IFC’s New Game Show May Be Bunk, But The Laughs Are Real
TV seems to be dominated by contestant shows, showcasing sing-offs, anxious bachelorettes, and sad sacks getting booted off islands. If you’re tired of all that, raise your hand. Should be all of you. Sometimes, you just don’t want to see anymore popularity contests or karaoke veterans try their hand at being main stage acts. You just want to sit back on the couch, kick your shoes off, and laugh until your sides hurt.
IFC HD cable has the laughs you might be looking for in a new show called Bunk. No, this isn’t a teen show about kids at summer camp or a campy show of overworked furniture salesmen. Bunk is the new game show that isn’t a game show.
Why People Would Like Bunk
Bunk is a game show on HD cable television, but it doesn’t have regular, average Joe contestants. Instead, the game show’s panel consists of tried and true comedians. Bunk doesn’t have sing-song challenges or deep intellectual questions to be answered. The comedians instead engage in strange and inane competitions that could involve any type of thought-up challenge.
According to IFC, the contestants may be asked to make up songs to music, respond to images never seen before, put their artistic skills to the test with paintings and sculptures, or interact in funny routines with puppies and babies during the competitions. And to the winner of the competition, they receive some surreal prizes.
That’s right. The comedians receive bunk — absolutely nothing. Or perhaps they receive the best gift that they could ask for in their comedic careers. They receive laughs and clapping for a great performance.
Bunk‘s Host Is Used To The Laughs
The host of the new comedy game show has been getting plenty of laughs throughout his own life. Bunk‘s host, Kurt Braunohler, is a comedian who has been bringing laughs with his stand-up and online comedy shows, including Double Down Hearts. With his 7-year-old variety act, “Hot Tub,” a success, Braunohler now takes his unique brand of comedy to the television screen, according to A.V. Club.
As the host of Bunk’s comedy sketch show that takes the form of a game show, Braunohler brings a unique persona to the game show host position. With his character hovering between cheesy and creepy, Braunohler hosts the show while barefoot as he engages with the comedian contestants. This brings a memorable character to the game host scene that has never been seen before, as hosts are usually allowed to only show a small bit of humor behind the dark suits and microphone on their respective game shows.
It Is Time For A New Comedy Game Show
The game show scene has needed a boost in the host department since Bob Barker retired the skinny mic on Price Is Right. It has been a long time since they have been able to catch a good television improv show that would remind them of the old improv sketch show of Drew Carey’s Whose Line Is It Anyway?.
With this new faux game show, people can sit back and be pleasantly surprised be the improvisational skills of the comedians. No other game show on television promises to bring laughs to television viewers. People can enjoy a good improv comedy act from their homes without paying tickets to see it in a club or on a theater stage.
Bunk was created by Eric Bryant and Ethan Berlin, who are also executive producers of the show. Kurt Braunohler is the host as well as the co-executive producer. The fake game show/improv comedy sketch act is produced by Avalon Television and can be seen on HD cable television.