Doug Loves Movies Challenge 366!

Doug Loves Movies Challenge 366 for 2016!

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Comedian Doug Benson invites his friends to sit down
and watch 366 movies in 365 days! @DougBenson

DOUG LOVES MOVIES! #DLMChallenge #366Movies #365Days #365Movies

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Doug Benson (screenshot from Periscope)

WE LOVE MOVIES TOO DOUG!
So, we decided at the end of 2015 to accept the DougLovesMovies 366 Movies Challenge and we succeeded in watching well over 366 films (plus a few HBO & Netflix mini-series, too much election news coverage, the MLB Playoffs/WorldSeries and NFL Football Regular Season Games) in 2016!

We began the challenge on January 2nd and finished watching our “366th film” on December 30th. We kept a list as we watched, but ultimately forgot (for several reasons) to write some down. It wasn’t easy and we don’t recommend it, but we did it, it was fun and now we’re done with it.

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Doug Benson is “SuperHigh Me!”

MY DOUGLOVESMOVIES 366 CHALLENGE 2016 MOVIE LIST:

  1. The Martian
  2. The Big Lebowski
  3. Office Space
  4. Westworld
  5. The Godfather Epic
  6. Tapeheads
  7. O Brother Where Art Thou?
  8. Drunk Stoned Brillant Dead, The Story of the National Lampoon
  9. Kingsman: The Secret Service
  10. Serenity
  11. AntMan
  12. Get On Up
  13. Where The Truth Lies
  14. Any Given Sunday
  15. The Imitation Game
  16. Mad Max Fury Road
  17. Mr. Holmes
  18. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
  19. Unbroken
  20. The Freshman
  21. Stripes
  22. The Outlaw Josey Wales
  23. Bridge of Spies
  24. The Death of Superman Lives! What Happened?
  25. Animal House
  26. The Music Never Stopped
  27. Notting Hill
  28. 2001 A Space Odyssey
  29. Last Vegas
  30. The Program
  31. Love & Mercy
  32. Cheech & Chong’s Next Movie
  33. The Lovely Bones
  34. Breaker Morant
  35. Sunset
  36. Eulogy
  37. Mystic Pizza
  38. Borat
  39. Taking Woodstock
  40. Fever Pitch
  41. Into The Blue
  42. The Hudsucker Proxy
  43. Cheech & Chong’s Up In Smoke
  44. Electric Boogaloo, The Wild Untold Story of Cannon Films
  45. Brewster’s Millions
  46. Pearl Harbor
  47. Platoon (Best Picture Winner!)
  48. The Chamber
  49. Erin Brockovich
  50. The Aviator
  51. Big
  52. The Money Pit
  53. Beetlejuice
  54. Heaven’s Gate (IT SUCKED BIG TIME!)
  55. Mandela, Long Walk To Freedom
  56. Knuckleball
  57. Shrink
  58. Spotlight (Best Picture Winner!)
  59. The Alamo (the original)
  60. The Lord of the Rings – Fellowship of the Ring
  61. The Lord of the Rings – The Two Towers
  62. The Lord of the Rings – The Return of The King (Best Picture Winner!)
  63. The Hobbit, An Unexpected Journey
  64. Music and Lyrics
  65. U-571
  66. Ali
  67. Bicentennial Man
  68. The Three Amigos
  69. The Ladies Man
  70. Malcolm X
  71. Club Paradise
  72. Get Shorty
  73. Entourage, the Movie
  74. SPECTRE (James Bond 007)
  75. The Matrix
  76. Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
  77. Sudden Impact
  78. The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies
  79. Blazing Saddles
  80. A Few Good Men
  81. Glory
  82. Dazed and Confused
  83. The Stoned Age
  84. The Birdcage
  85. Vacation (the remake)
  86. Black Mass
  87. Raising Arizona
  88. Worth Winning
  89. Play It To The Bone
