Aug 27 ben stein's money

August 24, 2000

How you can be a contestant

Participating on a game show provides Everyman and Everywoman USA with a chance at 15 minutes of fame under the blazing klieg lights of a television studio.

If you're good enough to take Whoopi in the center square for the win, smart enough to ace the Daily Double or flat-out lucky enough to make it into the "Millionaire" hotseat, the adoration of friends and family awaits.

But before you can spin the wheel you have to get there. Here's how:

"Win Ben Stein's Money"

How to qualify: Call 1-323-520-4236 or send e-mail, including name, address, and day and evening phone numbers, to

The contestant department will contact you to take a 10-question test by phone. If you pass, you will be invited to a group audition in Los Angeles, where you will have 10 minutes to pass a 30-question test. Pass that, and you will take part in a mock version of the game.


Contestants will be chosen a few days or a few months after the group audition. Would-be players are responsible for all travel costs to the audition and taping.

No out-of-town auditions are scheduled at this time.

"Hollywood Squares"

How to qualify: Call 1-323-850-0707, and leave your name and phone number. You will be put on an audition waiting list. Someone from the show will call you back to set up an audition. You must be 18 years or older.


How to qualify: Pass a 50-question test, and play a mock version of the game. The whole process takes about 1 1/2 hours. Qualifying to be a contestant does not guarantee a spot on the game, due to the number of people who qualify each year.

Where to qualify: Other than periodic trips to other cities, the majority of would-be contestants try out at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, Calif. Testing schedules are posted a month in advance so prospective contestants can plan their trip to California.

Producers do not recommend coming to California just to try out.

To schedule an audition: call 1-310-244-5367, 1 to 7 p.m., or go to on the Web.

You are ineligible if you are 18 years or younger, have been on any game show in the last year, have appeared on more than two game shows in the last five years or have been a contestant on "Jeopardy!" since Alex Trebek began hosting 16 years ago.

"Who Wants to be a Millionaire"

How to qualify: A three-part process. First round phone game for September tape dates began Sunday, Aug. 20. Players may call 1-800-433-8321 once a day from 6 p.m. to 2 a.m. You must enter your birth date and last four digits of your social security number and the date you would like to appear on the show before being asked three multiple-choice questions. Answer them correctly in the time allotted and advance to round two.

Round two consists of a series of random drawings and, if necessary, play-off games for all contestants from round one who selected the same tape date. No relatives are allowed to face each other in the same taped program.

Round three is the televised "Millionaire" game.

For more contestant information: go to on the Web.

"The Price is Right"

How to qualify: Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope, with a note specifying dates you want to attend to "The Price Is Right," CBS Television City, 7800 Beverly Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90036. Tickets are free, there is a maximum request of 10, and they are mailed about one month before taping. Monday tapings are at 1:15 or 4:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. Tuesday through Thursday tapings are at 2:30 p.m. PST.

Admission to tapings is on a first-come, first-served basis. Having a ticket doesn't guarantee admission. You must be 18 years or older.

Show up early; ticket numbering begins as early as 7:30 a.m., which reserves a spot in line. The studio holds about 325 people.

If admitted into the studio, you will be interviewed by show staff. They will select the nine contestants who will play during taping.

For information about tickets: call 1-323-575-2458 or go to on the Web.

"Wheel of Fortune"

How to qualify: Audition for show producers.

Where to qualify: Auditions take place in Culver City, Calif. Send postcards to Contestant Auditions, 10202 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 2000, Culver City, Calif. 90232. List audition dates you would like to attend, as well as your name, address and phone number.

Like "Jeopardy!," "Wheel of Fortune" travels to other cities for auditions. Local affiliate stations will run announcements for when and where these will take place. Producers also discourage would-be contestants from traveling to California specifically for a tryout, since it is at each person's expense.

If selected as a contestant, you will have to travel to California or another location at your own expense to tape the show. You must be at least 18 years old to audition. You are ineligible if you work for a television station that broadcasts "Wheel of Fortune" or "Jeopardy!"; have appeared on a game show in the last year; three game shows in the last 10 years; or have ever been on "Wheel of Fortune."

For information: go to on the Web.

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