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Jøsh Saitz on Idiot Savants 1996

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Uploaded on May 11, 2006

I was a contestant on a game show back in 1996. Each group of four contestants (including Time columnist Joel Stein, H. Scott Jolley and me) were on the show for 5 days in a row. At the end of each round, one person is eliminated until there are only 2 people left. They compete in a "brainstorm round" for a minute and the person with the highest score gets to compete against the clock in their particular "savant" category. In my case, it was Ridley Scott films for Joel it was the TV show Taxi, for Scott it was Madonna and Sarah chose American history, but she never made it to the savant round. The show was hosted by comedian Greg Fitzsimmons. This is the 2nd episode of the show and it never aired because the original airdate was New Year's Eve 1996 and instead of this episode, they had a countdown show. Joel Stein was eliminated in the first round and sent to the Dunce corner. The show was canceled before it ever got to reruns, so this segment has never been seen. It took me six months of fighting with the producers to get this tape from them, which explains the time code and poor quality.
Joel Stein hosted a week of programming on the cable network Trio and when he was on, he showed the Thursday episode, where instead of going to the Dunce Corner like the first 3 shows, he actually won a ski vacation!

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