The Joker's Wild (Jayverse)

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The Joker's Wild is an American television game show that aired at different times during the 1970s through the 1990s. Contestants answered questions based on categories that were determined randomly by a mechanism resembling a slot machine. The show's title refers to the game's slot-machine mechanism also having jokers.

The show was billed as "the game where knowledge is king and lady luck is queen", and was notable for being the first successful game show produced by Jack Barry after his company's role in the quiz show scandals during the late 1950s. The success of the series led in part to the reformation of Barry & Enright Productions in the 1970s, which reunited Barry with his partner Dan Enright. The show aired on CBS from 1972 to 1975, and from 1977 to 1986 in broadcast syndication. A children's version, titled Joker! Joker!! Joker!!!, aired from 1979 to 1981, also in syndication.

Barry's sons, Jonathan and Douglas Barry, were co-executive producers for a revival of the series that aired since 1989 which was produced in association with Richard S. Kline and billed as "a Kline and Friends production in association with Jack Barry Productions", UBC Television Studios took over Production in 1991 and still goes on since. The Primetime Series was debut in 2017 on TBS, with Snoop Dogg as host. He is also co-executive producer with Michael Strahan. In December 2018, it was announced that the show would be moving to TNT in 2019.


1968 & 1969 (Pilot): Allen Ludden

1971 (Pilot), 1972-1975, 1977-1984: Jack Barry

1981-1984 (Sub), 1986: Jim Peck

1984-1986: Bill Cullen

1989-1991: Pat Finn

1991-2000: Jim Lange

2000-2010: Todd Newton

2010-Present: Nick Cannon (Syndicated Version)

2017-2019: Snoop Dogg (TBS/TNT Primetime Version)


1968 & 1969 Pilot: Lee Vines

1972-1975, 1978 (Sub): Johnny Jacobs

1977-1981: Jay Stewart

1981-1986, 1989-2010: Charlie O'Donnell

2010-2017, 2019-Present: Jim Thornton (Sub Announcer from 2017-2019)

2017-2019: Dave Burchell

Sub Announcers

1974, 1977-1980, 2017-Present: Johnny Gilbert

1980: Bob Hilton

1980: Art James

1996-Present: Burton Richardson

1997-1998: Amber Bonasso

2017-2019: Joe Cipriano, Neil Ross

2018-Present: Jim Pratt

Celebrity Guest Clue Readers (Notables)

Hannnibal Burress - Used for Hannibal's Botanicals (Questions about Gardening), Major Munchies (Foods)

Adam Devine

Julian Edelman (Boston Patriots WR) - Used for Painting Manning (Questions About Pro Football Quarterbacks)

Sholom Gelt

Ken Jennings

Ken Jeong (From The Masked Singer and I Can See Your Voice) - Used for Korean History du Jeong

Leslie Jones

Wiz Khalifa

Karlie Kloss (Host of Tempo's Project Runway since 2019) - Used for categories including Komputer Kloss & Talking Klossy (with her models from Project Runway in which Karlie Hosted since 2019)

Adam Levine (Judge on The Masked Singer since September 2020)

Cheech Marin & Tommy Chong (of Cheech & Chong) - Used for Various Categories including El Pasion De Cheech & Chong (El Pasion De & Snoop on TBS/TNT Version)

Jenny McCarthy-Wahlberg (Judge on the Masked Singer)

Matthew McConaughey

Jimmy McGuire (Jeopardy Clue Crew Member)

Kelly Miyahira (Jeopardy Clue Crew Member)

Kelly Osbourne

Regis Philbin (Talk Show Host) - Regis & Snoopy Lee (Used on Snoop Dogg's Version; but on Nick Cannon's Version it is changed to Regis & Nick Cannon)

Aubrey Plaza

Alfonso Ribeiro - AFV Trivia, Where My Letters At? (In Which he played the Host of Wheel of Fortune with Vanna White turning the letters)

Seth Rogen


Pat Sajak - Where My Letters At (In Which He Played Host on Wheel of Fortune)

Nicole Scherzinger (Judge on The Masked Singer)

Kevin Smith - Where My Letters At? (In Which He Played contestant on Wheel of Fortune)

Michael Strahan - Used for Sole Train (which he is seen dancing with a Fish)

Daniel Tiger (voiced by Devan Cohen) - Used on One Episode when it aired on February 19, 2018 with a Category looking back to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mr. Roger's Neighborhood

Justina Valentine

Sarah Whitcomb-Foss (Jeopardy Clue Crew Member)

Dana White (President of the Ultimate Fighting Championship) - UFC 101 (Questions about the Ultimate Fighting Championship)

Vanna White - Where My Letters At (In Which she is the Letter Turner on Wheel of Fortune)


Theme Music & Cues

Theme Music since 1989 (performed by Joe Manolakakis)

Various Trip Prize Cues which was used from 1977-1986 and again since 2007 (performed by Hal Hidey)

Rock Prize Cue #1 (performed by Hal Hidey)

Rock Prize Cue #2 (performed by Hal Hidey)