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This Day in Pop Culture for August 10

Allen Funt

1947: Smile, You’re on ‘Candid Camera’

Amazingly, the TV show Candid Camera has been on and off the air for over 60 years and has had a stint on NBC, CBS, ABC, PAX and even TV Land. The show was birthed from the radio show called Candid Microphone which aired on ABC radio from 1947-1948. The TV show was famously hosted by Allen Funt (with almost as many co-stars as the series had stations) until 1992 when he became too ill to continue. Funt’s son, Peter, has carried on the tradition. The hidden camera/practical joke show format has pretty much stayed the same over the years. Never mean-spirited, the show exposes real people’s real reactions to crazy behavior and sparked many similar shows, but there can only be one Candid Camera.


  • 1814: Henri Nestlé (founder of Nestlé)
  • 1874: Herbert Hoover (31st President of the U.S.)
  • 1928: Jimmy Dean (singer)
  • 1928: Eddie Fisher (singer)
  • 1956: Charlie Peacock (singer)
  • 1959: Rosanna Arquette (actress)
  • 1960: Antonio Banderas (actor)
  • 1962: Suzanne Collins (author)
  • 1971: Justin Theroux (actor)
  • 1972: Angie Harmon (actress)
  • 1997: Kylie Jenner (model)

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Jeffrey Totey View All

I write about pop culture, arts and entertainment in the greater Seattle area.

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