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Host
Jimmy Carr
Broadcast
Distract
Comedy Central: 1/18/2005 - 4/11/2006
Packager
FremantleMedia North America

Distraction was a bizarre and short-lived game show based on the equally short-lived British game show of the same name with unconventional ways of playing. Many of the rounds had unusual challenges.

PremiseEdit

At the start of the show there are four contestants, usually two women and two men. Before the first round, they "get to know each other", finding out about each other's embarrassing moments, unique hobbies, strange talents, or previous unflattering occupations.

Most of the time buzzing in required you to drink either shots of hot sauce or a cold slush, having to smash a bottle over your head, stopping a fan with your face, and even urinating to ring in. The player with the fewest points at the end of each round was eliminated until only one player was left.

The bonus round offered prizes, but there was a catch. If you answer a question correctly, your prizes were unharmed. If not, a prize was destroyed either by wrecking ball, exploding, or dropping a weight on it. In terms of a car, a strong man would smash it or the three players that were eliminated would have a chance to wreck the car in the time alotted.

GamesEdit

Here are a few examples of games used.

Brain FreezeEdit

Players ring in to answer questions by drinking a shot of blue raspberry slush and then slamming the glass down.

Fan ClubEdit

Players ring in to answer by stopping a fan with their face.

Pie in the FaceEdit

When players ring in, they are hit in the face with a pie tin containing something. It starts with pies, followed by mustard, then honey, then dried rice.

Pissing BuzzersEdit

Players seat themselves in a toilet stall and to ring in, they have to "do a little wee." Usually the category has to deal with things that are "number one" or answers that involve the letter "P" in some way.

The ring-in sound in this round was recycled from the game show Smush.

Eyes Wide OpenEdit

Players are strapped to electric chairs, and every time they blink, they are zapped. Players ring in normally to answer questions. About halfway through the round, the difficulty increases when people come out smoking cigars and blow the smoke in the players faces, causing them to blink even more.

Nudist TurntableEdit

Nudists are presented and the answers to the questions given are on stickers on the nudists. When a question is answered, the players have to find the correct answer and pull it off--using their teeth--and place it on a board.

International VersionsEdit

The following countries that have previously did their versions of Distraction includes:

  • Brazil
  • Canada (French language only)
  • Greece
  • Czech Republic
  • India
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • The Netherlands
  • Paraguay
  • Serbia
  • Spain
  • Uruguay 
  • United Kingdom (country that originated the program)

TriviaEdit

Carr would later appear as a contestant in the four-episode only reality competition series Jeff Ross Presents Roast Battle in 2016.

MusicEdit

Alan Ett & Scott Liggett

InventorEdit

Based on the British show of the same name by David Taylor.

LinkEdit

Official Website (via Internet Archive)

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