Old Man Periwinkle


The most fun I've ever had at a show was at Jimmy Pardo's regular stage versions of The Match Game here in Los Angeles. Jimmy was born to host this show, and Paul F. Tompkins was born to be his foil.

Perhaps the most memorable running joke of the shows was Tompkins' ever-more-elaborate introductions of Jimmy reading a prompt in the voice of "Old Man Periwinkle."

As Jimmy has said many times (often on stage, during the Match Game), he does not do voices. Yet he persists in doing an old man voice to read Old Man Periwinkle prompts, and thus Tompkins persists in his ever-more aggrandizing introductions.

Sadly (for me), Jimmy doesn't do the Match Game in LA anymore, but he did it (as "Game Show Explosion") at SF Sketchfest this past weekend, and Pat Francis caught the Old Man Periwinkle introduction on video.


Hilarious. I was slow

Hilarious. I was slow getting on the PFT band wagon but now I'm fully on board.


"the moldering corpse of Edmund Kean" sent me scurrying for Wikipedia. I was sure that PFT just made that up. In fact, Edmund Kean was one of the pre-eminent British actors of the early 19th century.

Which only goes to prove that Paul F. Tompkins is worth his weight in comedy gold.

And of course he couldn't have done it without Jimmy.

Paul F. Tompkins is a prince.

Paul F. Tompkins is a prince.

So funny

I had the incredible luck of having a front row seat to this performance. I can say without hyperbole that it was the funniest thing I have ever seen or heard. I was laughing to the point of feeling that I may pass out. Unbelievable.