Celebrity Charades is one of multiple game shows of the same named, which aired at different times.
The original version was hosted by Jay Johnson
, along with his dummy
Squeaky, and aired in 1979
as a syndicated series throughout the United States
. Celebrity Charades
is modeled after a 1962
TV show Stump The Stars
, which itself is a successor to the long running Pantomime Quiz
of the 1950s.
Much like the earlier versions, the show consisted of two 4-celebrity teams attempting to act out comedic phrases, with the team who manages the better time by the end of the show receiving $500 for their favorite charity.
The theme song was done by Score Productions.
Another version was presented June 20
on the AMC
television network in America
. The show stemmed from a private series of parties hosted by actor Chad Lowe
and his wife actress Hilary Swank
On the show, celebrity teams of five were sent into two separate rooms. In each round of play, a set of five movie titles to be guessed are predetermined by the producers. One person from each team is given the first title; then each must run to a section of the house where his/her teammates are waiting, then pantomime
the title. The team member who guesses correctly subsequently runs to the central location where someone is waiting with the second answer to be guessed. This goes on for five answers. When all answers are guessed, the team must come up with the common theme that chains the answers together. The first team to do so wins the round.
There is no prize awarded to the winner. Instead, all participants agreed to donate their appearance fee to a charity of their choice.