  90. Super Troopers
  91. Spy
  92. Saving Silverman
  93. Trouble With The Curve
  94. Mr. Holland’s Opus
  95. Quiz Show
  96. The Bad News Bears (the original)
  97. Eight Men Out
  98. Avengers: Age of Ultron
  99. Ricky and the Flash
  100. Marked for Death
  101. Mean Guns
  102. I Spit On Your Grave (remake)
  103. Waterworld
  104. Patriot Games
  105. License To Drive
  106. Attila
  107. Life With Mikey
  108. Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  109. The Hateful 8
  110. Chappie
  111. All Things Must Pass (Tower Records Documentary)
  112. Cry-Baby
  113. The Fugitive
  114. Three Kings
  115. Fight Club
  116. High Fidelity
  117. Up In The Air
  118. The Englishman Who Went Up A Hill and Came Down a Mountain
  119. Bubble Boy
  120. Snow White and The Seven Dwarves (Disney Classic!)
  121. The Big Short
  122. Cobb
  123. Jurassic World
  124. Repo Man
  125. The Package
  126. Jurassic Park
  127. Slapshot
  128. Field of Dreams
  129. Rules of Engagement
  130. Troy
  131. Star Wars, The Force Awakens
  132. Great Balls of Fire
  133. Heartbreak Ridge
  134. Very Semi-Serious, A Partially Thorough Portrait of the New Yorker Cartoons
  135. Convoy
  136. Harsh Times
  137. The Killer Elite (the original)
  138. Blues Brothers 2000
  139. Cold Mountain
  140. History of the World, Part 1
  141. The Blues Brothers
  142. American Pie
  143. The Jackal
  144. Blow
  145. Scarface
  146. 12 Monkeys
  147. 10 Things I Hate About You
  148. She’s All That
  149. The Intern
  150. A Civil Action
  151. Echoes of War
  152. Big Trouble In Little China
  153. The Fabulous Baker Boys
  154. Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation
  155. Unforgiven (Best Picture Winner!)
  156. The Great Outdoors
  157. Roadhouse
  158. Ocean’s Thirteen
  159. Deadpool
  160. E.T., the Extraterrestrial
  161. Knocked Up
  162. Arachniphobia
  163. Kate and Leopold
  164. Woman In Gold
  165. Kiss The Girls
  166. The Score
  167. Ruthless People
  168. Kill Kane
  169. Ask Me Anything
  170. Snatch
  171. American Gangster
  172. Cinderella Man
  173. Bone Tomahawk (just BAD)
  174. Mississippi Burning
  175. Species
  176. Along Came A Spider
  177. The Help
  178. Wall Street
  179. National Treasure
  180. The Grateful Dead Movie
  181. Ray
  182. Atari: Game Over
  183. Groundhog Day
  184. Sneakers
  185. Kid Poker
  186. I Am Road Comic
  187. We Are Marshall
  188. Tropic Thunder
  189. Meet The Hitlers
  190. What’s Up Doc?
  191. Shaft (the remake)
  192. Straight Outta Compton
  193. The Last Witchhunter
  194. Hitman
  195. Heartbreakers
  196. Paper Moon
  197. Hail Caesar!
  198. Runaway
  199. The Alamo (the remake)
  200. Our Brand is Crisis
  201. Down and Out in Beverly Hills
  202. Dirty Grandpa
  203. Genesis, the Sum of the Parts
  204. The Professional
  205. Clerks 2
  206. Charlie Wilson’s War
  207. Hardcore
  208. Autofocus (Big Smile!)
  209. Private Resort
  210. Superman II – The Richard Donner Cut
  211. Dough
  212. The Man Who Knew Too Little
  213. The Fantastic Four 2: Rise of The Silver Surfer
  214. Breach
  215. Phoenix
  216. National Lampoon’s Van Wilder, Party Liason
  217. The Express
  218. The Firm
  219. The Warriors
  220. Rudy
  221. Ghost
  222. Wild Bill
  223. Freedom
  224. The 33
  225. Casino Royale (James Bond 007)
  226. Ted 2
  227. Friday Night Lights
  228. The Fifth Element
