Ken Ober
Lisa Dergan
USA: 12/3/2001 – 6/26/2002
Diplomatic/Greengrass Productions/

Smush was the unfortunately short-lived fun word game show about merging words/phrases/names together to make one. The show itself was played similarly to the long-running category "Before & After" from the long-running game show Wheel of Fortune.


Four contestants competed against each other in a contest of "smushing" items together by virtue of clues given by host Ken Ober, for the right to play for $8,000.

Main GameEdit

The First Two RoundsEdit

Ken read rapid-fire clues in which the answers "smush" together. The first player to buzz in with the correct "smush" answer scored points, but an incorrect answer gave the opposing players a chance to take a guess. Round 1 saw two-part clues which caused two answers to be "smushed" together, and each correct answer was worth one point. Later in that round, the remaining clues were visual clues. Round 2 had three-part clues which had three answers "smushed" together; those were called "Smush Tris", with each correct answer being worth two points. The final "smush" in the second round was called the "Smush Quad", so-called because it was a four-part clue, meaning four answers were "smushed" together; that clue was worth three points.

The player with the lowest score at the end of each of the these rounds was eliminated from the game.

Hostess Lisa was the show's scorekeeper. She placed numbers above the player's names.

Round 3: Smush ChainEdit

In the third and final round of the game, Ken read seven clues in which the answers form the "Smush Chain". Ken read each clue one at a time, and on the first clue the contestant who buzzed in first would say just the answer to the clue; on the remaining clues, the contestant who buzzed in first had to say the entire chain starting with the first word, ending with the answer to the current clue. The longer the chain, the bigger the points. The first clue was worth one point, and increased by one all the way up to seven points. The player with the most points at the end of this round won the game and went on to play for up to $8,000.


At the end of each round, if the first two rounds ended in a tie for the lowest score or if the third round ended in a tie for the highest score, a tiebreaker smush clue was read with the player who buzzed in and answered the clue correctly moving on.

Money RoundEdit

In the bonus round, hostess Lisa wrote a word or phrase on a mirror in lipstick; this served as the root word for the next five "smushes". Ken read five clues one at a time, the answers to which "smush" to either the left or right side of the root word. The winning contestant had 45 seconds to answer those clues. For each correct "smush" given, the contestant was awarded $1,000. One mistake and the clue & "smush" was thrown out; to prevent this from happening, however, the contestant could pass on a clue and return to it should time be left on the clock. If the contestant could answer all five clues correctly within 45 seconds, he/she won a total of $8,000.


The sound signifying a correct answer in the bonus round was the famous Final Jeopardy! "blong" on Jeopardy!

The ring-in sound would later be used on Distraction for the "Pissing Buzzers" round as well as on 100 Latinos Dijeron on the later episodes for Dinero Rapido.

Former Jeopardy! contestants Gary Gluck and Bob Harris competed on the show.

The show debuted at an 11:00PM slot, airing Mondays to Thursdays. Sometime in January, the show moved to Midnight, meaning it aired Tuesdays to Fridays. In mid-February, the show was cut down to airing two episodes on Wednesday mornings at 4:00AM, where it remained until its cancellation.

This was Ken Ober's final game show that he hosted prior his death seven years later, in 2009.


Andy Poland, Diplomat 6 & Dirt Track Danny


Harry Gottlieb & Jellyvision


Official website of "Smush" (via Internet Archive)

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