Hello! Just a quick one this week, to let you know that I’m off on a family holiday for the next couple of weeks…
… So the next new entry here at the site won’t be until Tuesday September 4th. It’s going to take the form of another one of my patented HowToWinGameShowsBehindTheScenesReminiscences… this time, about one of the longest running gigs I’ve ever had behind the scenes in the world of game shows. It’ll be a multi-part post, and for those of you who are curious, here’s a not-very-difficult clue as to the show’s identity…
If you think you know which show it is, let me know in the comments section below.
THERE MAY EVEN BE A PRIZE for the first correct answer!
And when I say “may”, I actually mean “won’t”.
Until September 4th, then!
Just a quick one this week, to let you know about what I’ve got coming up for you in the not-too-distant future here at HowToWinGameShows.com. There are a number of posts in the pipeline, including:
- The final two instalments of guest blogger Ryan Vickers’ ‘Life In Game Shows’ series
- An exclusive interview with a co-host of one of the longest-running game shows in Australian television history!
- An exclusive interview with a living legend whose voice over and game show related career spans an incredible SEVEN DECADES!
- Two exclusive interviews with game show hosts!
- My first ever HowToWinGameShows movie review!
- More of my patented HowToWinGameShows Behind-The-Scenes Reminiscences (TM) of my times working on Deal Or No Deal, Shafted, The Chase Australia, 1 vs 100, The ConTest… and more!
In addition to all of that, if there’s anything you’d like to see here on the site, please don’t be shy about letting me know.
You can get in touch with me via email (Stephen@HowToWinGameShows.com), Facebook, Twitter… or simply by leaving a comment below.
Until then, then!
Just a quick, non-Tuesday post to heartily THANK everyone who supported me – and donated to the FebFast cause – over the past 28 days.
Generally, I think Febfast was a success – I only took one 24-Hour Leave Pass towards the end of the month (thank you, Ed Dolista!) – and I managed to raise nearly $600 ($589.24, to be exact) for young people living with serious disadvantage.
So again, thank you to all of you who supported me (and those of you who put up with me)…. and cheers!
Hello! Just a very quick, non-Tuesday extra-curricular post today, to let you know about something I’m doing this month.
I’m taking part in FebFast – swearing off alcohol for the month of February, for a very good cause.
FebFast helps raise funds for disadvantaged young people in Australia. From overcoming mental health issues and the impact of abuse and neglect, to finding safe housing and tackling drug and alcohol problems, FebFast funds youth workers who connect with young people experiencing disadvantage and ultimately help them stand on their own two feet.
I’ve pledged to be alcohol-free for the month of February, and if there’s a chance you’d be able to sponsor me in this endeavour – for any amount – it’d really help to make a difference.
For all the details, simply click on this deliberately ironically chosen picture of the floating head of Isaac, The Love Boat’s bartender.
Thank you for reading this far, and I’ll be back on Tuesday, with the conclusion to my piece on All Star Squares (TheFunAndTheLaughterForgetAllYourCares).
Thanks Steve, I’ll take it from here.
Just a quick one today, to wish you all a safe, happy and prosperous 2018!
May the coming 365 days be filled with love, laughter and light for you. And if you’ll be taking the plunge and appearing on a game show, please add ‘cash’ and ‘fabulous prizes’ to that list.
In 2018, I plan to continue posting here every week, and providing as many tips, hints, interviews and behind-the-scenes stories as I possibly can. And if there’s anything in particular that you’d like to see here on HowToWinGameShows.com in 2018, please don’t hesitate to let me know! I can be reached, as always, at Stephen@HowToWinGameShows.com
Now I’ll leave you to get on with all those New Year’s Resolutions… good luck!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, EVERYBODY!
In case you’re wondering, this boy in the 70s haircut and tiny lemon yellow shorts is NOT me. Nor is the monkey in a nightie.
Just a quick one today to wish you and yours a very, very happy Christmas. Whether you’re Christian, Atheist, Agnostic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, Muslim, Rastafarian, Pastafarian, Sikh or Zoroastrian, please accept my very best wishes for you, your family and your friends this festive season.
Because no matter what our varying spiritual beliefs may be, surely we can all wish each other well. We’re all just people muddling along, and doing the best we can to try and make sense of it all. The things we have in common far outweigh our few superficial differences.
A very happy, safe and kind holiday season to you and yours, and may 2018 bring all that you wish for…. and then just a little bit more.
Peace, love and light.
So the season of Brigadoon finished up on Sunday afternoon, and what a joy the whole experience was! Such a magnificent group of people to work with, and the show was well attended and well reviewed, right across the board.
‘Brigadoon’ – Me as Archie Beaton, alongside the magnificent Sally Bourne as Alice McLaren. Photo courtesy of The Production Company. Photographer: Jeff Busby.
