Real sloppiness counts in 'Double Dare' live

January 02, 1992|By Lan Nguyen | Lan Nguyen,Evening Sun Staff

HERE'S TO GAK in your face and green slime on your head!

On Double Dare, a kids' quiz show that's part goofy and part challenging, you win by wading through vats of gak (pudding and other foodstuff) and squirting green slime at your partner -- with the intention of getting messy.

The messier you get, the more you win. Oh joy to the slobs, kids and the young at heart everywhere.

"It's loud, it's a little bit silly, a little bit messy," said host Marc Summers, a young-at-heart 40-year-old. "It's a chance to rebel and get rewards at the same time."

The Nickelodeon cable channel films Double Dare -- now in its bTC fifth year -- at Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla. But a 90-minute version of the 30-minute show is on the road, hitting various points in the United States including Indianapolis, Philadelphia and Chicago, among other cities. Double Dare's live tour comes to the Baltimore Arena Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

About 20 contestants will be picked at random. (Hint: Jump up and down as loudly as you can.) Two families of four will compete in Sunday's event. One of the families has been chosen as part of a promotion with WBSB-Radio.

It's not only kids who are enjoying it, but parents are playing it, too. The road version involves teams of a parent and child. "How often do you see kids and parents working together?" Summers asked. "The days of the picnics and the potato sack races are gone. The show is today's version of that."

The object of the game is to get as many points as possible, either by correctly answering the questions or winning the physical challenge categories. The questions cover general knowledge, the things that kids and their parents should know. Questions can range from pop culture to history to rock groups. "What colors are Superman's boots?" (Red). "In what city was the Declaration of Independance signed?" (Philadelphia).

Other questions, though, are meant to be unanswerable so contestants have to undergo the physical challenge.

And the physical challenge is the highlight of the show -- a chance for contestants to perform outrageous stunts, get gooped up and washed down. There's the egg cymbal, for example, which forces a blind-folded contestant to hold cymbals while the other throws eggs. The object is to smash as many eggs as possible with the cymbals.

The team that gets the most points goes on to the final round, the messiest obstacle course of all. There's the Sundae Slide, where kid contestants walk up a slide that's gooped with whipped cream and chocolate pudding.

Tickets for Double Dare are available at all Ticketmaster outlets for $9.50, $7.50 for children 12 and younger. To charge by phone, call 481-6000. For more information call 347-2010.

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