Stump the Schwab is an American game show that aired on ESPN Classic (originally ESPN 2). The show ran from July 8, 2004 to September 29, 2006 and featured three contestants trying to stump Howie Schwab, who was the first statistician ESPN ever had. Stuart Scott was the show’s host.
Each episode of the show had three rounds, “Leading Off”, a second round that featured a different game each time, and “The Schwab Showdown.” After each of the first two rounds, the contestant with the lowest score was eliminated.
“The Schwab”‘s record in the “Schwab Showdown” over the show’s four season run was 64-16. Click here to watch a clip from the show »No Comments
Win Ben Stein’s Money is an American television game show that ran from July 28, 1997 to January 31, 2003 on the Comedy Central cable network with episodes airing until May 8, 2003. It featured three contestants who competed in a general knowledge quiz contest to win the grand prize of $5,000 from the show’s host, Ben Stein. In the second half of the show, Stein participated as a “common contestant” in order to defend his money from being taken by his competitors. The show won five Daytime Emmy awards; Stein and Jimmy Kimmel, the show’s original co-host, shared the Outstanding Game Show Host award in 1999.
As noted in a disclaimer during the closing credits, prize money won by contestants was actually paid from a prize budget furnished by the producers of the show. Any money left over in that budget at the end of a season was given to Stein. If the total amount paid out during a season exceeded that budget, the production company paid the excess, so Stein was never at any risk of losing money out-of-pocket.
Stein’s co-host was Jimmy Kimmel for the first three years of the show’s run. Kimmel left in 2000 (though he did make occasional guest appearances afterward and even hosted College week episodes in 2001). Nancy Pimental replaced Kimmel and co-hosted the show through 2001. Kimmel’s cousin, Sal Iacono, who took over the role in 2002, was the show’s last co-host. Click here to watch a clip from the show »No Comments
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