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Win Ben Stein's Money is an American television game show created by Al Burton and Donnie Brainard that aired first-run episodes from July 28, 1997 to January 31, 2003, on Comedy Central. The show featured three contestants who competed to answer general knowledge questions in order to win the grand prize of $5,000 from the show's host, Ben Stein. In the second half of each episode, Stein participated as a "common" contestant in order to defend his money from being taken by his competitors.
Jul 28, 1997 · With Ben Stein, Jimmy Kimmel, Nancy M. Pimental, Sal Iacono. Contestants compete against each other and host Ben Stein for a chance to win money from Stein himself.
- International Versions
The First Two Rounds
In the first two rounds, the contestants involved faced a game board of five categories inside five picture frames (in the first season they appeared as cards, but in Season 2 and beyond, the cards were replaced with monitors). Each category was a pun hinting at the question's content, similar to Pyramid or the JD Roberto era of Shop 'Til You Drop. A contestant in control picked a category, and then a dollar amount was revealed behind it after which a question was read (the questions were jus...
Bonus Round: Best of 10 Test of Knowledge
The bonus round was called the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge, because both the winning contestant and Ben were both asked the same ten questions, but they played individually/one at a time. To start, the winning player had a choice to go first or second, then they sat in their own isolation booths (the winning contestant sat in a dirty plain wrap booth with a hardwood stool and a bare hanging light bulb, while Ben sat in a beautifully decorated one with a leather-wing back chair and other lavi...
"Ben Stein's Cup" episode
At the end of the fourth season, three of the best contestants of the season (who had already won $5,000) returned for a special "Ben Stein's Cup" episode, for a chance to win five times the amount ($25,000). The question values in the main game were multiplied by four; so in Round 1, the question values were $200, $400, and $600; with follow-up questions worth $200, and in Round 2, the questions were worth $800-$2,000 in increments of $400. The winner attempted to beat Ben Stein for the enti...
Ben Stein's Intro – "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme" by Johann Sebastian Bach Open/2nd Commercial Outro/Win – "Ode to Joy" by Ludwig Von Beethoven Close – "Ride of the Valkyries" by Richard Wagner (this was also played in the contestants' headphones in the isolation booth to prevent them from hearing the other contestant's answers) 1st Commercial Intro – "Water Music" by George Frederic Handel 1st Commercial Outro – "Spring" by Antonio Vivaldi 2nd Commercial Intro – "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 3rd Commercial Intro – "Trepak" by Pyotr Ilych Tchaikovsky 3rd Commercial Outro – "Night on Bald Mountain" by Modest Petrovich MussorgskyAt one time during the third season, Ben & Jimmy traded jobs for one episode up to the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge.A second season episode was one of the most talked about, for on that show, Ben was forced to strip. At first during the second round, Ben took off his shoes, but the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge w...Ben & Jimmy (as well as the contestants) would participate in special themed episodes, including a flashback to the sixties.From 1997-1999, the Ben Stein statue from the top of the ceiling is shown in between the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge, and during the closing credits. It was replaced with a oval projection screen...
GSN's website once had a live interactive game where you can play along with the show.
An unsuccessful Australian version called Win Roy & H.G.'s Moneyhosted by "Rampaging" Roy Slaven (John Doyle) and H.G. Nelson (Greig Pickhaver) ran on the Seven Network for a brief period in 2000. The grand prize for this version was also $5,000. An equally unsuccessful British version called Win Beadle's Moneyhosted by the late Jeremy Beadle along with Richard Morton as co-host ran on Channel 5 for five months from 2 August (August 2) until 22 December (December 22) 1999. The grand prize for this version was a thousand pounds.
An episode of the game show Win Ben Stein's Money featuring three Daily Show corespondents. See Jimmy Kimmel and Stephen Colbert before they were super famous.
- 21 min
Game Show Winnings Cap: With VERY few exceptions, contestants only appeared once, and the most they could win was the complete $5,000 pot. (And with the "Ben Stein's Cup", a single-game tournament which was only played twice for $25,000, the highest a contestant could win was $30,000 altogether.)
- Opening Spiels
- Round 2 Disclaimer
- Best of 10 Test of Knowledge
- Alternate Ending
1997: "Hello. I'm Ben Stein. And today, I'm going to make history. I'm going to put up $5,000 of my money. So if you're smart enough, fast enough, and if you've got the guts, you can WIN BEN STEIN'S MONEY!!!" 1998-2001: "Hello. I'm Ben Stein. And today, I'm going to make history. I'm putting up $5,000 that says I know more than you. So if you're smart enough, fast enough, and if you've got the guts, you can WIN BEN STEIN'S MONEY!!!" 2001-2003: "Hello. I'm Ben Stein. My brain is a miraculous instrument. It contains the information I use to protect my money--$5,000. I'll put it up, but I won't give it up without a fight. But if you're smart enough, quick enough, and lucky enough, you can WIN BEN STEIN'S MONEY!!!"