  229. Coyote Ugly
  230. Spring Broke
  231. Burnt
  232. Remember The Titans
  233. Mr. Mom
  234. Shooter
  235. The Babe
  236. The Rookie (with Dennis Quaid)
  237. Enemy At The Gates
  238. Captain America: Civil War
  239. Man With The Golden Gun (James Bond 007)
  240. Terminator 2: Judgement Day
  241. Necessary Roughness
  242. The Latin Explosion: A New America
  243. Thunderball (James Bond 007)
  244. Invincible
  245. Fury
  246. Kinsey
  247. Blackhawk Down
  248. We Were Soldiers Once and Young
  249. Boiler Room
  250. Dragonheart
  251. Apollo 13
  252. Guardians of the Galaxy
  253. Blue Thunder (the original)
  254. Easy Rider
  255. The Big Picture
  256. Patton (Best Picture Winner!)
  257. EdTV
  258. Leap of Faith
  259. Harlem Nights
  260. Total Recall
  261. Drumline
  262. Sicario
  263. Master and Commander, The Far Side of the World
  264. Mallrats
  265. Whisky Tango Foxtrot
  266. Dances With Wolves (Best Picture Winner!)
  267. Buffalo Soldiers (with Danny Glover)
  268. Ghandi (Best Picture Winner!)
  269. Say Anything
  270. Far and Away
  271. Thirteen Days
  272. The Night Before
  273. Robocop (the original)
  274. Captain America: The First Avenger
  275. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
  276. Pulp Fiction
  277. The Count of Monte Christo (the remake with Jim Caviezel)
  278. Castaway
  279. Close Encounters of the Third Kind
  280. The Transporter
  281. Blast From The Past
  282. Sisters
  283. The Peacemaker
  284. Tron (the original)
  285. X-Men: Apocalypse
  286. The Prestige
  287. Dreamscape
  288. Underfire – The Untold Story of Tony Vaccaro
  289. The Bourne Ultimatum
  290. Flash of Genius
  291. Warlock
  292. I Love You Man
  293. Lumberjack Man
  294. Used Cars
  295. Old School
  296. Return of A Man Called Horse
  297. Uncle Nick
  298. Jobs
  299. The Seven-Five
  300. Game Change
  301. 40 Days and 40 Nights
  302. Summer School
  303. The Rainmaker
  304. A League of Their Own
  305. The Wedding Ringer
  306. Mr. Right
  307. Dune
  308. Joy
  309. Amistad
  310. Bugsy
  311. Term Life
  312. Pauly Shore Stands Alone
  313. She Hate Me
  314. The Legend of Tarzan (the remake 2016)
  315. Trainwreck
  316. Race
  317. Last Man Standing (with Bruce Willis)
  318. The Scout
  319. Out Of Sight
  320. The Jungle Book (live action)
  321. Georgia Rule
  322. The Lost Boys
  323. Volunteers
  324. The Great Raid
  325. How To Be Single
  326. Big Fat Liar
  327. The Buddy Holly Story
  328. Hotel Rwanda
  329. White Men Can’t Jump
  330. Definitely Maybe
  331. Cutthroat Island
  332. Valkyrie
  333. Any Given Sunday, The Director’s Cut
  334. Everybody Wants Some
  335. The Dramatics: A Love Story
  336. Hackers
  337. Public Enemy: Live From Metropolis Stadium
  338. The Runaways
  339. Shanghai Noon
  340. Rockstar
  341. Larger Than Life
  342. Bad Teacher
  343. Baby Boy
  344. Last Knight
  345. Windtalkers
  346. Outbreak
  347. The Bucket List
  348. Smokey and The Bandit
  349. The Ladykillers
  350. American Wedding
  351. The People vs Larry Flynt
  352. F/X
  353. Zero Days
  354. War Dogs
  355. Predator
  356. Superbad
  357. The Ghost and The Darkness
  358. Minority Report
  359. Let It Ride
  360. Good Morning Vietnam
  361. Tremors
  362. The Brady Bunch Movie
  363. Fools Rush In
  364. Pale Rider
  365. The Running Man
  366. It’s A Wonderful Life

