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Comedy Central's attempt to capitalize on the quiz show sensation
they'd cultivated in "Win Ben Stein's Money"(a show I miss quite a
bit,actually)was a great concept: gather two teams of three of
differing cultures/styles/beliefs/persona/etc.,asking questions of both
"general" and "specific" topic material(as in specific to each
team,i.e. stories about celeb sightings to a team of
Papparazzi,motorcycles to bikers to name but a very few). The winning
team kept their point total earnings as money(usually totaling between
$2,750 and $3,200)and played for a bonus $1,000 and a prize,usually
something like a motor-scooter,an outdoor grill or some living room
Host Greg Proops,probably the sharpest and most languid of the regulars on either the British or American "Whose Line is it Anyway?" mastered the ceremonies with the same ease and Olympian wit that he employed on the various comedy gigs he's done before and since. As fun as this show was,the whole thing of finding diverse teams of people(Elvis Impersonators vs. Drag Queens,Shop Teachers vs. Home-Ec teachers,Mexicans vs. Texans,Cowboys vs. Indians from India,Bikers vs. Prison Guards,my favorite)to meet over a highly silly,single-entendre quiz program was probably going to run out of steam sooner or later,and sure enough,Comedy Central didn't see the kind of ratings it wanted out of it and had it quietly pushed aside by the end of the calendar year 1999. Maybe somebody will find a way to revive this concept and attempt to make this one work again. Until then,if you can find someone who has copies of the show(because I doubt there are many out there),check'em out,because if GSN doesn't(or hasn't)decided to rerun the three and a half months of episodes,then there's little or no chance of watching this funny blend of gimmick and quiz show.
This show has a great start - the contestant combinations are witty and amusing. But the best part about this show, hands down, is the host, Greg Proops. You'll find yourself watching just to see what new ways he finds to pronounce "strategy" and "general knowledge." This show has the potential to keep going for years, and deserves some attention for its originality and host.
I really wish I could say I like this show, because I like the similar WIN BEN STIENS MONEY, I like Comedy Central and I like Greg Proops (I love WHOSE LINE IS IT ANYWAY) but I don't think this show is funny or clever enough for me to say I really like. It does have some funny moments (like when the supermodels would come up with stupid answers) but the jokes produced by Greg are really not especially witty and often recycled. The announcer Joe Liss tries to hard to be funny, too. Aside from the question catagories that are a lot like WIN BEN STIENS MONEY, the show is a very original idea that leads to laughs. Pitting Cowboys against Indians and Mall Santas against Elvis Impersonators can produce some funny gags, but stick to Ben Stien's show.
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