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truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
TruTV WD Logo.jpg
GenreCrime/Reality/Comedy/Satire
Narrated byChip Bolcik
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons15
No. of episodes172
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channeltruTV
Picture format

480i (SDTV)

1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original runMarch 13, 2008 (2008-03-13) – Present
Chronology
Related showsRidiculoussness
Ain't That America
External links
Website
 
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truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...
TruTV WD Logo.jpg
GenreCrime/Reality/Comedy/Satire
Narrated byChip Bolcik
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons15
No. of episodes172
Production
Running time60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channeltruTV
Picture format

480i (SDTV)

1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original runMarch 13, 2008 (2008-03-13) – Present
Chronology
Related showsRidiculoussness
Ain't That America
External links
Website

truTV Presents: World's Dumbest... (formerly titled The Smoking Gun Presents: World's Dumbest...) is a cable television series produced by Meetinghouse Productions, Inc. and is airing on truTV. Originally known as World's Dumbest Criminals, it is a weekly countdown that takes a comedic look at 20 half-witted and offbeat events caught on camera and sometimes by 911 dispatchers. These events are now broken down into topics such as Criminals, Drivers, Daredevils, Partiers, etc. and features commentary from B to C-list comedians and writers such as Jared Logan, Chris Fairbanks, Kevin McCaffrey, Jaime Andrews, Brendon Walsh, Ted Jessup, Brad Loekle, Daisy Gardner, Billy Kimball, Mike Trainor, John Enos, Jamie Lee, Rachel Feinstein, Mike O'Gorman, Amanda Landry, and Gilbert Gottfried. Because the series' original focus was on criminals bungling their acts of crime, commentary used to rely heavily on celebrities who have been known for their own past brushes with the law, including Danny Bonaduce, Leif Garrett, Tonya Harding, Todd Bridges, Daniel Baldwin, and Gary Busey.

Often times, and when video clips have no audio track, sound effects and mock commentators are added to enhance the humor of the events.[citation needed] Also, if a clip is an audio-only track, a cartoon storyboard is usually added to make up for the lack of video.

In January 2011, the show slightly re-branded itself as "truTV Presents: World's Dumbest...", dropping the "Smoking Gun" branding and redesigning the commentator names-signs, title page, and background brightness in the process.

Commentators[edit]

Among these, Rob D'Alessandro (Partiers 5), Mike Gadoff (Daredevils), Calvin Collins (Criminals 17), Busty Heart (Performers 2), and Danny Bonaduce (Performers 5 and Brawlers 11 and 13) spoke about clips in which they had appeared. Rob and Osi also appeared in a parody of the popular Coca-Cola commercial with "Mean" Joe Greene. The Pizarros are from the TruTV show Operation Repo.

Themes[edit]

Title card prior to the 2011 name change.

Each episode features twenty clips focusing on one of several recurring themes:

Theme Title# of Episodes
Animal Encounters1 episode
Bracket Showdown[ep 1]1 episode
Brawlers14 episodes
Competitions5 episodes
Confrontations1 episode
Criminals[ep 2]25 episodes
Daredevils12 episodes
Drivers[ep 3]22 episodes
Dummies2 episodes
Employees1 episode
Fans1 episode
Heroes1 episode
Hillbillies5 episodes
Holidays1 episode
Hot Shots1 episode
Inventions[ep 4]11 episodes
Lovers3 episodes
Meltdowns1 episode
Motorheads10 episodes
Outlaws9 episodes
Partiers22 episodes
Performers16 episodes
Pranksters3 episodes
Record Breakers6 episodes
Shoppers1 episode
Thrillseekers10 episodes
Tourists2 episodes
TV Shows1 episode
  1. ^ Aired on March 31, 2011. Clips from several previous episodes were presented in a bracket-style competition as a representation of March Madness. Charles Barkley appeared as a guest commentator for the episode.
  2. ^ Retitled to "World's Dumbest Outlaws" after 25 episodes as the creators wished to change the name.
  3. ^ Retitled to "World's Dumbest Motorheads" after 22 episodes as the creators wished to change the name.
  4. ^ Titled as "World's Smartest Inventions" (since at least episode 3) for sarcasm purposes.[why?] Note that truTV's episode viewing web site previously displayed "World's Dumbest Inventions" for episodes 9 and 10.

Episodes[edit]

SeasonsEpisodes
110
215
35
413
513
614
712
813
913
1014
1112
1212
1313
1413
1516
16

Recurring gags[edit]

Cartoon Story[edit]

This segment is used to tell the story of a "dumb" incident where eyewitness accounts, police reports and the like are available, but little or no usable video exists. The clip features simple limited animation with the narrator telling the story behind the clip in rhyming verse, in a style that plays homage to Dr. Seuss. One example is a story of an elderly woman who put a dummy in her passenger seat so that she could use the HOV lane.