Extra-Credit:
HBO’s “Band of Brothers” and “The Pacific” multiple episodes
HBO’s “Game of Thrones” Seasons 1-5 Complete Marathon!
Netflix “The Last Kingdom” 8 episodes
Rain Man (Best Picture Winner!), The Silence of the Lambs (Best Picture Winner!), The Sting (Best Picture Winner!), The Departed (Best Picture Winner!), Argo (Best Picture Winner!), Titanic (Best Picture Winner!), Apocalypse Now (Best Picture Winner!), Spiderman (with Tobey Maguire), Where The Buffalo Roam, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Monty Python & The Holy Grail, Caddyshack, Iron Man, X-Men: Days of Future Past, Fletch, Dr. No and Goldfinger (James Bond 007).

NOTE: Many of the films on our list we’ve seen before (more than once) and we watched many of the films multiple times during the year. We have listed 366 different films, but we watched even more in 2016!

And LOOK at what they did to the Hollywood Sign (again):

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January 1, 2017 – Hollywood, California

JoshWillTravel Loves Movies too!

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“Far Out Man”

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Jeff Bridges as The Dude in “The Big Lebowski”


 

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“Rockin’ Good Times!” A Cable Television Variety Show for $100!

“Rockin’ Good Times!”
starring Stan Davis and The Congregation

Produced by Joshua Weisel for Cable Access Television

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30 minute Variety Show
Shot LIVE in 1997 at TCI Cable Studio in Sherman Oaks for under $100.

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Opening Number “Underwater” followed by the Host’s monologue (standup comedy performed by Stan Davis), 2nd musical number “Lemondrop” and the interview and introductions with the band followed by the closing number “Turn It Out”.

The Congregation “Underwater” performed on “Rockin’ Good Times!”

The Congregation “Lemondrop” with interview and introductions by Stan Davis

The Congregation “Turn It Out” performed on “Rockin’ Good Times!”

NOTE: The program was shot LIVE on tape without any interruption or break. Unfortunately, most of the “technical details” were beyond our control and we were at the mercy of the Cable Access Television crew and their equipment for the video and audio.

SECOND NOTE: Unfortunately, the Host Monologue/Stand Up Comedy portion of the show starring Stan Davis was not uploaded with the musical numbers and interview.

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Once upon a time the giant cable companies were mandated to provide facilities and airtime for Public Cable Access. Pro and Con Productions decided to use this avenue to produce and shoot a “Demo” for a 30 minute variety show we called “Rockin’ Good Times!” and hosted by our talented management client at the time Stan Davis. We enlisted The Congregation and their manager, who we had met when we worked at Warner Brothers Records A&R, to be the musical guest.

Studio time and equipment was provided for FREE by TCI Cable in Sherman Oaks (which would later become Time-Warner and now Spectrum) after attending an orientation and training class. The equipment was far from “state of the art” (and so was the crew) but it was free, functioning and able to produce adequate broadcast quality video. Our studio time was also very limited, so we set-up, blocked, shot and struck the show in about two hours without any time for in-studio rehearsal.

We paid for the 3/4″ mastering and VHS videotapes. We also provided refreshments for our cast, crew and very limited audience. Total cost was under $100 for the entire production.

Public access studio time: $0 , two 3/4″ & two 1/2″ videotapes: $48, finding your vids posted on YouTube 14 years later: PRICELESS! (found it online in 2012)

“Rockin’ Good Times!” is currently available for airing on 3/4″ Video Master or VHS video.
Contact me if you would like to view the entire program and/or fund the next episode.

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Big Thanks to Stan, Katy, TCI Cable, the Crew,
Kevin, Andrew and all the Guys in The Congregation!

William Stanford Davis at IMDB.com:
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1017853/?ref_=nv_sr_1

Kevin Sandbloom – Red Llama Music: http://www.kevinsandbloom.com

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MONDAY! MONDAY!

MONDAY! MONDAY!

Thanksgiving 2016 is done. No more leftovers!
“Black Friday” is past and it’s officially the Holiday Season.

Today is “Cyber Monday” the online shopping celebration!

HOORAY for American Consumerism! “SHOP ‘TIL YOU DROP!”
Spend that money! Charge up those credit cards! Buy more stuff!

Buy American! Buy MADE IN THE USA! Support small businesses!
Don’t buy cheap sh*t “Made in China” and “Hecho in Mexico”!

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MONDAY! MONDAY! Remember MTV?

Before cellphones, before the internet, before iTunes and other digital apps, before YouTube, there was MTV (that’s MusicTelevision) on cable.

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NSFW! Here’s a little Neil Young & Crazy Horse music video I worked on long ago…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BKaDCP-wKr8

And this one: Neil Young & Crazy Horse – “Mansion On The Hill”:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1WpgTzf8nk

And I just discovered that they shot this too while I was off set on runs! After almost 30 years… Neil Young “Farmer John” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GXOeNLs0EBY

All three vids were shot at The Troubadour in West Hollywood to support the “Ragged Glory” album!

My story, written about the gig (and others), you can read the Blog about here:
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MONDAY! MONDAY!

