Forget Bob Saget
's stupid jokes and lame multi-octave voiceovers
, this was the home video show for me. My dad got me hooked on this back in the 90's. Sadly this fun little show fell to the side while other shows took over, with an audiance
-winning array of fwuffy widdle kittens, children
doing sickengly cute things, and guys getting hit in the nuts
by mallets/basballs/bats/etcs. I'm kinda shot for references, the show is all but forgotten on the internet
. But here's what I can remember.
Roggin's Heros (sounds like Rogan's
, hence the Hogan's Heroes
soundalike) was a show featuring home videos of humorous
events and amazingfeats
sent in. At the ending of a show was a judgement of sorts for the videos, and the funniest one would recieve a cash
reward and be forever known as one of "Roggin's Heros
"!. The show was hosted by LA sportscaster Fred Roggin
and his heavyset mute sidekick (whose name escapes me). While the sidekick
never said much, he frequently spoke in surreal
actions. Fr'instance Roggin didn't like one video, but our big cohost
flung a piece of posterboard
into the air, shot at it with a machine gun
and when he caught it it had "I LIKED IT"
spelt in bullet holes (this was before the Police Academy
). Every few shows would have a "Nice Try" segment, where they showcased all the fake
videos they recieve. Man drops tray accidentally
on purpose, wedding dress gets stained accidentally on purpose, you know the like. These sessions boiled down to a slow motion
play by play analysis of the video, an in-depth discussion of all the details that made it fake, and light mockery
of whomever made it.
Those few things made it so much more of a show then, say, America's Funniest Home Videos
. It wasn't just other peoples work stitched together with some shoot-from-the-hip dialog
to move things along; Roggin and company actually added humor to stuff that was already pretty funny.
Kudos to Billy
for helping me get Roggin's name right and adding some background info.