I was just sitting here the other day thinking about one of my favorite shows as a kid. It was this joint called "You Can't Do That on Television". I doubt many of today's generation ever heard of it, but they definitely still see its imprint everytime the Teenage Choice Awards airs. You know how some actors/actresses think it's quite the honor to get slimed? Well guess where that came from?
The sliming originated on "You Can't Do That on Television" and was a renown trademark of the show. Whenever someone was asked a question and their response was "I don't know", there came the green slime. It was such an integral part of the show and it was good to see that it got reincarnated in another form for today's tv audience.
I reference all that to say that it was ironic I was even thinking about that show when I happened to come across the news of another celebrity passing. Les Nye died at the age of 84 last week. I kept meaning to mention it before but never got around to it.
The name itself didn't sound familiar to me at all. I apparently wasn't the only one either. When I did a search on the net trying to find the specifics of his death, I was coming up with absolutely nothing. I guess the world wide web didn't consider him high enough up on the celebrity ladder to give his passing any type of mention. That's really too bad.
Nye was a pretty prominent part of "You Can't Do That on Television". The entire show was pretty kid-driven with preteens and teens performing all of the skits. However, whenever there was an adult needed, it was Nye who would step in. He portrayed a few different characters, but the most famous by far was the cook Barth whose cooking was the butt of non-stop jokes.
I didn't realize dude was that old. That would have made him about in his early 60s when he was on the show. He didn't really look it. Nevertheless, by his being a "YCDTOT" regular, he was also another essential part of my unforgettable 80s experience.
Rest in peace, Les.