"Professor" Tonya Harding[edit]

Tonya Harding has her own segment on some episodes of World's Dumbest. After the short intro is played, Harding (dressed in an ill-fitting lab coat) says, "Oh, crap! That's me!" Before a clip is played, Harding gives viewers a brief lesson on a few related topics such as fermentation, gravity balance, etc.

A Postscript with Frank Stallone[edit]

This segment typically is placed after a video segment. In what appears to be a private library, Frank Stallone gives commentary about the clip, which usually is very profane.

Yo! TruTV Raps![edit]

Mike Britt has his own segment on some episodes of World's Dumbest. After the short intro is played, Britt (dressed in stereotypical rapper clothing) explains the stupid rap or hip hop clips that will be presented by him in a style that pays reference and tribute to Yo! MTV Raps.

John and Loni[edit]

In several episodes, John Enos and Loni Love show "clips" of their married life (really just clips of married couples with John and Loni's faces edited into the footage). In Inventions 10, John attempts to please Loni with the infomercial products being made fun of.

Story time with Gary Busey[edit]

This segment featured Gary Busey sitting in a chair next to a fireplace, with a book, presenting the audience a story about the film clip being shown, usually with Gary giving his own insights and philosophical advice in regards to the people in the clip (much to the annoyance of the other commentators).

TSG 911 Center[edit]

A commentator is sitting in a 911 operating room and gets very weird calls. The calls are described as a cartoon most of the time. Example: A stressed woman calls 911 because she thought that was the number for "Nanny 911". Sometimes, old episode clips will be replaced with these.

After Dark[edit]

This segment features comedian Bryan Callen as he shows supposedly "sexy" clips that most of the other commentators find completely unerotic. Examples include: People bathing in chocolate, a nude couple (shown from a helicopter camera so that nudity is barely shown), throwing rocks over a bridge into oncoming traffic, a man showing his "ass" to the cops, and an old woman pulling on a robber's "man parts."

Game Shows[edit]

Roger Lodge usually appears as a host for a game show. Examples include: "What's in the bag?" (Criminals 13), "Guess What Happens Next" (Daredevils 4), etc.

The World's Dumbest News[edit]

Events of public stupidity are presented in a "newscast" format. Typically two of the commentators (usually one male and one female) play the news anchors and other commentators play reporters in the field, describing the stupid action. The "reporters" are typically green screened over the found clips of the stupid actions.

America's Dumbest Home Videos[edit]

Roger Lodge also appears on this segment. Spoofing the Bob Saget era of America's Funniest Home Videos, Lodge showcases hilarious moments caught on tape. Other panelists appear as audience members laughing hysterically. The spoof AFHV logo (as well as the graphics) resembles the logo for the original 1989 Thanksgiving special more than the actual logo used in the Saget era.

Most Shocking[edit]

This segment involves stupidity that could also be considered shocking. For these segments, Tyler Derek, the narrator of the reality TV show Most Shocking takes over as narrator. At the beginning of each clip, Tonya Harding tears through a frozen image of the clip like paper and says: "Wait a minute, I thought this was "World's Dumbest!", followed by a recording of an audience booing. At the end of the clip, Danny Bonaduce tears up a frozen screen image and repeats this line, followed by a recording of an audience cheering.

Comedy Club[edit]

Panelists (mostly comedians) give punchlines related to a clip. Each punchline is followed by a Sting.

SGP Sports[edit]

In this running gag, "SGP Sports" shows sports that go hilariously wrong. Renamed "World's Dumbest Sports" after the 2011 name change.

Wait For It[edit]

A short segment where a narrator sets up a clip. In the middle the narrator tells the viewers to "Wait for it..." a few times and the climax of the video happens.

That's Nuts![edit]

A short segment where in several videos, people get hit in the groin, whether accidental or intentional.

Outtakes[edit]

Each episode usually ends with quirky outtakes of the panelists. Some of the recurring moments are Judy Gold constantly being fidgeted with by the make-up crew much to her annoyance, and cast members interacting with the camera crew or stumbling over their lines.

Merchandising[edit]

DVD/Blu-Ray[edit]

It was announced via Facebook that seasons 1 thru 16 on DVD and Blu-Ray is coming on November 27, 2014.

Netflix[edit]

Netflix also announced seasons 1 thru 16 in Super HD coming on November 27, 2014.

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