Long time readers of this blog might recall that I briefly played claymation superstar Gumby on a local TV show in Toronto back in the 80s. At least I did until the Art Clokey Productions people got wind of the WAY I was playing Gumby on the air and eventually took the suit back and put a stop to it.
Pictured above: The REAL Gumby.
We were given the suit and paid a couple of bucks to promote the Gumby video episodes that were on sale at the time, but because I am who I am, I tended to make Gumby tell dirty jokes and claim that the books he liked to walk into were mostly pornographic, and the owners of Gumby took the suit away after about three weeks of this. I like to think the time we rented a live horse to play our Pokey, and took it to a dance club where it shat all over the floor on TV might have played a part as well.
Anyway, I was at a birthday party for Bob Segarini tonight (the host of the show LATE GREAT MOVIES, where these appearances happened), and ran into someone who actually has video tape of this legendary time in my life, and promises to send me some clips to share with you guys. In the meantime, here’s a screengrab from one of the episodes. I’m the idiot in the suit to the right.
“I can walk into any book, so I have a house in Fifty Shades of Gray…What do you mean I’m fired?”
I’ll let you know as soon as there’s video.
Ty the Guy OUT!
Here now, your BONUS Guy-In-A-Gumby-Suit moment:
Last year, someone in a Gumby suit tried to rob a convenience store in San Diego. I have an alibi for the day, and police did not suspect me.
It has recently come to this journalist’s attention that, in an obit for Art Clokey, the writer mentioned Ty Templeton‘s portrayal of Gumby on Canadian Television in the 1980s, second only to Eddie Murphy’s SNL portrayal in fame and infamy. This scandal, which Templeton had hoped was long-forgotten, came about when he portrayed Gumby on CityTV on a number of episodes of Late, Great Movies. Pretending to be Gumby walking through a book, Templeton remembers, “The host, Bob Segarini asked me what book I was next planning to walk through next, and I answered, “The Joy of Sex and Portnoy’s Complaint.” Within 24 hours, Clokey Productions called our show and said I was never to play Gumby again.”
Templeton points out that, unlike Eddie Murphy‘s unofficial portrayal, he was an officially-sanctioned Gumby performer. The costume had been supplied by Clokey Productions to promote Gumby. (The show had to supply Pokey, the horse.) Templeton is unclear as to why there was a promotional push for Gumby at this time, but it might have been linked to the comic book.
The obituary for Art Clokey (and reference to the shameful Templeton Gumby Scandal) can be found on www.comicmix.com.
This journalist shudders to think of the repercussions if any actual video footage of the offending incident were to be found and put on the internet where any innocent member of the Gumby-loving public could encounter it.
Posted in Dead Celebrity Jokes, On the 'Net, Scandals
Tagged Art Clokey, Bob Segarini, CityTv, Clokey Productions, comic books, Eddie Murphy, Great Movies, Gumby, Late, Pokey, Portnoy's Complaint, The Joy of Sex