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!
He was the host up until 2007 and he was still looking good …
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Off we went to find Berry Hill Food Company. Short had read really good reviews so we hoped for the best.
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.
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.
And then dessert!
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.
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.
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!
People won things, I laughed and had a great meal with the perfect bottle of wine. Pretty great Saturday night, right?