Lodi’s Michael Thorpe and his wife Alexys Reno are testing their practical knowledge in front of viewers across the nation.
The couple will be appearing on the television game show “Common Knowledge,” a show that tests contestants’ street smarts with practical questions like how can you tell if batteries are dead or how can you tell if a watermelon is ripe.
Two teams consisting of three players compete to answer multiple-choice questions through three rounds. The team with the highest score at the end of the third round goes to a bonus round, where they vie for $10,000. The show airs on the Game Show Network and is hosted by former ’N Sync star Joey Fatone.
“Each round has themes, and one of our themes was classical music, so we played against a group that was older than us and who did better with the theme than we did,” Thorpe said.
The couple, who owns Blend Ultra Lounge in Lodi, was asked by their deejay Joshua "Joshwayy" Smith if they would like to appear with him on the game show. Smith has been in commercials, TV shows and short films and his talent agent was able to set up a casting interview for the trio.
“We went to University of the Pacific and had a Skype interview, with a talent scout,” Thorpe said.
The couple was asked to appear on the show and filmed their episode in November of 2018.
“It all happened really fast. We were asked to appear on the show on a Monday, and by Friday we were in LA filming the episode,” Thorpe said.
The trio was scheduled to shoot their episode at a studio north of Los Angeles, according to Thorpe, who added that they had to be up early to film at 7 a.m. Being on the show was nerve-wracking, Thorpe said, explaining that it was filmed in front of a live studio audience.
“The audience is directed by the producers, and so they tell them to cheer and laugh, and when they are watching you they are dead silent, which was intimidating,” Thorpe said.
After having experienced the thrills of being on a game show, Thorpe said he would love to do it again.
“We had such a blast. They put us in a beautiful hotel, and we got to spend the day in LA. It was an experience I was glad to have had," Thorpe said.
Thorpe, who was not able to divulge the outcome, encourages Lodians to watch the family-friendly game show. Thorpe will be hosting a game viewing party at Blend for his family and close friends to come and watch.
“We normally don’t open early, but we will open at 5 p.m. on Thursday so that anyone interested in watching can come in and watch as they enjoy a cocktail,” Thorpe said.
The episode of “Common Knowledge” featuring Thorpe, Reno and Smith will air on Thursday, Jan. 30 at 5:30 p.m. on the cable broadcast channel GSN (Game Show Network).