It was recently announced that Bob Barker, the oleaginous host of The Price is Right, is retiring. In honor of this American institution, bizarrely beloved by the QuÃ©becois and other assorted French-Canadians, I have compiled three of my favorite clips.
The first focuses on a stupid contestant, a perennial favorite subject of mine. But this one has a twist. Watch for Bob's escalating annoyance and then his utter disbelief at the very end.
The second clip features one of those heartwarming populist moments, but it adds a bit of serendipity to the equation. I like how Bob seems to briefly be at a loss of words.
The final clip is my favorite of all time. The Price is Right is known for having a zealous fanbase that goes berserk when they hear "Come On Down!" This guy, clearly on drugs, has the most frantic stamina of any contestant I've ever seen. Bob handles the manic contestant pretty well. Watch for the extended outro where the man starts to go off set.
I hope the producers of The Price is Right put together a retrospective clips show at some point, as I am sure there are loads of buried treasures unavailable on YouTube or other video sites.