A classic game show comes to life in the nation’s capital! Six local celebrities, two willing contestants, and a one laid-back host equals a BLANK-ing good time during the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival! For this lifelong game show fanatic, being part of it brought my experience to a whole new level.
Match Game is one of the most popular game shows in American history. Its premise is simple: two players try to match the stars responses to a question. Then, the hilarity ensues. If you watch GSN, Match Game is the game that was ahead of its time. Stars like Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, Richard Dawson, and Patti Deustch created television magic with their zany answers. While emcee Gene Rayburn and his long microphone kept the audience on the edge and on their toes with his devilish charm. For this game show, you don’t need to be smart; you needed to be funny and daring. Nearly four decades later, this timeless classic game show has found its way during this year’s Capital Fringe Festival at the Studio Theatre. If you are a fan of the series, you are in for a great treat.
From the catchy theme music to the crazy answers, Match Game DC stays true to the original! Host Matt Stephan kept the audience going with witty one-liners and chemistry with the celebrities with such comedic timing. While the host and announcer made sure that the audience have lots of fun, it’s the local celebrities who turn the seventy-minute live show into an all-out laugh riot. The celeb line-up changes every weekend and include a mixture of sports figures, local chefs, drag queens, artists, and media personalities. For the show I witnessed, the local celebrities included Dick Dyszel (WDCA’s 20 Captain 20 & the famous Count De Vol), drag queen Queen Bambi (voted Best Drag Queen – Washington Blade 2007), Chefs Ris Lacoste and Enzo Febbraro (Two of DC’s most respected chefs), Andre Collins (Former Redskin and part of the championship Super Bowl XXVI team) and Amy Argetsinger (staff writer for the Style section of The Washington Post).
I was selected as a contestant for the second show that day. Although I did not win the game, I had a wonderful time. My highlights include having the pleasure of Queen Bambi flirting with me during the show and Dick Dyszel matching the single answer I got on the show, YAY! I have to admit that it feels good to finally be defeated in a game show. This game show is not for the light-hearted. Get ready for some sexual innuendos, dirty answers, and raucous laughter with a guarantee that you will have a great time once it’s done. During the “commercial breaks”, the show auction off special prizes with proceeds going to the D.C. Film Alliance, Food & Friends, and the Washington Literacy Council.
Two shows are left for the season
- Jul 23rd 9 pm & Jul 24th 6:30 pm
To buy tickets, click here.
Location: Studio Theatre @ 1501 14th Street NW – Washington, DC 20005
Tickets are just $17 and benefit three local charities. Don’t be a BLANK, if you love the MATCH GAME – then experience MATCH GAME DC at the Studio Theatre this month. You will have a BLANKING good time! For more information on the show: go to http://matchgamedc.com/