Mr. Blooper

Producer, writer Kermit Schafer was known as “Mr. Blooper” in the 1940s and 1950s for his unique pastime of collecting samples of on-the-air bloopers (verbal or visual errors-pratfalls, flubbed lines, and boners) from the early years of radio and television.


Kermit Schafer produced the program PARDON MY BLOOPER (1974) based on his blooper books and recordings. He also produced the game show  QUICK ON THE DRAW (1950) and the daytime variety program THE MIKE DOUGLAS SHOW (1961-1982) that first aired from Cleveland, Ohio and later Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

On the comedy series TV’S BLOOPERS & PRACTICAL JOKES/NBC/1984-86, a Golden Blooper Award was presented to the best example of a “Blooper” seen on television. The segment was dedicated to the memory of Kermit Schafer.

Born on March 24, 1923, Kermit Schafer died on March 8, 1979 in Miami, Florida. He was 55.


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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