We surveyed 100 people, asking them to name an animal they might see in the zoo
OK, not really, but if that kind of question doesn't spark a memory of a certain television game show, then you have obviously been living under a really big rock your whole life.
Everyone seems to like "Family Feud," and for a few years from 1999 to some time in 2002, comedian Louie Anderson brought extra laughs to the game show as the host.
Even though his stint on "Family Feud" was how a lot of younger people were introduced to Anderson's brand of warmhearted comedy, this comedian was around for quite a while before 1999.
His childhood in Minnesota as one of 11 children was the topic of most of Anderson's stand-up comedy in the club scene when he started out. His career counseling troubled youth was put on hold when Anderson won first place at the 1981 Midwest Comedy Competition.
That distinction led Henny Youngman, the competition's host, to hire Anderson as a writer, which eventually put him in the spotlight on stages all over. Soon Anderson was seen performing on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson, as well as guest starring on sitcoms like "Grace Under Fire." Anderson's appearances go on and on.
In 1995 those guest spots led to Anderson's own Saturday morning animated series, called "Life with Louie." It was a huge success, earning him many distinctions, including two Emmy Awards.
Anderson has also written a number of books. His bestselling books include "Dear Dad - Letters From An Adult Child," and "Good-bye Jumbo...Hello Cruel World." His most recent work, "The F Word: How To Survive Your Family," landed Anderson on Dr. Phil's show.
With another book under his belt, Anderson will be touring the country, making people laugh like he has for years.
So with a story like Anderson's, if "Family Feud" asks you to name the most versatile and successful comedian in Hollywood, the answer should be obvious.
Louie Anderson will be helping people in Pittsburgh shake the winter-won't-end blues at The Improv at the Waterfront all weekend. Tickets are $25 dollars for two separate shows each night, Friday and Saturday, and one show Sunday. Call (412) 462-5233 for more information or visit the Web site: www.improvclubs.com.