Nickelodeon's 'Double Dare' revival on Facebook Live makes childhood dreams come true
We'll take the physical challenge: The game show celebrates its 30th anniversary by bringing back original host Marc Summers and all kinds of gunk and slime.
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Nickelodeon knows its audience from 1992 has grown up, and that's OK.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of "Double Dare," the network's The Splat brand took over the Fluxx nightclub here at San Diego Comic-Con Friday night to hold two rounds of the classic game show with original host Marc Summers.
And it wasn't just a "Double Dare" reunion: Members of the cast of Nick's sketch comedy show "All That" faced off along with journalists, Nick employees and a current cast member of the "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles" animated series to answer toss-up questions and compete in physical challenges.
The invite-only '90s-themed event was broadcast live on The Splat's Facebook page, but I got a ringside seat at the nostalgic action.
Over the course of two games, all of the show's sights, sounds and obstacles were on point, just the same as the original: "Down the Hatch" featured a mouth that a player must climb through before sliding through gunk; the "Pick It" nose was full of both slime and a flag contestants needed to grab; the "Wringer" challenged a player to slide through a messy conveyor belt; and "The 1-Ton Human Hamster Wheel" was ready for a player to run across in order to bring down a lever holding the flag.
Most importantly, Summers hadn't changed a bit -- from friendly banter with the contestants to his "On your mark...get set...GOOOO!" kicking off each physical challenge or obstacle course run.
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It was a literal mix of what a kid who grew up watching this show in the '90s would get, but with today's culture: people snapping on their phones the whole time while the event broadcast live online.
"We could do this as an adult show," Summers said -- the entire audience were, indeed, grown adults. This led into a number of innuendoes: Summers told "All That" cast member Lori Beth Denberg to get on her back for an obstacle and she replied, "I've heard that before." (The exchange brought down the house at the 21-minute mark of the broadcast, check it out below.)