Getting the old band back together

Sometimes weirdness completely outpaces all expectation.

Sample ImageTurns out tonight was the taping of GSN’s first Game Show Awards. Suddenly Ken Jennings and Ed Toutant — whom you’ve previously glimpsed here when the three of us played an Jeopardy!-style exhibition match, and here when the three of us were 3/4 of Team USA in the European Quizzing Championships — were both in town.

Next thing you know, we’re all sitting in the Wilshire Theater surrounded by Charo, Meat Loaf, Bob Barker, Cloris Leachman, Monty Hall, and dozens of other people I grew up watching on TV.

If you’d asked me on Wednesday, I’d have told you I had no plans at all this weekend. Now I’ve got Rip Taylor’s confetti in my pockets.

Rip Taylor’s actual confetti, people.

I can’t give away any details, but it’s one of the more delirious TV productions I’ve seen. Highly recommended.

My thanks to Ken, Ed, Paul Bailey of the Game Show Congress, and some kind GSN PR people for interacting in ways that led to me finding myself in a ringside seat.