Radio: Anything for Laughs

While the audience screamed with laughter, six simpering oldsters pranced onstage in ballet costume; a blindfolded man, expecting to kiss a pretty girl, kissed a cow instead; an unwary young woman sat—just for an instant—on an electrically charged chair.

For the past decade, such loutish antics have kept Truth or Consequences among the top-ranking radio shows. Last week, sponsored by Philip Morris, hearty, toupee-wearing M.C. Ralph Edwards moved his slapstick-and-bladder show onto television (Thurs. 10 p.m., CBS-TV). "This is just the genesis, the little seed," he boasted of his first TV performance. "I have the feeling that, within the first half-dozen shows,...

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