From the Hoax Forum
: Ever heard of Life With Skippy
? It was an American television show that aired briefly in 1969 that featured "the misadventures of two small-town boys, the trouble-making Skippy and his sidekick Gummy."
Unfortunately it got cancelled after only six episodes. Still don't remember it? Well, if you look around the internet you can find a surprising number of references to this hard-to-remember show. It's mentioned on message boards
, there's a Yahoo Group
devoted to its young star (who was later found dead in a brothel), there's a Life With Skippy
website, and a website maintained by the actor Adam Felber
who played Gummy. Plus, you can buy the hat
worn by Skippy on eBay. Well, if you still can't remember the show the reason is that it never existed. It's the creation of a New York-based production company, Metropolis Entertainment
, who are trying to promote a new sitcom they've developed called Life After Skippy
, which is about the career of a down-on-his-luck former child actor (who once supposedly worked on Life With Skippy
). Quite an elaborate guerrilla marketing campaign they've put together for this. You can view clips from the real show, Life After Skippy
, on their site. Some of them are pretty funny.