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06 September 2012

The Price Is Rite

The Price Is Right just marked its 40th anniversary. Drew Carey, the current host, said of the show on CBS This Morning, "It's like a little bit of church." (The comment comes at about 2:04.)

It seems that this is something that has been on Carey's mind as he had this to say on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! back in June:
…I used to belong to a Pentecostal church, an Assembly of God church when I was kid. Not anymore. [laughter] But that's the closest atmosphere that you could ever get to having like a "come to Jesus" like Holy Roller in the audience of "Price of Right," because they're all like there's this love embrace. They're rooting for strangers to do well. They're all hugging and high fiving and they just met in line and they just "oh, you're the greatest guy."
The game show does function a lot like religious theater for the Church of Consumerism. The worship style is emotional, charismatic, Pentecostal, pietistic and is reminiscent in many ways of the Black Church. Who knew that Drew Carey was so astute?

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