People Are An Ongoing Source Of Social Anxiety, Really


The old-time-radio podcast I listen to most often summoned an episode of Art Linklater’s People Are Funny from the misty depths. If you only know the show from spoofs in cartoons where a beloved character gets challenged to do something daft like footrace Daffy Duck around the world, let me explain: the cartoons are basically correct.

So this episode had a guy who’d win a hundred dollars in prizes if he managed to go up to strangers and give away every one of this bag of frogs. They offered a story he could give as to why he was doing this — he’d caught too many frogs — and drove him to a neighborhood for it. And, just, wow. I mean, I would give Art Linklater a hundred dollars in prizes to not have to go up to strangers and offer them frogs. And that’s in 1952 dollars, when a hundred bucks was enough to buy a car, a house, and controlling interest in the New York, New Haven, and Hartford Railroad. I don’t know how this show ran for a billion years in the 40s and 50s.

Author: Joseph Nebus

I was born 198 years to the day after Johnny Appleseed. The differences between us do not end there. He/him.

4 thoughts on “People Are An Ongoing Source Of Social Anxiety, Really”

  1. It was parodied on I Love Lucy as “Females Are Fabulous”…Lucy was to intro an actor to Ricky as her first husband and keep up the ruse until midnight to win a cash prize.

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    1. I had missed that episode but, wow, that’s getting into some weird territory. I think I more liked the stunt where they put a bus driver on a dunking platform and if three of the first five people they asked said bus drivers were rotten he’d get dunked. (Two people said bus drivers were great, two said they were lousy, and one refused to give an opinion.)

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