Dogpound - Special group of audience members seen
on the late night talk show THE ARSENIO HALL SHOW/SYN/1989-94.
During the show's opening segment, host Arsenio Hall pointed to a special
section of the studio audience near the band (called the "Dogpound") and
ridiculed them with some offbeat statement which simultaneously appeared over
Jubilant to be seen on nationwide television members of the Dogpound
stood up and made a pumping, whirling motion with their fists and howled "Wuff,
Wuff," the trademark signature cry of an Arsenio Hall audience.
Some examples of Arsenio's verbal taunts included "Those are people, I hope don't stand up
because they're naked from the waist down." or "Those are people who hold up
John 3:16 signs at football games."
The "Wuff, Wuff" sound was
based on the howling sounds used at Cleveland Browns (aka the "Dogs") football
games. When asked why he chose that particular sound, Arsenio commented "It beat
lifting his leg" (like a dog on a hydrant or tree).
After the monologue and his
banter with his band (the Posse) and the audience, Arsenio began his show with
his trademark catchphrase "Let's get busy!"
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