you have to fill out an application? If so, do you remember any of the
I don't remember having to
fill out anything, though having been only 8 years old at the time, I'm not
sure if my parents had to fill out anything or not.
the show require you to be a certain age to participate?
I don't think there were age
restrictions on audience members, but I think you had to be at least 8 or 9 to
be on the show.
you get to officially meet Marc Summers? If so what was he like?
I did manage to have a few
words with Marc during one of the commercials. He was friendly and down to
earth. Also, I don't know if this counts for anything, but I had a direct, one
to one phone call with him back in 2010.
did it feel walking into the studio for the first time? Had you been there
Walking into the studio was a
surreal, magical experience. I had never been there before.
is your best memory of being there?
My best memory of being
there, besides talking to Marc, was watching the father from the Reilly team
get his bald head almost completely covered in a white, batter-like substance,
and watching Pick-It sneeze.
you have any behind the scenes stories you can share with us?
As only an audience member
and not a contestant, I can't really say anything about what goes on behind the
I do get a tremendous feeling
of nostalgia from watching any version of this show, but most especially shows
that were taped in Philly, since I've always lived only about 10 miles away
from the WHYY studios.
back to question five, tell us about this phone call you had with Marc? How is
it that you got to talk to him?
Well, I had always hoped to meet him on a more
personal level than the fleeting encounter I had with him on the show, since he
was one of my most favorite TV people growing up. So, anyway, back when I
turned 30, my mom wanted to do something special for my birthday, and she got
the idea to try to track down Marc (he was actually in the phone book, believe
it or not) and have him as a surprise guest for the big party we had.
Unfortunately, with him being very busy with his Food Network show at that
time, he wasn't quite able to fulfill that wish, but he did call me on my
birthday, and we talked for about 20 minutes. I told him how DD was still
something I loved after so many years and told him that I had been to a taping
of FDD in 1988, though I don't think he specifically remembered exactly who I
was. I also told him about my other game show passion, The Price Is Right, and
he mentioned that, back in the early and/or mid-70s, he had been a page or done
some type of entry level work behind the scenes for that show.
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Stephanie Hoffman..as a contestant my last
name was Gonzales
Were you a contestant or an audience
Did you have to fill out an
application? If so, do you remember any of the questions?
No application, but we did go through this
"interview process" along with other candidates.
Some of the questions: what President head is
on the penny? How many crayons in a box of 16 count Crayola crayons (seriously
that was the question). I can't remember some of the others🤔
Did the show require you to be a
certain age to participate?
Yes, 13 was the age.
Did you get to officially meet Marc Summers? If so what was he like?
Just when he first came on the set when we
were pre-recording. He came out and action was called, something happened
during sound check and he was not happy he threw the mic
and told the crew to get it together before he walks out again, kind of weird
but after all was set he was happy-go lucky.
How did it feel walking into the
studio for the first time? Had you been there before?
Walking into studio was a DREAM come true,
actually it was amazing when they handed us the famous tees and Reeboks (I
wanted the British Knights). We had never been to the set, there were 11 of us
on a family vacation, and when we went through the tour they were showing some
potential new obstacles and physical challenges, then that is when they finally
asked and announced to everybody that was on the studio tour that they were
looking for contestants to film the next day. They were going to hold tryouts
the very next day, contestants had to be related because they were shooting for
a Celebrity Family Double Dare segment. My cousin and I fit the criteria, so we
went ahead and signed up.
What is your best memory of being
When they were asking us the interview questions,
I remember telling my cousin that we just had to keep smiling no matter what.
We had the biggest cheesiest smiles the entire time when they were asking us
Do you have any behind the scenes
stories you can share with us?
Apparently, they were expecting 2 celebrities
for each team and they ended up asking if there was another family member that
could join because they were down to only one celebrity per team, good thing my
uncle came to the rescue. Another thing was that all that slime was made of
applesauce that had coloring added to it, pretty much everything was edible.
Any last thoughts?
I wish there could be a Double Dare traveling
tour haha, Across the state of Texas with a stop in San Antonio at my school
campus where I teach.
For me this has been a VERY,
VERY long road but it will be well worth it when we are finally able to bring
my dream into fruition. Now, with that, I have bad news, and then I have better
news so here we go.
When we last saw our heroin she
has just missed a call from her contact at Nickelodeon legal department. Not being
discouraged she (I) called back the next day and…got a busy signal. Naturally.
But the woman called me back and said that Nickelodeon does not endorse fan
gatherings of any kind therefore they will not allow us to use the Double Dare
set for our NickCon event. Very sad indeed. For as big as they are you’d think
that they would be happy that SOMEONE out there in the world remembers them
before they were even Nickelodeon, and they said they did but still won’t let us use the Double
My next question to her was,
do you have a problem if we asked Marc Summers to come down by himself without
the Double Dare set? She said that he was free to make that decision on his own
but still they will not endorse our event.
When I contacted Mr. Bush,
President of the Altus Chamber of Commerce with that news he too was discouraged
however after a few emails we have decided that we do not want this event to
die off just because Nickelodeon will not support us. He also said that he is
going to start looking at upcoming dates and locations for the event!
Ladies and Gentlemen, we are approaching
the fuse! – In other words, we are about to take our first steps to really
getting this thing off the ground!
Now, before we all go running
around like chickens with our heads cut off in sheer joy (and for me that’s
very hard right now) let’s take a moment to breath. There is still a lot of
work to be done and I have not asked Marc if he would be like to, or if he
would be available to, come because I wanted to talk to Brian (Bush) about it
At the moment of this posting
the following guests have agreed to attend, they are just waiting on dates:
Marty Schiff, Out of Control
George James, Pinwheel
Patricia, from Old School
Scott and Adam, from The
Orange Years (hopefully they will be available)
Matthew Klickstein (hopefully he will be available)
Other guests are being discussed but we will have to wait and see.
So, for now, that’s what’s
going on. Needless to say, I am very excited but I’m still trying to keep my
head glued on. I’m very happy and thankful to Brian for sitting down with me and
listening to this idea and I’m very thankful to have him helping me with it. If
any of you would like to thank him, please post your comments and I will make sure
that he sees them.