Be thankful for all you have! Be thankful for family and friends!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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There is no joy in Mudville, the Dodgers have struck out. (again)

DODGERS LOSE! 

There is no joy in Mudville… the Dodgers have struck out. (again)

MLB NL Playoff Game 5: NY METS 3 – LA DODGERS 2

Farmer John hotdogs (Dodger Dogs) are gross. And we’re still boycotting the Los Angeles Dodgers, Time-Warner and any of their sponsors:

Boycott! Posted on facebook April 6, 2015

Dodgers Blackout Boycott! Posted on facebook April 6, 2015

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They suckered you in and took your money. You bought your hat, jersey, bobbleheads and other merch. You don’t get to watch the game on TV (FU TWC), and how much did you spend on tickets, parking and overpriced concessions to see them play at Chavez Ravine? And now when it counts, they fold like a bad poker hand and let you down again.

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One minute after my post, “Get ready Dodgers fans, it’s choke time….”
the NY Mets hit a home run and went ahead 3-2 and ultimately won the game.

Here’s the “Live Facebooking” with my friend Keith until the end of the game:

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I’ve been a fan since the original Dodgers Pepsi Fan Club in the 70s. I haven’t been able to watch games on TV for TWO YEARS!

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Sorry Keith. Dodgers lose again.

Better order that LAPD “Tactical Alert” right now…

FIRE MATTINGLY! END THE BLACKOUT! GO CUBS!

Maybe the games will be televised in Los Angeles next season. I saw the massive Police presence at Dodgers Stadium for Game 5 and had to wonder who pays the tab for the Police and other Los Angeles City Services during a baseball game?

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Dodgers Game on FREE TV at The Brickroom in Ashland Oregon – June 2015

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FU TWC!

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UPDATE: October 28, 2015 – The Dodgers and Don Mattingly have gone their separate ways! The Cubs did not win the playoffs and the first game of the World Series went extra innings with the Kansas City Royals defeating the Toronto Blue Jays. The Blackout and BOYCOTT continues! FU TWC! Who will be the next Dodgers General Manager?

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS AND SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

I will not spend a penny on any Los Angeles Dodgers’ tickets/food/merchandise until the games are televised!

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

Greedy bastards. (and the Dodgers are complicit in f*cking the fans)

Dodger Stadium - Los Angeles, California (copyright 2010 Joshua Weisel)

Dodgers Stadium at night – Los Angeles, California (copyright 2010 JoshWillTravel)

 

BOYCOTT THE LOS ANGELES DODGERS
AND CHARTER/TIME-WARNER SPECTRUM CABLE!!!!!

NOTE: This Blog was UPDATED Thursday, March 9, 2017 to reflect the name change and add more stuff. Vin Scully may have retired, but the blackout continues.

Time/Warner Cable had so much bad press and it’s terrible reputation forced them to rebrand as SPECTRUM CABLE. Don’t be fooled, it’s the same horrible company.

KTLA (channel 5 ) in Los Angeles will be simulcasting 10 games this season.
That’s all. Dodgers fans who don’t have Spectrum are still unable to watch games.
The Boycott is still on!

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No World Series again. Maybe next year…… (this was 2015 or 2016)

 

 

UPDATE NOVEMBER 7, 2017:

Well they made it to the World Series in 2017, won the championship and then choked hard in Game 7. Yu Darvish threw the game away in the first inning and they were done.

So this year, you jumped on the band wagon and spent your BIG money on tickets, parking, food and merchandise. Or you have Time-Warner/Spectrum/SportsNet and are paying for the privilege to watch the games on television. Then they let you down again.

Half the population in Los Angeles still can’t watch the games. The City Council is paid off to ignore this problem and the citizens of Los Angeles are still paying for the Dodgers!

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F*CK YOU SPECTRUM & SPORTSNET!

CALL IT THE CURSE OF TIME-WARNER! The Dodgers will never win the World Series until the games are broadcast FREE to the citizen of the City of Los Angeles.


 

WIN BEN STEIN’S MONEY!

I am reposting an old Geocities blog story because someone brought it up on facebook. It’s not really travel related, unless you’re coming to Los Angeles to be on a gameshow, but it’s a good story.  I have the episode on videotape somewhere.

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I was a contestant on “Win Ben Stein’s Money”.

