Sam Martin in "Improvised Double Dare"
Did your childhood dreams include jumping into a tub of mashed potatoes or flinging yourself down a chocolate syrup-coated slide on Nickelodeon's "Double Dare"? If so, here's your chance to cross that dream off your bucket list, complete with host Marc Summers running the show.
On Sunday, Summers hosts ComedySportz's "Improvised Double Dare," a live, comedic game show inspired by the beloved '80s and '90s program where teams of kids competed in trivia quizzes and messy physical challenges for fabulous prizes. "I always like to put myself in dangerous and unfamiliar situations and this would be one of those," Summers said by phone. "So I'm just going to have fun."
So how did ComedySportz land Summers for this one-night stand? "The way the whole thing happened was, someone Twittered me and I kind of responded and asked what it was," Summers said, laughing. "And it led to this."
In ComedySportz's version, eight cast members divide into two teams for '80s trivia, physical challenges and improv comedy segments, where audience volunteers can join in. Prizes will be awarded, but don't expect them to be of Nickelodeon caliber. "We're not going to space camp and we're not winning cars and Apple computers," Summers said. "So just come to be entertained and to participate and have fun." And to meet Summers, which you can do at the end of the show. In preparation, we dared the cast to confess their contest-related shortcomings and share their secret weapons for success.
"Improvised Double Dare"
Go: 7 p.m. Sunday at The ComedySportz Theatre, 929 W. Belmont Ave.
Tickets: $10. 773-549-8080, or ticketmaster.com
What is your area of '80s expertise?
Mark Campbell, 23: If there are any questions about Star Wars (Episodes V and VI came out in the '80s), I'll be the first to chime in. May the scores be with my team.
Ben Larrison, 27: Probably, "What it sounds like when doves cry" and "Popular rain colors," because Prince.
Maureen Winston, 32: While we try to use trivia from the original show, a lot of it is still relevant today! That said, TV and toys are two things I actually remember from the '80s, so that's my competitive advantage.
Rosie Moan, 24: Anything referring to food or animals. I relate to those things.
Sam Martin, 31: My '80s expertise lies in its cartoons. "Muppet Babies" was huge for me. I actually dreamt that I saw Nanny's face. She was lovely.
Where will you shine when it comes to the physical challenges?
Sam: I'm a decent stacker. If you need a doughnut tower, for whatever purpose, I'm your guy.
Jesse Gomez, 34: I've proven my worth in any challenge that involves tossing. I'm an excellent tosser. Always have been, probably always will be.
Mark: I tend to be the go-to player for sticking my hands into whatever messy food we've prepared. I've developed a sixth sense for finding flags in giant cakes.
Kevin Branick, 27: Failing. Failing with style.
Liz Anderson, 24: I think that everyone is an equal player in the physical challenges. Often these things are based on either luck or one person being a secret savant at catching marshmallows in their mouth. However, I am very good at keeping track at how other people are doing in physical challenges. So if you need someone to count things, I'm your gal.
What physical challenge do you most wish on your opponent?
Jesse: I prefer not to get too messy. I have great hair and I keep my clothing game tight. So, I'd rather have an opponent dig around a bucket of slime or stick their face in a pie.
Ben: Anything wherein they are forced to eat a large quantity of food in a very short period of time. Preferably Lunchables pizzas.
Rosie: Something gooey and sloppy.
Liz: The messiest ones, of course! It wouldn't be "Double Dare" if one of us didn't get absolutely covered in goop of an indeterminate nature.
Where do you feel you'll be the weak link?
Ben: Is this a trap?
Sam: I'm probably weakest when it comes to aiming paper airplanes. I would never make it as a paper airplane pilot. Paper airplane flight attendant, maybe? Don't be ridiculous; there's no such thing.
Kevin: I am not the smoothest at rhyming.
Maureen: I think that's a different game show. I'm not afraid to get messy and I hate losing!
Mark: If there's any sports trivia, I'll casually step back and let my teammates handle it. Basketball is the one on ice, right?