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peanut gallery

A rowdy audience. The original peanut galleries were the cheapest, which is to say, the highest, seats in a theater or vaudeville house. Their patrons heckled and often threw peanuts (the least expensive items sold at the snack bar) at performers who didn't measure up to the audience's expectations. The most popular children's television show of the mid-20th century was Howdy Doody (Howdy, Mr. Bluster, Flub-A-Dub and other marionettes interacted with their human friends led by Buffalo Bob Smith and Clarabelle the Clown). The studio audience were children who sat in the Peanut Gallery and were encouraged to laugh, cheer, or boo at the show's riotous happenings.
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After sitting up on the hill in the peanut gallery all day, nearly anything can happen.
Brits sometimes called the topmost seating area the gods or the peanut gallery.
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Apparently such indulgences are now outre, for the members of the pundit peanut gallery have given virtually everything Clinton has done a derisive raspberry.
It is time to silence the peanut gallery and the ringmasters who are pressing to accommodate them.
When I first saw Ashton's Scenes de Ballet in 1948 and Balanchine's Nightshadow (La Sonnambula nowadays) later the same year from my seat in Covent Garden's peanut gallery, I cheerfully booed them both.
Jake shook our hands and the peanut gallery cat-called about our tardiness and hair styles.
This isn't a bunch of fringe yahoos hurling grenades from the peanut gallery for their own amusement.
amp;uot; In The Peanut Gallery, visitors can take a look at famous Peanut Gallery alumni, join the new online Peanut Gallery, or send their stories in to the &uot;Howdy Doody Great Peanut Search&uot; for people who sat in that hallowed place during the show when they were kids.