‘Trust Me, I’m a Game Show’ Host Review

TBS’s Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host is everything a modern game show should be. It has the bawdiness and banter of Match Game with a side of Hollywood Squares “is this person telling the truth.”

Unlike most game shows, there are two hosts: D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black. It’s an unusual setup that works because it seems like the producers will be casting meek contestants, who aren’t entirely comfortable with the jokes and subject matters. The producers are picking people that blush when you mention boobs, so of course they’re not going to be comfortable when D.L. Hughley gives a fact about the first patent for vibrators. While it would be nice to see a contestant hold their own against two comedians, the contestants aren’t the star of the show.

The facade of a game show only serves to allow D.L. and Michael to banter, which gets a little dirty because the show is aired at 10:30 pm on cable. The fact that the Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host isn’t on network television allows both hosts to curse, tell questionable jokes, and D.L. to crack all the jokes he wants about being a black man. For some reason, that is something D.L. likes to remind the audience. He constantly calls himself “the dark side.” It’s funny the first time. By the five hundredth time, it’s been run into the ground.

As for the game play of Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host, D.L. and Michael each pose a “fact” to the contestant. One of the is lying. The other is telling the truth. There are five rounds plus a bonus round. The first round is worth $1,000. The second is worth $2,000 and so on and so forth. If every questions is answered correctly, the contestant would win $15,000 in regular game play.

No matter what happens in any given round, the contestants automatically move on. They also don’t lose money for wrong answers. The only time a contestant loses money is when they opt to remove a one of the lies in the bonus round, which varies from normal game play. Instead of having D.L. and Michael try to convince the contestant they are telling the truth, four lies and a truth are presented at once. The contestant has to guess which is the truth. The contestants have the opportunity to spend some of their money to remove a lie, which can only be used three times. The first lie costs them $1,000. The next costs $2,000 more. The third lie removal costs $3,000. Winners have the bonus round get $20,000 added to their total winnings.

Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host relies on the contestants not knowing obscure trivia and guessing. The show wouldn’t work with Ken Jennings as a contestant, but that’s fine. For every Jeopardy! out there, we need a game show that injects a lot of humor into its format and thrives on it. Not every game show can be for geniuses. Conan fans should tune into TBS a half hour early and watch Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host because the two shows work perfectly together.

About Allison Lips

I am the editor and founder of "Wait! What's a Dial?". I graduated from Rowan University with degrees in both Radio/TV/Film and Journalism.

Posted on October 23, 2013, in Cable, Comedy, Game Shows and tagged , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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