23. Make Me Laugh
Air dates: 1997-1998
Stars: Ken Ober, Mark Cohen
On Make Me Laugh, comics told all of their original jokes before a stone-faced, serious contestant hoping to earn a dollar for every second that he or she didn't laugh. Is there any better test for a comedian to see if they're actually funny?
We think not, and Comedy Central's resurrection of the aged property (it premiered on ABC in 1958 and thrived in syndication from 1979 through 1980) gave stand-up pros like Kevin Meaney, Doug Stanhope, and The Amazing Johnathan room to test out material while routinely trying to save face in the presence of steely, unflappable competitors.
Props should individually be awarded to the late Ken Ober (pictured above), Make Me Laugh's first-class host, who'll forever be lauded for his work on the awesome MTV game show Remote Control.