 2015: Drew's brain fart while playing Squeeze Play note :Drew: Give it to her!
(focus on the display)
(crowd and the contestant starts laughing)
Drew: (hunched over, laughing to himself)
- March 11, 2015: George's birthday; Manuela the model smears cake on George's face, right at the end of his Showcase spiel. As with the treadmill incident above, George is surprised, but not stopped.Drew: *Laughing* Happy birthday, George! Happy birthday!
- April 2, 2015: A contestant playing 5 Price Tags is in the running to win a car but gets it wrong on her first go. The same Manuela, after removing the incorrect tag from the list, proceeds to remove the correct price tag as well. The contestant ended up winning and poor Manuela hides behind the stand.
- May 25, 2015: A Canadian contestant (specifically Tyran Ault, a city councilor from Fort McMurray, Alberta) is wearing a shirt proclaiming him to be the "1987 Canadian Plinko Champion", leading Drew to note that not many people get to actually play the games that their shirts allude to (he ended up playing, and losing Cover Up instead. Though he did make it to and win the Showcase too). One commercial break later, and the very next game is Plinko. Cue a reaction shot of Ault and Drew remarking that he should have waited just a bit longer.
- October 30, 2015: Halloween Eve takes the "Pat" gag from a past April Fool's episode to a whole new level by having everyone dressed up like and referred to as Drew Carey. The set itself is also decorated with references to Drew (specifically, his glasses). At the beginning of the show, Drew comes out, sees everyone in the studio, and immediately bursts into a fit of laughter, and decides to go with it, even calling Rachel "Drew Carey" and George "Drew Carey the announcer." note The first item up for bids? Designer eyewear and sunglasses. Cue Drew-like laughter from George.
- September 22, 2016: A player confirms their guess on Vend-O-Price by pulling on a lever, which falls off the board. Drew remarks that they don't make their games like they used to.
- October 29, 2016: At the beginning of that night's edition of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, we see Drew in his office, watching the Yodely Guy in Cliff Hangers go over the edge yet again - only for the Guy himself (Colbert in a costume) to bust in and confront him over constantly being, well, sent off a cliff. They promptly fight - Yodely guy with his pickaxe, Carey with his microphone - while the TPIR theme plays, only to quickly stop when Carey tries to convince him to stop, reminding him of their friendship - which Yodely Guy thinks is worth $48. It's $67, and Yodely Guy is sent over the cliff once more, with him screaming "I'll get you for this, Carey! You sick bastard! I'll see you in hell!"
- November 23, 2016: For Thanksgiving and the show featuring celebrity chefs to present prizes that week, Cliff Hangers has the climber wearing a chef outfit. However, when he goes over the edge on a loss, he gets stuck at the top of the board instead because the hat made him too tall - prompting Drew to just knock him off manually instead. What led to this, however, is best left for a different page.
- December 20, 2016: Second episode of the Holiday Week. Starting with the call down of Santa Spotofora before the second IUFB starts a bit of humor on her name - and the bad luck of getting people to bid $1 more than her until the fifth IUFB where she finally gets up to the stage by going $1 more than another bidder - and wins Make Your Move.
- January 24, 2017: For the first time, the Price is Right Train derails, shattering the prizes (a bundle of coffee stuff) in the process.Contestant Shawn: $805!(a loud CRASH is heard while the camera's focused on Contestants' Row; the cameras cut quickly to the coffee carnage)Contestant Shawn: ...One dollar.Drew: How much for a new one, Erika? No discounts. I need the actual retail price of a new one.
Drew: Well... won't be seeing the Price is Right Train for a while! Nothing to see here, folks.
- Drew complements the stagehands' quick cleanup before delivering this:
- During the first Showcase Showdown of that year's Celebrity Week, a contestant goes over to high-five Jack Black after spinning a 95. Unfortunately, he winds up missing Jack's hand and accidentally slaps him in the face, resulting in Jack over-dramatically falling out on the floor. The clip is even played again right before the commercial break.
- March 3, 2017: During a One-Bid, a sound from Hot Seat plays by accident instead of the standard ding, leading to this response:Drew: That doesn't mean anything. Somebody in the back just hit a button, or fell asleep, or didn't take their meds.George: Could be all three!
- May 8, 2017: Drew declares that the actual retail price is La La Land. Right afterward, the prize of a trip to the Dominican Republic for Bonkers has a model posing with a cardboard cut-out of James, leading Drew to joke that he had always been CGI.
- September 29, 2017: Drew comically scalds a contestant who had, in Switcheroo, guessed that a rice cooker cost $19. When the player decides to forego his second chance because he had three right, Drew continues to insist that the rice cooker probably isn't worth $19. It was! And he won the car too!
