After the success of America's Funniest Home Videos was firmly established, Vin Di Bona Productions decided to create a new show with a different type of unusual, wacky, and strange video clips. The result was America's Funniest People, which premiered on ABC as a special in May, 1990. The ratings were good enough for a weekly show, and it became a regular series in September of the same year.

    Comedian Dave Coulier, Bob Saget's co-star from the hit comedy Full House, was tapped as the host, and he introduced and commented on the various off-the-wall performances. One of the series' trademarks was a long-running gig about a fictitious animal, "the Jackalope," and Coulier provided the creature's voice.

    The show had a prizing structure similar to AFV, with $10,000 awarded each week to the funniest video. Arlene Sorkin was the co-host from 1990-92. Actress Tawny Kitaen took over co-hosting duties from 92-94.