I won some (although not all) of Ben Stein’s Money!

Here is the recounting of my game show experience:

I’ve never been on a game show before, or even tried out for one.  I grew up watching gameshows, first the daytime ones with my grandmothers (The Price Is Right, Truth or Consequences and Jeopardy) and then afternoon (Match Game) and evening ones (Beat The Clock, The Joker’s Wild, Hollywood Squares, Name That Tune and the new Jeopardy) as I grew up.

I’ve been a fan of Ben Stein’s since before his appearance in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and often read his articles in Penthouse while I was growing up (yes I read the articles).  So when Comedy Central gave him a game show with “Jimmy The Sports Guy from KROQ” as his sidekick I had to watch.

In case you’ve never seen the show, it’s a “hip Jeopardy for the gen-x generation” although it appeals to intellectual types of all sexes, races and ages.  Ben Stein is the host and Jimmy Kimmel is the sidekick and co-host.  The show is broken down into three rounds: the first, three contestants compete to answer questions, the player with the lowest score at the end of the round is eliminated; the second, two contestants and Ben Stein (who now becomes a player) compete and the player with the lowest score is eliminated; and the third and final round is the “BEST OF TEN TEST OF KNOWLEDGE” where the remaining contestant competes against Ben, both are asked the same ten questions and the highest score wins.  If the player beats Ben he wins $5000.

So the procedure for getting on the show:

1. visit http://www.futility.com and get the number to call to be a contestant.

2. Call and leave your info on the hotline.

3. Wait a while.

4. Be ready because they’ll call when you least expect it and give you a ten question quiz (and it’s not easy) on the phone.

5. If you pass the phone quiz you’ll be invited down to KTLA and there you’ll be given a thirty question written test.

6. Then they’ll explain the procedure for you and if you pass the written test, you get to stay and audition for the game by playing in front of the contestant reviewers.

7. Wait a while.

8. If you’re right for the show, they’ll call you and let you know that you’ve made the “contestant pool” and you’ll be asked to tape sometime in the near future.

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9. Wait a while.

10. Eventually they’ll call you with a taping date and send you a contestant information packet in the mail.

11. Wait a  while.

12. When your taping date arrives they ask you to arrive at KTLA at 11:15am and be prepared to go until 7pm because they tape three or four shows a day when they tape.

I arrived at 11:15 on my taping day (after having to reschedule once and then being rescheduled once because Jimmy had decided to leave the show) and we waited until a little after 11:30 on the curb at the guardshack to walk to the stage.  We were taken upstairs to the green room and filled out paperwork (rules, waiver, release and W-2).  They reviewed the rules with us and explained the procedure for the game (including the rules in case of a tie or a technical problem).  The we sat and waited.

They came in a picked the first three to play and the rest of us waited and watched the game on closed circuit tv.  They were taping four shows on my taping day so there were thirteen people and the contestant coordinators in close quarters for a while.  The first three contestants taped the first show.  When they came to pick the next three, they picked me to play against a guy about my age and an older woman

We were miked with radio microphones, the contestant wrangler walked us down to the set, the audience was loaded in from the first taping, and the stage manager gave us instructions.  We got to test the buzzers and then we waited for Ben to come down to the set.  When he arrived he greeted us, his competitors and wished us luck.  Because of Jimmy’s sudden departure from the show, they have a new co-host/sidekick a sexy and funny woman named Nancy…but she was still learning the game and the workings of the show (it was only her third day!) so it was a little rough.  She reviewed our intros and we were ready to go.

Nancy Pimental and Ben Stein

Nancy Pimental and Ben Stein

I did well in the first round and was in the lead when it ended.  In the second round Ben smoked both me and the older woman, but because I was in the lead I won and got to face Ben in the final round.  I let Ben go first and he scored a four.  The ten questions were hard.  But I too scored a four and tied Ben!

During the second and third round I had a nice conversation with Ben about his writing and the show.  After I tied him, Ben congratulated me and thanked me for wishing him good luck (he told me that it was “very sportsmanlike”).

The show will air next season, sometime after April.  I get paid 120 days after it airs…so I’ll see the money next summer.

All in all I had a great time!  I spent about eight hours total between the audition and the taping, met Ben Stein, made it to the final round and went head-to-head with him, tied him and won some of his money!  Not bad for a day’s work!

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