Come On Down: True Game Show Tales by Winners, Losers, Viewers, & Folks Behind the Scenes

Come On Down: True Game Show Tales by Winners, Losers, Viewers, & Folks Behind the Scenes

by Matt Carman

You may recall a moment of live game show television where an unsuspecting wife is embarrassed to tell the host where she thinks her husband's favorite place to "make whoopee" is. After much prodding, she eventually emits a dull whisper that it's "in the butt." Suspecting an answer like "on the beach" or "in the kitchen" the host deals first aid to the moment and moves along quickly to the next topic. And it's in times like these where the veil is lifted and we get the impression that game shows aren't scripted. Or are they? This wonderfully unique anthology features essays from game show winners, losers, writers, producers, and fans. A fascinating assortment of unlikely zinesters spans a huge range of ages and backgrounds, illuminating a world the public rarely ever gets to know anything about what goes on behind the scenes. The result is a fascinating and hilarious read that also functions as an informal sociological analysis of the long-running, and completely odd, cultural phenomenon of game shows.