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Yuman appears on 'Let's Make a Deal'
When my husband, Dustin, and I were asked by our friends to accompany them to a taping of “Let's Make a Deal,” we said “sure,” not thinking seriously that one of us could actually end up on national television.
Having never watched the show, we quite honestly had no idea what to expect. For those of you who haven't seen it either, it's a game show from the 1960s and '70s, brought back to television with new host Wayne Brady.
Our friends informed us that you have to go to the show in costume, nothing trademarked, in hopes of being chosen to participate in the games and have a chance at winning cash and prizes by — you guessed it — making deals with the host.
At first we were puzzled as to what we could dress up as. Our friend, Whitney, suggested going as fruit and vegetables, as it might make for easy and cheap costumes for each of us to throw together.
With her idea in the back of my mind, I was browsing through Facebook one day and stumbled upon costumes that various school staff members in Yuma had worn while serving meals in their campus cafeteria to help encourage kids to eat their fruits and vegetables as part of the POWer PLAY'te project.
Drawing inspiration from their outfits, the four of us headed to Walmart and grabbed inexpensive items to build our attire: Dustin as a bunch of asparagus, me as a bunch of red grapes, Whitney as a red apple and her husband, Sergio, as a bunch of green grapes.
When we arrived at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, we were overwhelmed by some of the outlandish costumes we saw from the droves of people inside. We were sure that we didn't actually have a chance to get on the show, but we were happy to just be there and be a part of the experience.
Audience members are required to go through a group interview to try to “market themselves,” if you will, to be on the show. Once on the set, with the cameras rolling, the idea was for people to maintain their enthusiasm throughout the entire show in hopes that the producers would choose you to be a part of the game show.
We went through the whole first taping of the day without being chosen, but then as we were walking out, a producer came up and asked us if we were going to stay for the next taping. Being worn out and tired from what seemed like a never-ending dance party in between commercial breaks, we told her no, but she encouraged us to stay as we had a great opportunity to be selected for the next episode.
My husband, Dustin, is a very enthusiastic guy; he's very personable, outgoing and very much a people person. Apparently the producers recognized that and he was selected to be a part of the next taping in his asparagus garb, or as he affectionately called himself on the show, “Aspara-guy.”
While we're not allowed to share if he won anything on the show until after it airs, thanks to confidentiality agreements and all, you can find out for yourself as the episode will be on KSWT Channel 13 on Wednesday at 2 p.m. You can also visit click here to see the episode.
Sarah Womer can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 539-6858. Find her on Facebook at Facebook.com/YSSarahWomer or on Twitter at @YSSarahWomer.