At the top of each show, Stein would quote the lyrics from a popular song in his usual deadpan delivery, reminiscent of his role as the economics teacher in Ferris Bueller's Day Off. At the end of each show he would incorporate into the quote that he was putting $5,000 of his own money on the line against the three contestants of the day. Ben: Now, why have I done this? Call me crazy. Audience (sometimes with great enthusiasm): YOU'RE CRAZY-Y-Y!! Ben:But also call me fairly certain that these three (contestants) don't have a snowball's chance of beating me... Ben:And now, let's turn to the (object/person) to my (related object/person), Jimmy Kimmel to find out who our three contestants are. Ben:Contestants, good luck. You're gonna need it. Everyone, please turn your attention to our game board, as Jimmy/Nancy/Sal tells us our first five topics. Ben:In the first round, questions are worth anywhere from $50 to $150 of my money. Any time you manage to answer the question correctly, you...
One of the many highlights of the show were the hilarious names given to topics in the game itself. For all their levity, the questions were, conversely, legitimate trivia. 1. "The Man Who Knew Too Much" And Other Pet Names Used By Ben's Wife 2. The Obese Traveler Had To Book His Rooms In Extra Lodge 3. 'Can't We All Just Get A Lung" 4. Clark Felt Like Superman When He Got Her In The Lois Position 5. I Prefer Avis To Oscar De La Rent-a-Car 6. My Foot Fetish Led To A Podia-Tryst 7. It Feels Right When You Polish My Wood 8. Farmer Bob Went Straight To Jail After Being Caught On The Lamb 9. Back In The Days When Germans Only Shot Pictures 10. Big Tips Not Found At A Bris 11. Put That Snake Back in Your Basket, We Are Not Going To Fakir 12. The Toilets in Las Vegas Are Big Enough For Craps 13. Win Ben Stein's Monkey 14. Pour Some Syrup On My Luftwaffes 15. Place Your Lips On Your Sackbut And Blow 16. Another Four Letter Word You Can't Say In Church 17. Keep Your Hands Off My Balzac 18....
Jimmy: It's time to find out how smart Ben really is as we play more of "Win Ben Stein's Money!" Ben: Welcome back. As this round begins, (Contestant #1) has (Contestant #1's score) of my money, (Contestant #2) has (Contestant #2's score) of my money, and I have a mere (remaining total) remaining of my original $5,000 stake, which I will now defend by becoming a common contestant! (stands at the 3rd player's podium, which now has his name on the plate and dollar sign on the scoreboard) Jimmy: From this point forward, Ben has no advance knowledge of any of the questions to be asked. Isn't that right, Ben?/This is the part of the show where we remind everyone that Ben does not get the answers to the questions ahead of time. Isn't that true, Ben? Ben: Sadly, yes. And I'm also sad to say that the dollar amounts have obscenely risen to $200 to $500 of my money, that's if you (the two remaining contestants) get them right. If I get them right, my total remains the same, but thankfully non...
Jimmy: Now we'll see if (champion) can win $5,000 of Ben Stein's Money! Ben: Thank you, Jimmy. (champion), congratulations. Now it's down to just you and me. So far, you've taken (score) away from me, and that is yours to keep no matter what happens. And now you have a chance, albeit a small one/I'd say a pretty darn good one, to walk out of here with all $5,000 of my cash, which Jimmy is now wheeling towards us in this safe. All you have to do is beat me in what we call the Best of 10 Test of Knowledge. Could you explain it to our champion please, Jimmy? Jimmy: Yes, Ben. (champion), I'm going to ask you and Ben the same 10 questions. If you can answer more of them than the mighty Mr. Stein, you'll win all $5,000 of his money. Ben: As always, I swear on (unusual object) that I have no knowledge of the questions that will be asked. Jimmy (to contestant before beginning the final round, if the contestant chose to answer first): As host, I'm supposed to remain neutral, but since Ben ca...
Ben: I challenge everyone/you all to write, call or e-mail to futility.com; in the hope, as infinitesimal as it might be, that on some distant planet, on some distant day, you might (with heavy echo)WIN... BEN... STEIN'S... MONEY!!
Ben: We're out of time. Until next time, when I give three more people a chance to (with heavy echo)WIN... BEN... STEIN'S... MONEY!!
Summaries Contestants compete against each other and host Ben Stein for a chance to win money from Stein himself. Jeopardy-like game show featuring Ben Stein as both a host and a contestant. The second and third rounds of the game are... The anti-game show game show, "Win Ben Stein's Money" consists ...
If the player lost, they only kept any money they won previously. If there was a tie, the player would win $1000 in addition to the money they've already earned. If the player wins, they get all $5000 of Ben Stein's money. Confetti Drop: If the contestant beat Ben, money fell from the ceiling.
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