Sunday, June 03, 2018

Clusterfest ‘Double Dare’ Course Gets Visit From Original Host Marc Summers As Game Show Prepares For Its Return This Summer

Original Double Dare host Marc Summers recalled the first obstacle courses for the 1980s/1990s Nickelodeon game show being tested with grown-ups, not children.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: Marc Summers attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)

When Summers saw the slime, chocolate sauce, feathers and other messiness, he was not optimistic for the show’s success.

“I stupidly said, ‘Do you think kids would want to do that?’ And guess what, they did,” he said. “That’s what kept us on the air all those years.”


On Friday, June 1, Summers was a guest at Comedy Central Presents Clusterfest to christen the events' Double Dare mini-obstacle course, presented by Mountain Dew Kickstart, set up in Civic Center Plaza across from the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. The attraction is part of a promotional push for the reboot of the show, which returns to Nickelodeon USA on Monday, June 25 at 8:00pm ET/PT, with Summers providing color commentary.


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: A festivalgoer participates at Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)

There was a heavy nostalgia vibe at Clusterfest, where the key original Double Dare demographic — now mostly in their 30s or early 40s — tried to make their way through a “Wringer” machine and the “Icy Trike” obstacle, which was actually a tricycle rolling over baby oil. After the first contestant hurt her nose badly enough to require first aid, others seemed able to pass through the course incident-free.

There were no sundae toppings or other messy fluids, but Nickelodeon did provide a slime booth to slime a contestant every hour.

Leaving the hosting to DJ Maxwell of NickRadio this time, Summers watched from the sidelines and seemed to enjoy the chaos — which he says was the way things started.


A festivalgoer in the slime booth at “Double Dare” at Clusterfest. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images)

“It was a bunch of misfits who got together, it was like being in a college dorm,” Summers said, recalling the early years of the show. “… I’m telling you, we would have done it for free. We were laughing all the time, we were having so much fun.”

Clusterfest 2018 is currently taking place in the heart of San Francisco at Civic Center Plaza and Bill Graham Civic Auditorium until Sunday, June 3, 2018. Tickets are on sale now exclusively at www.clusterfest.com.

Premiering Monday, June 25 at 8:00pm ET/PT and hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, Nickelodeon's Double Dare revival will see a new generation of fans compete in the messiest and most physically challenging competition of their lives. Bringing together new fans and the iconic game show’s millennial audience from the ‘90s, original series host Marc Summers returns to give color commentary on the challenges, lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.

Leading up to the debut of the brand-new series of Double Dare, NickSplat will air a selection of classic episodes from across the Double Dare franchise every night at 11:00pm ET/PT between Monday 18th - Sunday 24th June 2018.

Nickelodeon’s new Double Dare will also spill off of the screen and into the real world this summer, connecting to fans both old and new in a series of forthcoming location-based live experiences. There will be opportunities for fans to play Double Dare in on-the-ground versions at VidCon 2018 in Anaheim, Calif., and all summer long at Nickelodeon Universe at Mall of America in Minneapolis.

Check out more photos from the Double Dare mini-obstacle course at Clusterfest 2018 below, and watch a super interview with Marc Summers the on The San Francisco Chronicle!:


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: A festivalgoer participates at Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: A festivalgoer attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: A festivalgoer participates at Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: Marc Summers attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: A festivalgoer participates at Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: Marc Summers attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: DJ Maxwell and a festivalgoer attend Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: A festivalgoer participates at Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


HaHa Davis attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


Jenna Compono attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JUNE 01: Marc Summers attends Double Dare presented by Mtn Dew Kickstart at Comedy Central presents Clusterfest on June 1, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for Mountain Dew)


DJ Boogie appears at “Double Dare” at Clusterfest. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images For Mountain Dew)

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Original source: The San Francisco Chronicle.
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