Life With Skippy

image 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.

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Posted on Mon Aug 23, 2004


pretty sneaky!!
Posted by john  on  Mon Aug 23, 2004  at  07:54 PM
Oh yeah? :roll:
Posted by Shah  on  Mon Aug 23, 2004  at  08:46 PM
Is anyone else getting sick of these so called 'viral' marketing campaigns? Why is it that that I think that they are not viral becaus of the way they 'spread', but in viral in the way that we really need some sort of cure.
Posted by Drunk Stepdad  on  Tue Aug 24, 2004  at  12:19 PM
Who is financing this stuff, Bush or Kerry?
Sneaky bastards!!!
Posted by Alien  on  Tue Aug 24, 2004  at  03:41 PM
There was a show in Australia called Skippy (the bush kangeroo) - it sounds pretty similiar. Two country kids and their pet kangeroo, Skippy. Thats why when I read this I thought it was a bit odd. An old show, well known in Australia but probably less so in the US, LOL.
Posted by Lambchop  on  Tue Aug 24, 2004  at  10:47 PM
How come I immediately thought about peanut butter after reading this?
Posted by Zup  on  Tue Aug 24, 2004  at  11:22 PM
Buddy Wilson may not have been the most talented actor ever. Sure Buddy made some bad choices in his life. Perhaps he had a drug problem. Sure, he probably wasted his talent. Maybe he wasn't the finest human being ever to walk the earth. However....he was a human being. And as a human being, he deserves a certain degree of love and respect from the rest of us.

I find it disgusting that one of god's children could stoop to the level of disgracing the memory of the dead.

Boy, am I mad!
Posted by Bob Gacy  on  Wed Aug 25, 2004  at  03:13 PM
Although I am not sure if Life With Skippy is real or not, I have seen footage of Life After Skippy. It's some pretty amazing stuff. And very funny
Posted by Ben Smith  on  Wed Aug 25, 2004  at  03:17 PM
i must admit. I have been fooled. I saw this and bought this hook, line and sinker.
Posted by Mervin Lee  on  Wed Aug 25, 2004  at  03:24 PM
Okay, Bob, Ben, and Mervin. Don't forget that I can see your IP addresses when you post. So you are all either one and the same person, or you're all using the same computer.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Aug 25, 2004  at  03:34 PM
Now I sm confused. There is an actor named Adam Felber and Im pretty sure that that is him in the interviews and footage. He has a show on NPR called Wait Wait Dont Tell Me and a show on Comedy Central. However the resume page on lists none of that. I have no idea if he was I child star.
Posted by suzzie  on  Wed Aug 25, 2004  at  10:17 PM
Suzzie, I think it's all the same guy. Here's his weblog:

So I guess he's using his own name on Life After Skippy. But they've created a weird alternative biography for the sitcom version of him.
Posted by The Curator  in  San Diego  on  Wed Aug 25, 2004  at  10:28 PM
the sitcom itself will probably last only six episodes.That would be ironic or maybe life imitating "art".... Anyone else feel that there is just too much stuff on the web and none of it interests you any more?
Posted by mark  on  Thu Sep 02, 2004  at  12:58 PM
I just got an e-mail from this guy claiming that he is a big supporter of John Kerry and that celebrities like him should all support Kerry, blah blah blah. But knowing that this is all a big promo/hoax I think the Kerry supporters should take a good hard look at this freak. He's only adding to the confusion and controversey on the Demoacratic side of the ticket. On second thought, maybe that's not so bad... I just wanna know how he got my e-mail address.
Posted by JulianXJ  on  Fri Sep 03, 2004  at  05:44 PM
dude! i so totally remember this show, oh wait...its a hoax.

it would be impossible for me to have seen it since i wasnt born at the time the show "started"
Posted by Eva  on  Mon Apr 03, 2006  at  02:41 PM
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