Hilarious Home Movies
"Yeah, and it's all based on trampoline mishaps and crotch hits," host Tom Bergeron jokes. "If it wasn't for gravity and male genitalia, we'd have no franchise."
While people love the slapstick comedy videos, Tom, who also hosts Dancing with the Stars, says viewers respond most to the nonphysical comedy. "It's real life caught in little bubbles of hilarity," he says. "It's just the moments that are genuine."
One of the most popular clips stars quadruplets who are spending some quality time with Mom. Whenever their dad does something funny from behind the camera, the foursome erupts in an orchestra of laughter.
"It's just something about it that's so sweet and natural," Oprah says.
Their four girls—Grace, Anna, Emily and Mary Claire—are now 8 years old, and they've already been seen by millions of people around the world.
"People have been trying to have quads since," Tom jokes.
Gina says grabbing the video camera was her first instinct. "When you walk into a room and you see your two toddlers on the table covered with three pounds of peanut butter, what else do you do?"
"Mom was the drill coach and my sister was part of the drill team, and I had nothing else better to do than to go with them and watch and participate," he says. "I wanted to be on that drill team so bad, and it didn't work out—they didn't let boys get on there. So I wanted to show them what I [could] do…so I did it."
In one classic video, a bride named Mindy is repeating her vows. "I, Mindy, take you David…"
The only problem is that her groom is named Gary! Mindy and Gary won $5,000 because she said the wrong name at the altar 10 years ago.
One question remains…who is David? "It is my baby brother who sat right in the front row with his precocious 1-year-old child [who] talked the whole ceremony," Mindy says. "My mind was going a mile a minute, and in my mind I'm saying, 'David, please take her out. David, please take her out.'"
"That's your story and you're sticking with it, right?" Tom jokes.
"Oh, come on!" he yells each time he realizes he's been locked out.
Each time his wife, who is rolling video, orders him—through giggles—to dance before she'll let him back in. "Just do a quick dance," she says. "Cabbage patch or the running man."
The man relents and starts dancing while his wife—along with millions of viewers—explodes in a fit of laughter.
"It's more like dancing under duress," Tom says.
To prove he's a good sport, Bryan busts a move on Oprah's stage!
Vin took that idea to ABC and had a deal within four minutes. Nearly 33 million people tuned in that first night, and Vin says his staff has received nearly 680,000 videos since then.
Eighteen years later, Vin's staff still cracks up as they screen the 1,500 videos sent in each week. As for what's considered funny, Vin says anything goes. "There's no funny meter, per se, but there's laughter in the hallway, and when it happens, we all run to see the video."
The reason the show remains so successful, Vin says, is because hilarious home videos have a way of bringing everyone together. "When you see people fall down—adults seeing children fall down, children seeing adults fall down—everybody's leveled," he says. "So it works."