Pat Sharp Talks Twins, TV and T-Shirts!

February 1989 will be remembered for a number of interesting reasons. The Soviet army withdrew its last troops from occupied Afghanistan; Sky TV launched in Europe; Salman Rushdie had a $3m bounty placed on his head and the first GPS satellite was launched into space.

But here at Truffle Towers, the big news of February 1989 was the launch of the best kids TV game show that has ever been! Set in a zany obstacle course, Fun House delighted us young telly addicts with it’s fast paced Grand Prix, gungey games and the tag hunt finale around the house.

Fun House became an immediate hit, propelling it’s host Pat Sharp into TV stardom.  Pat hosted each of the 146 episodes of the show’s 11 year run and has since appeared on Never Mind The Buzzcocks, Come Dine With Me and I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out O Here!, famously messing with Lorraine Chase’s teddy and causing “Tedwardgate”.

Today, Pat hosts the afternoon show on national Smooth Radio, runs an online presenter academy (www.presenteracademy.co.uk) and spins his wheels of steel DJing at events all over the world.

We’re lucky enough to work directly with Pat on our range of Pat Sharp T-Shirts and Fun House T-Shirts and thought you TruffleShufflers would be as interested as we were to hear some of Pat’s memories of working in kids TV in the 80s and 90s.

TS: Let’s get the obvious questions asked first Pat… What was the best and worst thing about owning such an impressive mullet?

PS: I think the best thing about the mullet was the fact that twenty years later, people still remember it and talk about it! Not many people can say that their haircut from the 80’s is still a talking point!
The worst thing about the mullet… I suppose it would be that I ever considered it attractive!

Pat Sharp's Mullet

TS: Are you and the twins still friends? What are they doing now?

PS: Yes, we’re very much still friends, I saw them three weeks ago for lunch with their partners and kids and I’m seeing them again on Friday at a gig. Martina works for cosmetics company Clarins, and Melanie works at a motor traders in Kent.

TS: When the cameras stopped rolling, did you ever do the Fun House Grand Prix or run around the Fun House?

PS: Alas, no. We didn’t really do anything in the Fun House. We wanted the kids in the audience to see it as a kids place, and having us in there would spoil that image – it would look odd with adults in there! The camera crew were the only adults allowed into the Fun House when the audience was present.
Saying that, we would often use the ball pool as a rest area,  and I do remember having a kip in there every now and then!

Fun House TV Show

TS: TruffleShuffle customer Denise Rolls would like to know if you could gunge one person, who would it be and why?

PS: It would have to be Noel Edmonds – he’s gunged enough people in his time! He looks far too coiffured on Deal Or No Deal and needs a good gunging!

TS: Is there any truth in the rumours that have been circulating for years about Fun House being brought back and if so, would you want to front it?

PS: Yes, there is truth in the rumours, TV companies are considering it. I’d like to see an adult or celebrity version. The twins and I probably wouldn’t front it, at least in the same guise as before, but we’d all definitely be keen on a cameo role – maybe we should be the caretakers of the Fun House!
The biggest problem is that nowadays, the show would never pass Health & Safety rules. I remember we had go-kart crashes and sometimes you’d see kids standing around in agony with us trying to continue the show as normal!

Quickfire round…

TS: What was your favourite TV show as a kid?

PS: Catweazle or Here Come The Double Deckers

TS: Apart from our impressive collection of Pat Sharp T-Shirts, what one t-shirt would you most like from TruffleShuffle.com?

PS: It would have to be this A-Team T-Shirt

TS: What superhero would you most like to be?

PS: Batman – but it would have to be the original Adam West Batman – he had the best outfit and I had one as a kid!

Massive thanks to Pat for taking the time to answer our questions. It gave me a great excuse to watch a couple of old episodes of Fun House on YouTube! We really do hope the show makes a come back, and we look forward to the original three housekeepers making their cameo appearances!

And a final congratulations to Pat – today is his 27th wedding anniversary!

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Re-run the Fun! Fun House is BACK (with Pat Sharp too of course!)

If just hearing the words Fun House brings back that rosy glow of childhood nostalgia then boy do we have a treat for you!

Hosted by the legend that is Pat Sharp along with his faithful sidekicks, the unforgettable blonde cheerleader twins Melanie and Martina, it featured frankly amazing games that any kid would give his right arm to play, not forgetting of course the excellent final go-cart battle….

A game! AND a race! A real wacky place!

The show had a very credible ten year run from 1989 to 1999 but just when you thought that it was doomed to only live on in your childhood memories forever, we’re bringing it back in T-Shirt form!

Pat Sharp And The Twins Fun House T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle £24.99
Pat Sharp And The Twins Fun House T-Shirt from TruffleShuffle £24.99

Yes that’s right folks – we’ve teamed up with Pat himself to pay homage to what was a kids TV institution for any respectable 80’s/90’s kids!

The front of our new and exclusive Tee features a colour photo print of Pat (complete of course with THAT mullet) and the Twins all set against the famous Fun House set.  And as if that wasn’t enough retro goodness for one tee, the back features a print of the famous show theme tune.

Available for guys and gals here – get yours before they go and just wait for the nods of appreciation from fellow fans!

All together now…

Wacky!
Fun!
Crazy!
It’s outrageous!
Fun house, a whole lot of fun,
prizes to be won.

It’s the real crazy show where anything goes.

Fun house, it’s a quiz,
it’s a race, a real wacky place,

Use your body and your brain
if you wanna play the game!

Were you a faithful Fun House fan? Let us know your memories of the iconic show in the comments box……

Business at the front, Party at the back!

Super exciting news at Truffle Towers this week!  We have been in touch with the king of mullets from the wonderfully wacky 90’s kids show Fun House, none other than the phenomenal Pat Sharp!

We’ve got so many fond memories from watching Fun House when we were younger, it was always my dream to go on the show.  I would have loved to run laps on the go karts, speed down the Skelter Belter, traverse the Danger Net, target the trash cans and of course meet the legendary Pat Sharp!

We are very proud to announce that we are going to be working on a few tees dedicated to Pat and his admirable and awe-inspiring blonde mullet.  We are already busy cooking up some great ideas and slogans, but were also wondering if there was anything that you would love to see on a Pat Sharp T-Shirt.  What are your fondest memories of Pat?  Let us know, we would love to hear from you!