The Man Show
|The Man Show|
|Developed by||Adam Carolla
|Starring||Adam Carolla (1999–2003)
Jimmy Kimmel (1999–2003)
Joe Rogan (2003–2004)
Doug Stanhope (2003–2004)
Bill Foster (1999–2000)
Aaron Hamill (2000–2003)
|Opening theme||See below|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||112|
|Executive producer(s)||Jennifer Heftler, Lisa Page, Daniel Kellison|
|Running time||22 min|
|Original channel||Comedy Central|
|Original release||June 15, 1999– June 19, 2004|
The Man Show is an American comedy television show on Comedy Central that aired from 1999 to 2004. It was created in 1999 by its two original co-hosts, Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla, and their executive producer Daniel Kellison.
The Man Show simultaneously celebrated and lampooned the stereotypical loutish male perspective in a sexually charged, humorous light. The show consisted of a variety of pre-recorded comedy sketches and live in-studio events, usually requiring audience participation.
The Man Show is particularly well known for its buxom female models, the Juggy Dance Squad, who would dance in themed, revealing costumes at the opening of every show, and in the aisles of the audience just before The Man Show went to commercial break and end the shows with the "Girls on Trampolines" segment.
The first year of The Man Show featured beer-guzzling entertainer Bill 'The Fox' Foster as the show's emcee. Foster specialized in chugging two beers in record time (sometimes while suspended upside down) and singing lewd drinking songs. He would close every episode by leading the audience in the German drinking toast Zicke, Zacke, Zicke, Zacke, Hoi, Hoi, Hoi!, a tradition that continued after his death from prostate cancer in 2000.
- A famous skit, often posted online, featured Carolla and Kimmel setting up a booth at a farmer's market and successfully asking people to sign a petition to "end women's suffrage", demanding the repeal of the 19th Amendment (which guarantees women's voting rights). This sketch humorously revealed widespread fundamental political ignorance in the general population and how terminology could be used to manipulate public opinion, much as dihydrogen monoxide is used to illustrate general scientific ignorance. The majority of people who came to the booth, both men and women, were willing to sign the petition.
- One of their most famous hidden-camera pranks had Carolla and Kimmel, dressed as hunters, tie an animatronic deer to the roof of a car, parked at a truck stop, using the deer to prank unsuspecting passersby. Carolla and Kimmel hid in a van parked nearby, making the deer move and talk, asking people to untie it, and even asking a police officer to shoot it.
- The Man Show tribute to The Benny Hill Show
- During the show's first season, there were several famous hidden-camera segments featuring "The Man Show Boy" Aaron Hamill, who was 11 years old at that time. One skit had him standing outside a liquor store asking customers to buy him beer, while in another he walked around on a beach hitting on women. He became well known for his hilarious one-liners, which always caught people he approached off-guard. A notable episode featured him walking around with a puppy. When a man stopped to pet the dog, he told him, "I just use him to get girls. Unfortunately, I've been attracting gay guys all day though.")
- The hosts visited Snoop Dogg's house, where they messed around with him in his recording studio, as well as got stoned with him off-screen in his "Green Room".
- One recurring skit featured Kimmel's impression of former Utah Jazz star Karl Malone. Kimmel in a blackface make-up while wearing a bald cap and body suit, would give advice on subjects such as history, health, and China. The impression pokes fun at Malone's well-known inarticulacy, and Kimmel's impression usually hinted at mental retardation.
- The 1999 through 2001 seasons shows occasionally featured segments entitled "The Monkey Bar", where chimpanzees duplicated real-life human exploits in a similar style to that of the 1970s American Broadcasting Company program Lancelot Link, Secret Chimp. One such performance entailed a conversation in a bar which referred to a penguin joke. In another, (not in the Monkey Bar setting) Jimmy Kimmel sent his (then) wife, Gina, to Poland in order to allow him to be with his new "simian wife", referred to by his real-life children as "monkey mommy".
- "The Wheel of Destiny", a very popular recurring segment based on the chance to receive either pain or pleasure resulting from the spin of a wheel. Good prizes included a ride in the 1960s Batmobile with Adam West, a wheelbarrow full of porn, a celebrity who would pretend to be their friend (Gary Busey) and eating a candy bra off a porn star. Bad prizes included "Adam pees on your wallet", "Shave your eyebrows", "Forklift Wedgie", and "Call your mommy and admit that you masturbate".
Departure of Kimmel and Carolla
In 2003, Kimmel and Carolla left The Man Show, with the hosting job passed down to comedians Joe Rogan and Doug Stanhope. Together, they hosted the show when it ran for one more season before being cancelled.
Kimmel went on to host his own late night show for ABC, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, which he has hosted since 2003. Carolla stayed with Comedy Central to host Too Late with Adam Carolla in 2005 and then became part of CBS Radio's Free FM experiment after Howard Stern joined Sirius Satellite Radio; his talk show, The Adam Carolla Show, ran until 2009. Carolla continues to do the show as a daily podcast and also co-hosts the Spike show Catch a Contractor. Carolla has appeared on Kimmel's program several times during its run.
Rogan continued to host Fear Factor for three more years after The Man Show was cancelled and eventually became color commentator for the Ultimate Fighting Championship, which he has been associated with since its early days. Stanhope continues to perform standup comedy.
Notable Juggy Girls
- Rebecca Grant
- Christy Hemme
- Vanessa Kay
- Joanna Krupa
- Julie Costello
- Shawnie Costello
- Candace Michelle
- Arlene Nicole Rodriguez
- Nicole Pulliam
Syndication and DVDs
In the late 2000s, reruns of The Man Show aired on G4TV weeknights at 10:00 p.m. ET and 10:30 p.m. ET and on Saturdays at 12:00 a.m. ET. It was originally thought that the Rogan-Stanhope-era episodes would not be shown because the commercials referred to the syndicated episodes as "the way Jimmy and Adam made it". However, Canadian channel mentv included the Rogan/Stanhope episodes in its schedule. G4TV also aired the Rogan-Stanhope episodes, but only a very few times.
The first four seasons of The Man Show are also available on DVD.
Also in Denmark, there was a version called Penislægens værksted (The Penis-doctors workshop) on TV2-Zulu.
- The Man Show at the Internet Movie Database
- The Man Show at TV.com
- Pazsaz Entertainment Network - Episode Information And Airdates
- TheManShow.com at the Wayback Machine