The Price Is Right Live … In Oshawa!

Bob was the first game show host to stop dying his hair and go natural gray.

Yep, you read it right.  The Price Is Right Live … In Oshawa!  Totally weird concept and one that I totally underestimated.  I was utterly convinced that I would get on stage and win … something.  Probably not a new car, but something.  In my mind, there were only going to be a couple of hundred people in the audience so it made sense that I would be lucky enough to come on down to contestants row, right?

I loved The Price Is Right as a kid.  I remember watching it with my Grandma and, while I didn’t really know how much anything cost, I still yelled at the TV along with everyone else.  This was back in the Bob Barker days.  Wasn’t he the greatest?  The show is celebrating it’s 45th anniversary this year and Bob was on the show when it started back in 1972!

Bob Barker with a contestent named Felicitas on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Image dated February 8, 1978. Copyright ??1978 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive. File

Bob Barker with a contestent named Felicitas on THE PRICE IS RIGHT. Image dated February 8, 1978. Copyright CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved. Credit: CBS Photo Archive.

He was the host up until 2007 and he was still looking good …

Bob was the first game show host to stop dying his hair and go natural gray.

Bob was the first game show host to stop dying his hair and go natural grey!

That means he was the host of the longest running game show in the history of television for 35 years!  Then Drew Carey took over and remains the host to this day.

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I wasn’t sure about that one but I was wrong to doubt it.  Drew stepped right into Bob’s shoes and continues to close the show with Bob’s sign off, “Help control the pet population.  Have your pets spayed or neutered.  Goodbye, everybody!”  You see, Barker became a vegetarian way back in 1979 and is a huge animal rights activist.  You gotta love that.

I read the fine print on The Price Is Right Live website which stated that if we wanted to be  contestants, we had to get there early to sign up.  3 hours early.  The show started at 8 pm which meant we had to get to Oshawa for 5pm.  No problemo.  Except that when we arrived, there were already well over 300 people in line and it was raining.

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This line goes all the way around the building to the other side. Ew.

So wait we did.  And we met a lovely woman in line ahead of us who’s son had purchased her ticket for her.  I had really hoped that she would get called up to the stage.  Spoiler alert!  She didn’t.

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Her umbrella was totally 70’s!

We had dinner reservations at 5:45 and it wasn’t looking good but they opened the doors just before 5 and the line moved quickly so we perked up.  We marched right into the building.  And then to a stand still once again.

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Yep.  Why I hadn’t thought that EVERYONE who had tickets was going to want to get on stage?  And lots of them had T-shirts on that read, “Pick me!” or “If You Don’t Pick Me … Pick My Wife!” or “The Price Is Wrong Beeyatch!”.  We didn’t have a snowball’s chance in hell of getting up there.  And time was a ticking.  It was a well oiled machine though so we made it to the front of the line at 5:45 and Short called ahead to the restaurant to say we’d be late.  No sweat.

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You can see the huge awful line up at the back of the arena and then the tables at the bottom of the photo where we signed up and got our name tags.

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Off we went to find Berry Hill Food Company.  Short had read really good reviews so we hoped for the best.

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Well, it says it right on the door so it’s gotta be good!

 

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Really small interior but tastefully decorated.

 

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Beautiful light fixtures and we got a booth in the window.

I wish I had caught the waiter’s name because he was a delight.  Super cute and knowledgable and just an overall nice guy.  The menu looked fantastic and we had trouble deciding so we split a Shrimp and Chorizo starter and then Short chose the Seafood Pasta.

Short said that the pasta (made fresh daily) was the best she's ever had. It wasn't just a vehicle for sauce. It tasted great all on it's own!

Short said that the pasta (made fresh daily) was the best she’s ever had. It wasn’t just a vehicle for sauce. It tasted great all on it’s own!

I got a bottle of their Reisling (yes, a whole bottle just for me because why pretend like I’m not eventually going to drink the whole goddamn thing?) and the Catch (fresh cod) and Chips.

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So good! Delicious perfectly cooked cod topped with a slaw accompanied by spicy chunky potatoey fries, asparagus and corn on the cob.

And then dessert!

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We couldn’t decide again so we got both and split them. A chocolatey chocolate Mars Bar ice cream pie and a Peanut Butter Ice Cream pie. Aaaaaaahhhhh!

It was a lovely spot and I so hope that Oshawa keeps this place going.  They don’t have tonnes of seating but they do have tasty food and a lovely homey atmosphere.  The next time we’re there for a show, we are absolutely going back!

We got back to the arena just in time for the show to start.  The announcer was a comedian named Andy Martello.  We weren’t allowed to take photos or film anything so I downloaded the rest of the photos.

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Andy Martello warms up the crowd.

Andy introduced the host, Todd Newton, who apparently has been hosting game shows for a while but I had no idea who he was.  He looked like your typical fake tanned, too-white toothy smiley host.

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The show itself was utterly entertaining largely due to Todd.  He was spectacular.  Funny and smart and a thinking-on-your-feet kinda guy.  Totally self deprecating.  I actually developed a little crush on him as the evening progressed.  The good thing was that they cleared contestants row every game and started with 4 new people so there were lots of opportunities for the audience to “Come On Down!”.    And they had all the favourites, Punch A Bunch, Cliff Hangers (the yodelling one!) and Plinko.  Even the Big Wheel! They also gave out smaller prizes to the seated audience at the end of every game.  Some of the contestants were perfect fodder for Todd.  He was humorously elegant and rolled with the punches.

Every time they started a game, I really thought they were going to call my name, but it didn’t happen.  Surprisingly, I still had a really great time.  And not just because I was drunk.  But maybe a little bit because of the mad crush I had on Todd by the end of the show.  I’ve since Googled him and I love him even more now.  Look!

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He’s hot, right?!

People won things, I laughed and had a great meal with the perfect bottle of wine.  Pretty great Saturday night, right?

1 Comment on The Price Is Right Live … In Oshawa!

  1. Fun!

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