It Pays to Be Ignorant
was a radio comedy show which maintained its popularity during a nine-year run on three networks for such sponsors as Philip Morris
, and DeSoto
The series was a spoof on the authoritative, academic discourse evident on such authoritative panel series as Quiz Kids
and Information Please
, while the beginning of the program parodied the popular quiz show, Doctor I.Q.
With announcers Ken Roberts
and Dick Stark, the program was broadcast on Mutual
from June 25, 1942 to February 28, 1944, on CBS
from February 25, 1944 to September 27, 1950 and finally on NBC
from July 4, 1951 to September 26, 1951.
The satirical series featured "a board of experts who are dumber than you are and can prove it." Tom Howard was the quizmaster who asked questions of dim-bulb panelists Harry McNaughton, Lulu McConnell and George Shelton. The Irish-born Howard (1885-1955) and Shelton (1885-1972) had previously worked together as a team in vaudeville and comedy film shorts, while McConnell (1882-1962) and British comic McNaughton (1896-1967) had both appeared in many Broadway
musical comedies and revues between 1920 and the late 1930s.
Each episode would start with some jokes ("Do married men live longer than single men?"... "No, it only seems longer.") and an introduction of the experts. After this, three or four questions would be discussed in detail: some posed by Howard, some picked at random by a guest from the... Read More