Hey Hey has an official website:
If you're in the USA, I don't know what your equivalent would be over there, if any. Do you have a popular variety show, where the team just ham it up right through (2+ hours), supposedly a family show but the humour gets a bit risqué. Lots of jokes (usually very weak and old), comedy skits and general silliness. Guest musicians, usually the big names passing through. Performance competition by non-professionals, lottery wheel, funny photos submitted by public. The co-host is an ostrich. Screens live, so any bloopers go to air.
Comments:Posted on 15 Apr 2010, 8:57 by WN2A
Hey Hey,Its Saturday
After viewing several episodes on YouTube, I can say there is nothing exactly like it here in the US. It's looks like "The Gong Show" meets "Late Show with David Letterman" . Well sorta...
SNL would be the best current match, but it's not a family show like Hey Hey. SNL airs at 11:30 PM for a reason.
Would like to see it syndicated here. Think it would go over quite well!
Posted on 15 Apr 2010, 18:36 by BarryK
I was watching TV late one night, and surprised when the David Letterman Show came on. For the last several years I was not able to receive commercial TV channels, so got out of touch with what is going on. Recently installed satellite TV, now get two commercial channels, get to see stuff like V and Lost (final series, very confusing as I haven't been following it since series 1).
But David Letterman, wow, he goes back a long way. Just checked:
...actually he goes back to 1983, with NBC, switched to CBS in 1993.
Yeah Letterman's show has some features in common with Hey Hey. House band, some voice-over, guest musicians, short interviews, some weak jokes, live audience.
Posted on 18 Apr 2010, 7:28 by Squidy
Hey Hey,Its Saturday
in the 60 and 70s variety show that sound somewhat like this were common in the USA, but have long since disappeared.
Posted on 29 May 2010, 7:37 by gcmartin
Hey-Hey US Comparison...SNL
Hey-Hey is very very good.
You say you want something in the US that compares to "where the team just ham it up right through (2+ hours), supposedly a family show but the humour gets a bit risqué. Lots of jokes (usually very weak and old), comedy skits and general silliness. Guest musicians, usually the big names passing through. Screens live, so any bloopers go to air." well my vote to the closest programming that matches is MAD TV and Saturday Night Live, both of these are live broadcast that closely match your request.
Both of these aire on Saturday Night in US, and both are on late-night to avoid the Prudish population of USA. Also it is to avoid US politicians going after the broadcasters who always seem to pulling the bible out for any activity that they jump on to further their careers. Our populace is a "ways" behind the rest of the world and politicians use our infancy to their advantage. If Hey-hey was here in the US during evenings between 7-11 PM, our US politicians and the people who follow them would drive it off the air..... Sad, huh.
I like Hey Hey and wish that our populace was more advanced and mature.