You were an angel who drove too close to the sun.
Aww, that was the best part of The Discovery Channel!
That and Dave Salmoni.
Was it just me or was the driver kinda sexy?
Just you, I think. He always seemed very angry to me.
Huh. I always though he seemed sweet but looked kind of tough.
No no no, this was a game show, it was on TV. You are thinking of that movie, what was it called. Taxi Cab.
Sweet but tough? I think you’re right, he IS thinking of that movie:
facetaco, I didn’t ever get that Bailey was a angry. He did seem sweet but looked kind of tough, as heimaey put it, and also, he has to drive a cab in NYC in order to have a show, so I bet that’s a little unnerving.
I heard he when the show was in its early stages and they were trying to find a host, it came down to Bailey and one other guy, and in order to be the host they had to get their cabbie licenses. So they both had to learn NYC and pass the taxi test, and then only on of them got the gig and it was Bailey.
Shellbomber will forever high five in the cash cab of our hearts
Stay gold, Shellbomber
I tip my hat to you, sir. I was about to Donna Darko you.
I am so proud to know her.
Whenever I hear the words “Cash Cab,” this gif of Shellbomber is what I think of.
Sometimes the word “Cab” alone does it.
The friend in the Cab with me noticed that the YouTube video had thousands of views and wondered why. I told her it was probably my dad watching it over and over. Not because I put it on medium-sized pop culture blog all the time. http://youtu.be/ASHW5WsReo8
May Ben Bailey move on to greener pastures. I’m thinking a CSI-type show.
My dad is going to be so upset.
Awww… In college I worked at a radio station where I had nothing to do while syndicated talk shows played all afternoon. Ban Bailey and his Cab o’ Cash always kept me company.
I was on this show. Won a thousand bucks. The way they set it up (hint: it’s not just a random cab that comes and picks you up) is pretty ridiculous.
Does the cab give itself away by the film crew that’s following it in another vehicle, and also don’t the people need to know and agree to be on tv or not or what’s the deal? You can’t just drop a mystery on us like that and then not offer any follow-up.
Sorry I was managing an extreme allergy headache. Here’s how it works:
Scouts for the show find people in various locations around New York (my wife and I were scouted at the Prince St. artist’s market where we were working) and tell them that they’re with some other cable channel doing a show about local’s favorite spots in the city. They ask if you want to do the show, we said yes because whatever. We picked a restaurant that I used to bring my wife lunch at every day when she worked at ABC Carpet & Home designing rugs.
On the day of the shoot, they ask you to go somewhere else in the city. A producer meets you and gives you a flimflam about how the crew is running late, the day is scheduled really tightly, the car service isn’t showing up, etc. You’ve already signed your image release forms for the show. She tells you that she’s just going to hail a cab and the crew will meet us at the destination.
She steps out into the street and hails a cab. You get in. Then lights start flashing on the ceiling and your wife yells “WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS????”
We had never seen the show so literally had no idea what was happening. There are little pinhole cameras in like six different places. The producer leans in the window and explains the rules.
The best part was that as we were getting ready to drive, a cop came and pulled the Cash Cab over because its windows were tinted too dark (which they do for better filming, obviously). Since we had no idea what was happening, for a second we thought this was some kind of meta-prank and Cash Cab wasn’t even a real show.
I was also on Blind Date but that’s a much longer story.
Yay! Man, that initial ruse sounds like it should’ve been a whole other slightly boring (by no fault of your own) show! Thanks for sharing!
I’ve heard this scouting thing before, but my experience was totally different, totally legit. I was shopping was a friend in Union Square and we decided to take a cab back to school. And it was the Cash Cab. We had no idea. I’m thankful I was wearing makeup that day. It was one of the first episodes, before it hit the air, so we had no idea.
But a thousand dollars?? High five, friend!
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