Before we go on, someone in this room is not who they say they are....
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The Lap of Luxury
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was a Big Brother
-style reality tv show filmed for Spike TV in 2003. The format is familiar: 9 contestants living in a house together, all trying to win immunity, prevent themselves from being voted out and vying to win a $100,000 prize while facing down a smarmy host. Except... only one of them, a guy named Matt Kennedy Gould, was really a contestant. The rest were actors, playing stereotypical reality show roles. The series was scripted, heavily improvised and entirely created around Matt -- his very own Truman Show
. Welcome to Joe Schmo
.Unfortunately, parts 2 and 5 of the first Joe Schmo episode were deleted by Youtube, because they showed a wet t-shirt contest and apparently even cloth-covered nipples are verboten. Haven’t been able to find an alternate link yet.
Before they were famous:
’ Kristin Wiig played “Dr. Pat, Quack Marriage Counselor.”
* It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
’s David Hornsby played “The Asshole.”
* VH1's Free Radio
creator Lance Krall played "The Gay Guy."
* Ralph Garman, voice actor for Family Guy
, and co-host of "Hollywood Babble-On"
played "The Smarmy Host."
* Series writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese would go on to write Zombieland.
TV Tropes has an entire page on both series
which includes an entry for Gone Horribly Right: "The intention of the first season was to seek out the nicest guy they could find for their experiment, once it became obvious that Matt was every bit as decent and honest as he presented himself in his audition video the morality of lying to him became a central part of the show's drama."
. Contains Spoilers
Joe Schmo 2
”Anyone smell that? That's the infectious scent of love.”
So how does one create a sequel to a surprise (parody) reality show? Joe Millionaire
famously failed miserably to do so. But the producers of Joe Schmo tried again, this time creating an over-the-top, fake Bachelor-style reality show called Last Chance for Love.
A new set of actors was picked. Two new contestants (Tim Walsh and Ingrid Weise) were chosen... and second season began.
But Ingrid caught on....
Season Two: Episodes 1
has a decent breakdown of both shows.