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Double Dare’s Marc Summers Talks Giving Ryan Seacrest A Profession Increase, And Sharing A Equally Exhausting Filming Schedule

Whereas there are many good TV hosts on the market, solely a restricted group makes it look like it was a genetic inevitability. I believe it’s protected to say that checklist would come with each American Idol’s longtime frontman Ryan Seacrest and Double Dare icon Marc Summers, as every has confirmed to be attention-grabbing in methods each skilled and non in a slew of various capacities. So it most likely makes some type of cosmic sense that Summers not solely suffered a busy, cross-country filming schedule properly earlier than Seacrest did, however he was additionally the morning present co-host’s former boss. 

For the very first panel for the era-celebrating ‘90s Con 2023 in Hartford, CT, Marc Summers took the stage for a shock Q&A that delivered as many jolts of nostalgic pleasure as any ‘80s infants may hope for. Inarguably the biggest Nickelodeon host of all time, Summers landed the Double Dare job in 1986 forward of its manufacturing in Philadelphia, whereas sustaining his facet job as a warm-up comic for broadcast reveals filming in Los Angeles, which required flying forwards and backwards. Nevertheless it was when he took on internet hosting duties for the short-lived sport present Sofa Potatoes in 1989 that his schedule went haywire. Right here’s how he defined it:

I used to be doing warmups on reveals; Star Search, Alice, Webster, What’s Occurring. That is how I used to be making my dwelling. So when Double Dare occurred, I used to be a real believer that that factor wasn’t going to final very lengthy, so I requested folks on our journal if I may maintain my warm-up job, go shoot the episodes, and after I got here again, would my warm-up job nonetheless be there? They mentioned, ‘Sure.’ Nicely, I used to be flying forwards and backwards, after which I obtained a present known as Sofa Potatoes that was about TV trivia. So I might do six reveals per week; Friday evening, I might fly to Los Angeles, get there at midnight. I might do 5 Sofa Potatoes on Saturday, 5 on Sunday, and take a midnight flight again to Philadelphia. , I used to be younger, I may do it again in these days. I could not do it now, however I did then.

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