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Why: Katrina and Ariana want to play drinking games during the "LOST" finale. I think that is too risky - maybe if anyone opens his trap at all while the show is on, he should have to take a shot. His punishment will be that he blacks out before it's over and he misses the whole thing.
Shh.Answer: It was the cheap seats!
The peanut gallery was the topmost tier of seats, the cheapest in the house, a long way from the stage. The same seats in British theatres were (and still are) often called the gods because you were so high you seemed to be halfway to heaven, up there with the allegorical figures that were often painted on the ceiling.These seats attracted a certain class of people who thought they and each other were just hilarious. They ran their mouths during performances - and probably all day during their work, too, which is why they didn't have enough money to afford better seats. In America, these folks ate peanuts and threw them at the stage when displeased.
Source: World Wide Words
The More You Know: On "The Howdy Doody Show," the peanut gallery sat up front on the ground. The kids were the peanuts.
Also, when my brother and I got last-minute tickets to Phantom of the Opera on B-way a long time ago, we could see over the top of the chandelier. It looked not unlike this: