April Showers bring May flowers all in the Golden Afternoon
The Price is Right!!
Come on Down!!!
Has anyone attended a live taping of my favorite game show, The Price is Right? I looks like a whole lot of fun? I've been watching the show since I was a little kid with my Mom. Back then Bob had black hair! LOL
On account of Bob Barker, I am far less aprehensive to "Come On Down!!!", regardless of what it is that I am pursuing in life.
Bob is a fun, charming host. I admire his profound respect for endangered wildlife species, and the protection thereof. The game is always offering new chalenges which keep it fresh and exciting. Most of all, I like the showcase babes. They have a lot to show, and I'd like to "case" them.
P.S. Sidekick, Johnny must have a lot of fun backstage. LOL
Last edited by Ride Warrior; 08-16-2006 at 07:32 AM.
To Boldly Go Where No MiceChatter Has Gone Before!
I've been to a taping about 11 years ago, it was very underwhelming.
They hold everyone outside for a LONG time, at least two hours. Then you're shuttled past a couple of producers, who ask you innocuous questions like "Where are you from?". This is how they determine who to bring up on stage.
When you're in the auditorium, the first thing you notice is how TINY the audience and stage actually is! It shocked me. The next thing you notice is how cheesy and flimsy the props are! The Plinko board in particular looks horrible in person.
There are lots of pauses, etc. during the taping, so the momentum of the show is much different than on TV.
BUT, Bob Barker is a funny guy in person, Rod Roddy was still alive back then and had on his glittery jacket. It was an interesting experience even if it was slightly disappointing.
Originally Posted by Senator David Wu (D-OR)
Don't let faux-klingons send real Americans to war!
Originally Posted by TheHousingBubbleBlog
Everyone says that the U.S. doesn’t make anything anymore, but that’s not exactly true. We’re the world leader in the manufacturing of bull****.
I got tickets in 99 after graduation for me and some friends, and we had been at Disneyland for the last few days. Basically when we found out how far we had to drive, how long we had to wait, and that we weren't even guaranteed to get in, we decided not to go. I would still love to go on, but Bob is getting pretty old and is now losing his mind slowly. They showed a clip of him on the Soup the other day asking a beauty to protect him from a contestant. I also saw a show 2 weeks ago where a man kissed him on the cheek, and he kinda freaked out abou that too. He's about ready to retire, or at least he should be. Who do you think will take his place? Regis maybe???
April Showers bring May flowers all in the Golden Afternoon
Re: The Price is Right!!
That's a very good question. Who should replace Bob Barker and would the game show survive without him? I know he was not the original host of the program. Also a syndicated version of the show in the 80's was hosted by someone else and failed miserably.
I went to the show in April 1997 for my 18th birthday. I was a lifelong fan and I was sorely disappointed, so much so that I stopped watching for years! All the "magic" of the show is sucked right out of it when you see it live. There is a small stage, 3 doors (yes 3 doors TOTAL) and a platform for the Showcase Showdown. Everything, from the big wheel to the showcase showdown podiums, is carted out during the show. It's ALL played within a very tiny space. The doors are cardboard (manually opened by stagehands) and make a LOT of cheap-sounding noise when they open. The lights are extremely bright, they go on just before the show comes back on the air, and they dim during the "commercials". Bob also sits there and answers questions from the audience during this time. And Bob is very different off the air than on...he seems to be a lot more serious and business-like. Also, one more thing you don't see in the show was that Rod would come out and pump up the audience a few minutes before the show started. He would yell and get people excited and then they immediately transitioned into the "come on down" bit without missing a beat...I don't know if they still do that without Rod around though. For someone who announced day-in and day-out, he sure contained a lot of enthusiasm. It felt as if it was the first day that any of us had been there. I miss Rod.
They make you wait around forever and they ask you your name and then give you a number tag to wear below your "pricetag" nametage which you obviously remove before the show. But you go through MANY different phases of waiting and one of the show's producers (the most stereotypical "Hollywood" producer you could ever ask for) asks you questions then you go through a metal detector.
But if you're a lifelong fan, do yourself a favor and preserve the magic of this gameshow! I can never see the show the same way again and it totally ruined my impression of it. See it if you must, but be forewarned...it is NOTHING like you'd think it is. There's *maybe* 150-200 people and the stage is the size of a very large family room. They simply use camera tricks such as angles, wide lenses and camera positions to make the studio seem huge (notice next time that the camera never moves during a game and it its focus is VERY narrow when it does move...that is what makes the stage seem so big, also try to count the number of audience members...you'll find there's less than you think).
The psychological part of it is pretty unexpected too. As a lifelong fan, I felt they "owed" me something so I really thought I'd get on stage. As the show goes on, there's more and more of a sense of desperation throughout the audience. And finally towards the end it's like, "When do we get to leave now". I think there's some small prizes offered to the audience after the show, given away at random (like a raffle) if I can remember correctly. Every time they call someone's name there's this HUGE anticipation throughout the audience, including yourself. But just remember it's MUCH different being a part of the show than watching it on TV. There's lots and lots of unexpected stuff that you would just never even think of while you're watching TV.
Last edited by Athlonacon; 08-16-2006 at 11:18 AM.
Last October I was at a taping, that aired on Nov 22, 2005. The set was definatly alot cheesier than it appears on TV, but I was kinda expecting that anyways. Unfortunatly there was no chance of being contestants because we got tickets as VIPs. We were in the second row directly behind the contestants' green chairs. There was NO escaping the camera!!
Because our flight to LA was delayed we had literally minutes to spare before taping. The CBS page ran us through the studio so we could take our seats two minutes before the taping began. If we didn't arrive when we did they were going to fill our seats with anyone they can find. Can't have empty seats anywhere especially in the first few rows. After the taping another page came up to us and let us exit through the stage to avoid the crowds cramming toward the exit. We got to meet Bob and see other sound stages and soap opera sets. It was pretty cool.
Haven't been, but it tapes next to the Farmer's Market and it's always fun to be there and see people walking around wearing their PIR nametags
Good morning, son
In twenty years from now
Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
And I can tell you 'bout today
And how I picked you up and everything changed
It was pain
Sunny days and rain
I knew you'd feel the same things...