Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Team Building Exercise: It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World

Let's try something new that might become a regular irregular if it works. It's based on the obnoxious corporate team-building exercises. It'll be a sort of trivia relay. The idea is that one can only provide incomplete answers and hints to what what knows but cannot say in order to try to ultimately get the complete answer.

Here's the challenge: We are to try to name as many actors as possible who appeared in "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" -- the greatest ensemble comedy in history.

Here's the catch: No one person can name more than five.

Here's the cooperative team-building element: After exhausting your five, you may leave hints for others to help them name the names you know but cannot name. They must be good faith hints that do not give away the name.

Now, no google, no IMDB, no cheating. All from memory. There were 75 people who appeared in the film, about two dozen of which are well-known figures in the world of early to mid 20th century comedy -- some quite surprising. Let's see how many we get.