Posted by Masakim on October 28, 2003
In Reply to: Re: Come on down! posted by R. Berg on October 28, 2003
: : : : But he wasn't the first to say it, was he? Any TV trivia buffs here?
: : : : Tuesday, October 28, 2003
: : : : LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Rod Roddy, the flashy-dressed announcer on "The Price Is Right" whose booming, jovial voice invited lucky audience members to "Come on down!" for nearly 20 years, died Monday. He was believed to have been 66.
: : : The original announcer was Johnny Olsen who passed away in 1985 and was replaced by Rod Roddy.
: : Thanks. I knew someone had been saying it for more than 20 years.
: Use link below (http://www.newsfromme.com/archives/2003_10_27.html#003214) for another obituary of Rod Roddy, written by Mark Evanier, who worked with him.
come on down! in the American TV consumer game _The Price is Right_ (1957- ), the host (Bill Cullen was the first) would appear to summon contestants from the studio audience by saying '[name], come on down!' This procedure was reproduced when the quiz was broadcast on British ITV in 1984-8, with Leslie Crowther uttering the words.
From Dictionary of Catchphrases by Nigel Rees