Comedian Soupy Sales was the first to bring “pieing” to TV.
Pie becomes synonymous with niceness. “You’re always as polite as pie to them,” Tom Sawyer says to Ben Rogers in Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
The first known pie-in-the-face sketch appears, in the silent short Mr. Flip.
Pie is immortalized as a sign of love in the musical Oklahoma! In one number, Curly asks Laurey, “Why do you take the trouble to bake my fav’rite pie?”
Comedian Soupy Sales (pictured, above) brings the sport of “pieing” to TV on his local Cleveland show Soup’s On. Sales later claims that over his career, he or his guests were hit by more than 20,000 pies. Close to 20 years later on That Show with Joan Rivers, Sales was challenged by Rivers to hit her in the face with a pie. Sales said he had never hit a lady with a pie, prompting Rivers to respond, "What if I said I'm not a lady?"
Don Mclean's hit single "American Pie," a reflection on the loss of innocence in the volatile ’60s, reaches No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
While campaigning against gay rights in Iowa, singer Anita Bryant was pied by gay activist Tom Higgins. Bryant's quick retort: "At least it's a fruit pie."
Special Agent Dale Cooper arrives in ABC’s creepy fictional town of Twin Peaks, known for its awesome … well, you know. “… That cherry pie is worth a stop,” he declares.
The movie American Pie spawns a franchise, launches several careers, and has a memorable pie moment. Honorable mention: the pie scene in John Travolta’s 1996 Michael.
Rupert Murdoch gets a pie to the face while testifying before Parliament.
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