Oblivious Format Prank show Created by mast media Starring Regan Burns Country of origin United States No. of seasons 2 Production Running time 30mins (inc. comms) Broadcast Original channel TNN/Spike TV Original run August 1, 2002 – June 1, 2004
Oblivious is a comedy game show that aired within the United States of America on TNN/Spike TV at various points between 2002 and 2004.
It was also aired on Challenge in the UK, Ireland and The Comedy Channel in Australia and still airs (repeat episodes) on Real TV in South Korea and on TV2 Zebra in Norway. It no longer airs on Spike TV. Comedian Regan Burns served as host.
A DVD was later released having the full two seasons of the show.
Host Burns would take a camera crew with him and ask unsuspecting people trivia questions, while playing some sort of role. The person being asked the questions didn't know they were on TV until after Burns finished asking the questions, but usually he would do one final bit in his role before revealing the truth. For every question the contestant got correct, they received $20 in cash. Five questions usually were asked per person, for a possible $100.
At the start of the show, and before and after commercial breaks, Burns would walk up next to someone on the street and ask a single question for $20, before saying "We'll be right back" or a similar phrase. On some occasions, this money was refused.
Once per episode, there was a speed round, where contestants could get $20 for every question they answered correctly within one minute. At the end, contestants got a chance at a $100 bonus question, with that amount in cash given to them if they got it right.
Once per episode, Burns would give the unsuspecting contestant a chance at up to $500 more (this was called the Lighting Round), if s/he would take on the role of quizmaster. He would walk them through it using a hidden camera and a headset microphone out of view, and for every question that the next contestant got right, the first player got $100. (The other player got $20 per correct answer regardless.)
Sometimes other actors pretend to win money with the contestant.
These are some of the disguises played by the host:
- Tennis Instructor
- Video store worker
- Camera store worker
- Travel agent
- Hollywood agent
- Gas station attendant
- Spanish person that sung songs at Taco Bell
- A man getting married at Taco Bell.
- Hospital patient
- Boxing referee
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