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Greg interviews the people that are responsible for Pumped!, his new TV series, and does some Malebag.
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Cable racing network SPEED debuted its newest game show on Thursday night. Pumped! gives unsuspecting motorists a chance to win gasoline gift cards for correctly answering trivia questions.
It is a fast-paced, ambush-style quiz show that transforms everyday people into instant game show contestants, all while filling up their gas tanks at their local gas station. Host Greg Fitzsimmons guides players through multiple rounds of automotive and pop culture question and answer games, affording them the opportunity to win cash and prizes while fueling their cars.
Fitzsimmons positions himself at undisclosed Sunoco gas stations in and around some of America’s busiest intersections, “ambushing” unsuspecting patrons for a chance to win up to $1,800 in cash (including $50 Sunoco gift cards) upon successfully answering a series of trivia questions.
Fitzsimmons is a comedian who has performed his standup routine on shows like The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Chelsea Lately and Comedy Central Presents, while also hosting his own radio show, The Greg Fitzsimmons Show, on SiriusXM Howard 101. He also offers the Fitzdog Radio podcast.
“I’m just a guy who’s coming up to them and trying to have some fun,” Fitzsimmons said. “I’m not putting pressure on them to play the game. Not trying to tell a bunch of funny jokes, I’m trying to bring out what’s fun in an already funny situation.
“I did improv in college and I’ve done standup. Now, my standup has been a lot of listening to people as opposed to just trying to say funny things. I think in this show, the best games we can play are when the people feel comfortable and respond to how they are feeling,” he said.
“The show is essentially broken down into three games and a bonus,” said Nick Rigg, Leopard Films USA President. “What we see in the first game is kind of a strict ‘true or false.’ Greg wants to push them hard, so they will make it through. He can be quite cutting and tough with them. In the second round, he becomes a bit friendlier. Once they start making some money and (move) into the third round, he’s very much behind and working with them. It’s based on fun and what we’ve found is the contestants have risen to it–and really enjoy it as well.”
Even though it’s a simple concept by design, it’s not always easy to shoot. With each segment set within an ever-changing environment, a multitude of distractions and obstacles can make shooting an episode more challenging.
“You’ve got fire engines and people in reverse making that beeping noise,” Fitzsimmons said. “Then you’ve got gas trucks pulling in to fill up the tanks, and our whole set is on top of where they need to be, so they aren’t the most pleasant guys at that moment. You also have people honking, people in the background waving their arms and helicopters flying overhead. For every take we get that’s clean, there’s another take where we have to stop or re-ask the question, so we’re definitely on our toes to make sure whatever we do, we get it right.”
SPEED, anchored by its coverage of NASCAR, is the nation’s first and only cable television network dedicated to automotive and motorcycle racing, performance and lifestyle. Now available in nearly 84 million homes in North America, SPEED, is a member of the FOX Sports Media Group, the umbrella entity representing News Corp.’s array of multi-platform U.S.-based sports assets.
Meet Pumped Host Greg Fitzsimmons
By Carrie Grosvenor
Speed’s new game show, Pumped, premieres tonight at 9pm Eastern. The show is hosted by Greg Fitzsimmons (remember him from Idiot Savants, anyone?), and features contestants being approached at the gas station and offered the chance to play. Answer a few trivia questions, score a bit of cash. Not a bad deal, really.
I had the chance to speak to Fitzsimmons this week, and we discussed the show and what it’s all about. Check out my Interview with Greg Ftizsimmons for a sneak peek at Pumped – and for those of you who complained that the $1,800 top prize was “cheap,” you’ll be happy to know that I asked him about that. His answer made sense to me, but I’d love to know what you all think about it!
Don’t forget to catch Pumped tonight, and then stop by and share your thoughts on the show.
The Speed Channel’s new game show “Pumped!”, Hosted by Greg Fitzsimmons debuts Thursday, November 17th 9PM/PST!
Celebrity Travel Spotlight: SPEED host/comic Greg Fitzsimmons
Stand up comic, author and Emmy-winning writer Greg Fitzsimmons is a frequent guest on the Howard Stern show and hosts his own show on SiriusXM’s Howard 101 channel, as well as his popular “FitzDog Radio” podcast. He won a Cable Ace award for an MTV game show he hosted and he’s returning to that genre as the host of a new game show on SPEED Channel called Pumped! which premieres tomorrow Nov. 17 at 9 p.m. It’s been described as “Cash Cab” at gas stations. Having traveled the U.S. many times over as a comic, here are Greg’s favorite places in the country…
My favorite place in the U.S. to visit is…Austin, TX. There’s a great comedy Club called Cap City and crowds are rowdy and funny. After the shows I love going out to 6th street and shooting pool or hearing good live music. BBQ is amazing and everyone treats you like a friend.
The first thing I do when I go to Austin is…I go to Jackalope. It’s on a crowded spot but feels like you are in a roadhouse outside of town. I go with the staff from the comedy club.
Everyone should visit…Venice Beach, CA…at least once. I live here because it is filled with freaks and feels like New York, where I am from. Everyone knows their neighbors and there are things happening everywhere all the time. The beach itself has “Muscle Beach” surfing, street ball (like in “White Men Can’t Jump”) Tattoo parlors, marijuana shops and women in bikinis. You can’t lose.
Driving up the coast of California is probably the most beautiful drive you can take in the U.S. There are great places to stop along the way but it still feels very deserted.
My favorite restaurant to eat at in the U.S. is…I love The Outback Steakhouse when I am on the road because the meat is always great and they have awesome coconut shrimp. If I had to pick one for my last meal it would be Rao’s Italian restaurant in NYC. It is an authentic New York place with real goomba Italians eating what tastes like homemade pasta. Very hard to get a table there.
The best Chinese dumplings are in San Francisco at a place called “Good Mong Kok” (I know- it sounds like a dirty phrase). The shell is fresh and sweet and the shrimp is huge.
Lincoln, NE…is a great town. It feels like what America was in it’s prime. Family owned stores, good farms and big old houses. Because it is a university town though, there are all kinds of restaurants and they get big name concerts coming through.
Love’s Truckstop in Barstow CA…is a great truck stop.The only reason I remember the name is because it was the last overnight stop before L.A. when my wife and I moved across the country. We bought a bunch of stuff from the gift shop (I still have the coffee mug). Otherwise, get the hell out of Barstow fast.
My favorite…public restroom in the country is the hotel at The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach. Even if you don’t have to go; treat yourself!