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Bobcat Goldthwait
Eric Waddell
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FX (Daily): 6/1/1998 – 10/16/1998
Stone-Stanley Productions
FX Network

Bobcat's Big Ass Show was a game show hosted by comedian Bobcat Goldthwait.


Part 1[]

The first part of the show featured contestants playing three games mainly based on Truth or Dare? Two contestants competed in each game, and the winner of each game (as determined by audience applause) would become one of three finalists in the second part.

One example of a stunt involved toy animals, and it was the contestants' job to act out getting chomped by the animal on the face (the stunt's name as an example was "When Animals Attack").

Part 2[]

The second part involved the three winners of each game, with each contestant begging and pleading to the audience why he/she wanted to go on the grand prize vacation. Each contestant "begged" for six seconds, and after each contestant was finished pleading, the audience cheered depending on how each contestant did. The contestant with the most enthusiastic response from the audience won a prize and went on to the bonus round.

All losing contestants were referred to as "Big Ass Losers" and were humiliated backstage.

Bonus Round[]

The bonus round was called "Guess My Secret!" The winning contestant had a steel-gray helmet lowered onto his/her head while the losers of the show each told Bobcat three secrets, one of which was true, and it was up to Bobcat and the audience to guess. (Eventually, they would arrive at the correct answer; this is because Bobcat had been given the answers before the show (a disclaimer in the credits said so).) After that, the winner removed the helmet and tried to match Bobcat's correct answers within 60 seconds (the clock was displayed on a computerized pink wine glass that tilted from side to side like a pendulum as each second ticked off the clock).

For each loser, Bobcat read the three possible secrets, and if the winner chose a wrong one, he/she had to wait until he re-read the untried possibilities before he/she could try again; choosing the other wrong answer meant that Bobcat had to re-read the correct secret and the winner had to repeat it. If the winner correctly guessed each of the five losers' secrets before time expired, he/she won the trip (always given a title that started with the phrase "Big Ass," and ended with the word "Getaway"). Failing to do so meant that the losers each won a small prize.


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The show's pilot reused the set from the TV version of Loveline, another Stone-Stanley series.

100 episodes were produced.


People "Picks & Pans" review from June 29, 1998

YouTube Videos[]

Brian Hamilton in When Animals Attack
Brian Hamilton in Guess My Secret
Matt is Stripping (viewer discretion advised)