- October 10, 2017: When playing Check Game, Drew finds it quite hard to get the voided check off the board to give to the contestant (as the game's traditional Consolation Prize), and ends up tearing it to shreds. Turns out that the check on the board wasn't actually meant to come off; this particular check was meant to stay on the board and be revealed when the check used for the game is taken off. Right before the second Showcase Showdown, a proper prop check (still voided, of course) was printed off and is presented to the contestant.
- October 27, 2017: The contestant playing Line 'em Up has a rather infectious personality. He ends up winning the car (the fact that he had 0 right on the first attempt helped too, although Drew had to help him understand how the board worked), and somehow his celebration is so amusing to Drew that he corpses his spiel going into the commercial break.
- A few minutes later, when an item up for bids is a DJ package, Drew refers to all the contestants as "DJ x".
- October 31, 2017: The show celebrates Halloween with a superhero-themed episode where the crew must defeat the evil ... Doctor Trombones.
- January 29, 2018: Among the first contestants called up, their last names are "Rambo", "Sledge", and "Armbruiser". And "Brett".
- Rambo also bids the juvenile "69" and predictably bombs that round of One-Bid. He later wins his way onstage and is the only person that day to win something out of a pricing game, $11,000 on two of three chips of Plinko (one fell in the $0 slot) and does a ton of stage parkour that gets Drew doubling over in laughter. This is then followed by another contestant becoming the second Double Showcase Winner in a row since the previous show (26th)!
- Another contestant is named "George Brown". No guesses on who George Gray is rooting for!
- February 19, 2018: It's Big Money Week and Drew cracks a remark so stupid about a contestant's custom T-shirt that he can't stop laughing.(Sharon's shirt reads, "ALL THIS CAN BE YOURS IF YOU PICK ME TO COME ON DOWN!")Drew: Usually, the shirts say, "All this can be yours if the Price is Right." Sharon didn't want to lower herself. Sharon has standards. (collapses into laughter)
- February 26, 2018: If you wind up becoming the season's fifth Double Showcase Winner with $67,556, it's natural to be a little excited. It's when you wind up this excited that leaves Drew Corpsing his way through his usual sign-off spiel.
- March 2, 2018: The introduction for Punch-A-Bunch is botched when there's no model holding the $25,000 bill. Drew wonders where the model who normally holds it is; eventually, Amber dashes over in embarrassment as Drew cracks up.
- April, 16, 2018: It's a Monday show, and it shows. Drew has another brain fart and completely forgets that the game being played is called "Magic #" even though the name of the game is literally on the top of the board. He bursts into unstoppable laughter upon realizing how stupid that was.
- June 7, 2018: Drew gets thrown for a loop during his explanation of the Sound Effects Lady in "One Away":Drew: You've got to woo the Sound Effects Lady....Contestant Dalen: Woo, Sound Effects Lady.(Drew crumples over in a HARD fit of full-bodied laughter)
- Then, Dalen turns out to have only one number right, and it's almost obviously the first number, which 95% of the time is an automatic win. He somehow struggles to choose which other four numbers to change, which sends Drew into even MORE convulsions of laughter. Of course Dalen wins.
- Then, after Dalen spins the wheel in the Showcase Showdown, Drew asks him, "Hey, just for old times' sake, can you give us another "woo"?" He does, but doesn't make it to the Showcase.
- October 10, 2018: This episode is pretty much "Hilarity Ensues: The Price is Right Episode":
- Once again, the bit covering the correct price in Flip Flop gets stuck and refuses to drop no matter how much Drew and the contestant mash the button. After both of them grapple with the game for about 10-12 seconds, Drew gives the entire thing a good hard kick and the price (which is correct) is finally revealed.
- One contestant gets tongue-tied on Bidder's Row and almost bids $20,050 on a ping-pong table before she catches herself and corrects herself to $2,050 (which gets her onstage).
- Drew accidentally mispronounces the name of the Toyota Yaris iA that the contestant Rowan is playing for in Money Game as the "1A" several times thanks to the lettering looking similar on his cue card and is given said cue card to look at so he can make sure. Drew then passes the card off to Rowan, who holds said cue card for the first several moments of the game.
- November 15, 2018
- One of the 1/2 Off items is a hygrometer; Drew has issues pronouncing the name.
- Later, when the contestants overbid on a prize, Drew jokes about the seductive manner in which one contestant delivered his bid of $1,550.
- The last contestant called down has a shirt covered in pictures of Bob Barker, in an identical manner to the aforementioned $1,550 contestant (covered in pictures of Drew). Drew remarks that he should be getting royalties from them.
- December 7, 2018: Drew thinks the first small prize being offered in Switcheroo is a toaster. George begins his spiel by saying it's actually a roaster. Before George continues with the other prizes, Drew notes how the "R" on the prize label isn't clearly shown from his vantage point because of the game's design.
- December 28, 2018: In an episode paying tribute to first responders, it turns out one police officer who wins her way up on stage has a history with Drew. She once gave him a ticket for blowing a stop sign!
