Tonight Clubhouse Jager stages the $50 Pyramid, a lower-stakes version of the old-school $10,000/$20,000/$25,000/$100,000/etc. Pyramid
game show, with Ian Rans in the Dick Clark host role and a $50 bar tab as the top prize. Not only does this edition promise to feature notable Minnesota characters in the celebrity seat, it also promises a more irreverent batch of categories (one hinted at on the official twitter feed
: "Dead Wrestlers") plus a more raucous, alcohol-fueled atmosphere than the original TV series.
We thought this would be a good time to go back and reevaluate that bygone artifact of the '70s and '80s, to try and find out just why it lingers in the public consciousness. Our theory is that it combined three of the most important elements of riveting television: celebrities, miscommunication, and yelling.