Now, as I get ready to start my next gig tomorrow, I thought I’d just do a quick post, bringing you up-to-date with various gameshow related snippets of news, in case you haven’t seen them. So here we go.
Just thought you’d appreciate the info.
But we haven’t seen the last of him, my friends.
Also from the Jeopardy!
desk, (the ‘now-this-doesn’t-happen-every-day’ department) a real rarity, as contestant Manny Abell won with a margin of just ONE DOLLAR
, before going on to win over $42 000 in three days.
Back here in Australia, two new game shows (The Wall
have premiered in the last couple of weeks, both
to mixed reviews
, to say the least. Both of their networks are saying they’re happy with the numbers the shows have pulled in, but it is a very cutthroat market. It’ll be interesting to see how their viewing numbers settle in the coming weeks…
Who’d a thunk it?
And that’s it for this edition of How To Win Game Show news. Up next, Erin with the weather, then a human interest story with footage of a cat on a skateboard.
Photo courtesy of The Production Company. Photographer: Jeff Busby.
… except for this one, as I’m up to my kilt in Brigadoon, which people seem to be enjoying.
If you’re in Melbourne and would like to see the show, here are the details.
It finishes on Sunday, and after that, normal service will resume as soon as possible.
Until then…. OCH AYE!
Hello! I have something a little bit different for you this week. A few days ago, I was utterly delighted to receive this email from a visitor to the site…
SUBJECT: A thank you from a ‘Hard Quiz’ contestant.
I came across your excellent website earlier this year, when I was preparing to audition for ‘Hard Quiz’. Although I have a musical theatre background, I had never applied for a game show, and consequently did not know what to expect. Thanks to your very informative articles and resources, I was well-equipped to tackle the face-to-face audition process and was absolutely delighted when I was invited to appear on the show. Being an absolute research nerd, I followed your advice in researching the show back-to-front, devising my on-the-day strategy, and practising religiously at home. In particular, your interview with Gerard McCulloch gave me some clues about how to think like a ‘Hard Quiz’ writer.
My episode of ‘Hard Quiz’ aired last week. Although I did not win the Big Brass Mug, I made it into the final two, so at least I got to see one in person! Since the show aired, I’ve received a lot of lovely feedback on social media about my performance on the show, so I thought it was only fair for me to write in and say a huge THANK YOU for your virtual advice. If you feel like watching a short video of me roasting Tom Gleeson on the show, you can find it here.
Chookas for ‘Brigadoon’! I live in Sydney, so unfortunately I won’t be able to see it. I always wish The Production Company shows would tour interstate!
Yes, yes – I know what you’re thinking; “Wait a minute… This week’s post is shaping up to be nothing more than an utterly shameless one-man festival of pure, disgraceful self-congratulation. Oh come on, Hally – we expected better of you, you shameless hussy!”
Okay; firstly, a little harsh on your part… but please bear with me.
Caitlin really made my day, because this is EXACTLY the sort of thing that I wanted this blog to be all about.
The whole idea when I started this blog, back in March 2013
was to provide a resource for people wanting to go on game shows. And that’s exactly what Caitlin has used the site for. If you’re thinking about auditioning for a particular game show, there are a whole lot of articles and interviews here, on a wide variety of them…. including Wheel of Fortune
, Family Feud
, The Chase: Australia
, Hard Quiz
, Millionaire Hot Seat
, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire…
to name just a few!
You can SEARCH for the show you’re interested in with the handy dandy SEARCH bar above (in the top right corner of the page).
Or just click on the title of the show you’re interested in, in the “CATEGORIES” section. (Also on the right hand side of the page, a little lower down).
So I’d like to thank Caitlin for reminding me to remind you about the features of this site, and how to use them. Caitlin’s next game show adventure may very well be on The Chase: Australia, and so I wish her the very, very best of luck with that!
I think that’s it for now. Please do take advantage of all the resources here before applying for your particular game show experience – YOU are exactly the person that I’m compiling them for!
As always, I wish YOU the very best of luck, and I heartily encourage you to do all the homework you can, to give yourself the game show edge…
Now go get ‘em!
Hello everyone. Sorry, but there’s no post here today.
Apart from this one.
You see, I haven’t had time to prepare a game show-related post for the blog this week, because yesterday I just started an intensive rehearsal process for the stage musical Brigadoon, which will be on in Melbourne… just 3 weeks from now!
So please bear with me for the next couple of weeks, and normal service will resume as possible. We have another instalment of Ryan’s Life In Game Shows coming up, and I also have some more behind-the-scenes anecdotes and reminiscences, which I hope will in some way prove helpful to you.
In the meantime, I must dash back off to the Scottish highlands, and my kilt is beginning to chafe….