Peter Funt is a speaker and columnist, continuing the Funt Family tradition of making people smile – while examining the human condition.
After 15 years hosting the landmark TV series “Candid Camera,” Peter currently writes frequent op-eds for The Wall Street Journal and New York Times as well as his weekly column, distributed by the Cagle Syndicate.
His writing and public appearances contain the same pointed social observations that have made “Candid Camera” so popular since its invention by Peter’s dad, Allen, back in 1947.
Peter was editor and publisher of the television magazine On Cable. He authored the book "Gotcha!" for Grosset & Dunlap on the lost art of practical joking. Peter’s essay on the evolution of television is included in “The Story of American Business,” published in 2009 by Harvard Business Press.
Peter is a frequent speaker before groups of all kinds, using the vast “Candid Camera” library to bring his points to life. His newest presentation, “Six Decades of Smiles,” draws upon decades of people-watching to make audiences think and smile.
Peter Funt actually made his first appearance on “Candid Camera” When he and the legendary series were each just three years old. Peter Posed as a shoeshine boy who charged $10 per shoe!Since that time he has appeared in hundreds of “Candid Camera” sequences and hosted over 200 network episodes.
In addition to his hidden-camera work, Peter Funt has produced and hosted TV specials on the Arts & Entertainment and Lifetime cable networks. He also spent five years as an editor and reporter with ABC News in New York.
Peter also follows in his father's footsteps as President of Laughter Therapy Foundation, a non-profit organization started by Allen Funt in 1982. Drawing from the Candid Camera library, Laughter Therapy sends special videos, at no charge, to critically ill people throughout the U.S.
Peter received his degree in journalism from the University of Denver. In 2010 he returned to the Denver campus to be honored as a Master Scholar in Arts and Humanities, and in 2011 delivered the keynote at the annual Alumni Symposium.
He is a past winner of the Silurian's Award for radio news reporting, for his ABC News coverage of racial disturbances in Asbury Park, N.J., and a recipient of the 2001 Angel Award for television.
Peter is founder of the Monterey County Young Journalists program in California, which provides hands-on training for high school students pursuing careers in news. He also inaugurated the Courtroom Journalism competition in Monterey County in conjunction with the Lyceum Organization, and conducts a similar statewide event for the Constitutional Rights Foundation in Los Angeles.
Peter resides in Central California with his wife, Amy, and two children, Stephanie and Danny. His favorite pastimes are golf, baseball, tennis and people-watching.