'Match Game' Guest Jane Krakowski Reveals What the Show Is Really Like

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It’s the worst of puns to say we have burning questions about Match Game… but we do! Are the drinks legit? Are jokes pre-written? Can we touch the skinny mic? Frequent guest Jane Krakowski (with host Alec Baldwin) agreed to fill us in.

First, I have to say: Is anyone in the world asking, “What is it like to be a panelist on Match Game?” Believe it or not, this is a real game show, with rules and judges and everything!

So we don’t see any of the questions or fill-in-the-blanks ahead of time. The off-the-wall answers just come naturally off the top of our heads. Some answer cards are immediately torn up and gone forever.

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Some are still stuck in the rafters, where they were tossed after a disappointing reveal. But the best ones — the most raunchy or hilarious or just wrong — line the halls of the studio, hung with pride and shame for all to see.

I remember one of mine in particular — “bedazzled vajayjay” — but whatever could the question have been? And, yes, the drinks are so real. Some people partake; some don’t. Someone is always refreshing your glass, so you never know if you’ve had one or 10!

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It’s also great to watch Alec be so skilled and funny, and the eclectic selection of panelists makes it enjoyable. But the best part? It feels really good to help a contestant win money! —As told to John Russell

Match Game, Season Finale, Thursday, July 26, 9/8c, ABC

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