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Producer: RLR Productions
Host: David Brenner
Assistant: Kelly Deadman
Celebrity: Eddie Mekka
Taping Info: 1997
Made it to Air: No

Charades were a staple of the game show world from the beginning, whether it was Mike Stokey's Pantomime Quiz, Showoffs, Celebrity Charades, Body Language or a host of other games I'm just too lazy to look up. However, since those are old and busted, let's leave to some folks in a warehouse in New Jersey to come up with Sharaize, a hip, fascinating new way of trying to do charades. Apparently David Brenner was living in this warehouse, so he got to host. Also, since it is a Tri-State area production that nobody will see, Kelly Deadmon is involved as well.

Competing on this episode were two teams of five "Bowling Thunder" and the "Fort Lee Softball Sluggers". Unlike normal charades where you have to give hundreds of gestures to get a whole phrase, these teams luck out because they are conveniently broken down for you into words. You have 15 seconds to guess each word, and after four words you have to guess the phrase that those words belong to. Round two makes it "more interesting" by having 2 people giving clues to the other three teammates. Some money was involved here, my note taking skills need some help.

Fortunately, Eddie Mekka was around the warehouse looking for scrap metal, so he can come in and be our celebrity. For this round, Eddie will give "Sharaize" to both teams for more money (no phrase here), and teams "buzz-in" when they think they know the word. Notice I say "buzz-in", since the buzzer sounds like a seal horn. If only if it was Eddie Mekka giving "Sharaize" to both teams and the winner got a herring now that's entertainment. The final round, "Super Sharaize", involved Eddie Mekka giving a phrase to the team who had won the game. They wagered any or all of their winnings in the hopes that this superstar, who's recent roles include playing "Foreman" on an episode of 24, could provide the fortune necessary to be able to gas the team's cars back home.

It's bad enough the host is David Brenner, who's medium wattage celebrity faded out decades ago. And then you add Eddie Mekka, who's celebrity wattage is so low an Easy Bake Oven is an inferno by comparison. And poor Kelly Deadmon. At least you have that Food Network gig now. But you've have enough credits in your career now you can take this off your resume.

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