- January 22, 2019: For the fourth time in the show's history, a contestant being called down is in the bathroom.
- March 1, 2019: A contestant playing Check-Out prices a can of soup at $1.29 at the advice of someone in her group. When the soup turns out to be 35 cents, Drew tells the audience member to stop buying his soup "at the gas station."
- March 12, 2019: A contestant puts her hands on top of her 1/2 Off box and lifts them up instead of the top of the box. Drew breaks into hysterics.
- April 4, 2019: Contestant Debra's shirt says "Drew, Name Your Game - Debra is Ready". She really wasn't ready for Check Game, as she couldn't decide on a final check value.
- October 2, 2019: Contestant Yvette is blocked out twice. both times by a contestant that wins their way onstage! The second time it happens was also the last IUFB, causing her to leave her spot at Contestant's Row! But she does get a chance to be onstage later when she is modeling a boat during the Showcase. Her reaction to both lock-outs leaves Drew and the entire audience in stitches.
- December 30, 2019: When contestant Allia wins her game she does a split on stage and begins to break-dance. When every other contestant after her is called down they do a split on the way down to Contestant's Row and they do a split again after they win their game.
- December 31, 2019: A contestant who is from New York City wins a trip—to New York City!
- December 8, 2020: A contestant explains his decision to bail out in Temptation by saying his daughter has just started to drive and knows she's going to wreck the car. He later wins a car in the Showcase anyway.
- In this version, contestants who were called down went straight to the stage. At least three contestants stopped in Contestant's Row. The first two times it happened, Doug had to go down and escort the players onto the stage.Doug: Tell me something, Elizabeth, what are we doing down here? This would make Mr. Barker very happy, but I know Bob Barker and I'm no Bob Barker; now you come on up here with me.
- Doug pulling a rubber chicken out of the 3 Strikes bag.
- On another episode, he pulls out a fake hand.
- This collection of bloopers from the 1984 HSV-7 Christmas tape, including...
- A contestant who spins the Big Wheel so hard that it goes out of whack.Ian: Spin the wheel, and if you spin it that bloody hard again, I'll drop you!
- One of the models having trouble turning over the price display during Most Expensive.
- The displays for the Showcase not lighting up.
- A collection of what goes on during commercial breaks.
- One time, when a contestant wouldn't come on down, Turps decided to take over the vacant Contestants' Row spot, with John Deeks taking over as host, and then Turps doing the prize plug for the IUFB.
- A contestant who spins the Big Wheel so hard that it goes out of whack.
- Mid-2000s: In what can be described as the Australian version of the Yolanda incident, when contestant Cassandra Dillon was asked to "Come on down!", she flashed her chest before running to Contestant's Row. Once she arrived, the audience laughed while Larry just stood in confusion and announcer Shawn Cosgrove immediately drank his entire bottle of water, before he finally said "Sorry!"
- The show's producer, William G. Stewart, apparently hyped up the audience by playing "Land of Hope and Glory" whilst running around the audience wearing a satin jumpsuit.
- This segment from the 1987 Central Christmas tape, including...
- Two of the models playing the "Cock-Up Game" for a weekend at "Le Club Pour Les Garcon Grandes" (dressing room 35 at Central's studios at East Midlands Television Centre). The prize description video features Crowther as a seemingly blind chauffeur who gets low tips and cigarette ashes in his hand. As the announcer mentions how courtesy has always been their trademark, Leslie mouths "fucking bastards".Leslie: Please control yourself, Carol. Please. And none of that lesbian behaviour here. (Carol and another model start to cuddle, an offstage crew member asks "Why not?") The first— the first game... why should today be any different?
- Questions involving a license plate reading "RAM 1 IN".Leslie: How much would it cost to get one rammed in in Dressing Room 35? Your answer in spent pence only. [...]Model: Nothing.Leslie: Thank you very much, absolutely— that is absolutely correct, nothing. It is on the house. And most of it on the floor, in point of fact.
- There is a question about a pair of y-front briefs with a noticeable smear, that belong to Howard Huntridge.
- Finally, a three-pack of flavored condoms gets this question:Leslie: And this time, of course, the question is, not what flavor are they, but how are you going to discover what flavor they are? Your answer in five seconds, starting now (somewhat under his breath, during thinking time) The boys have offered, the boys have offered to try them on for you.Model: The boys have offered to try them on for us.Leslie: CORRECT! (stagehands and all in attendance cheer) YES! The holiday in room 35 is yours, and I'm... (does handjob gesture) coming as well! (all three run offstage)
- Two of the models playing the "Cock-Up Game" for a weekend at "Le Club Pour Les Garcon Grandes" (dressing room 35 at Central's studios at East Midlands Television Centre). The prize description video features Crowther as a seemingly blind chauffeur who gets low tips and cigarette ashes in his hand. As the announcer mentions how courtesy has always been their trademark, Leslie mouths "fucking bastards".