peanut gallery The term originated back in the theatre, where the cheapest seats were those way at the bottom floor and where people purchased peanuts because they were the cheapest snack. If they disapproved of the performance, they would throw the peanuts. Howdy Doody, a show that started in the 1940's (not 50's), the children in the crowd were considered the "Peanut Gallery." My memories of the Peanut Gallery is a warm one based on my experience as a pre schooler watching B&W TV in the 1950s. When I studied theater in college, I saw Peanut Gallery as part of its history. It is part of Vaudville history, Today I see it as a lighter-hearted way of having a polite but rough and tumble discussion and debate. After all, I am protecting the presenters from interruption, I also need to allow free expression and a means to collect questions to ask the presenter. I may even provide peanut emojis. Thanks.