When Bob Barker announced he would be leaving â€œThe Price Is Rightâ€, I must admit I was a little pessimistic that the show would continue with the same success as it had in the past.
And when the word got out they were looking for a new MC for the iconic game show, everybody from Donny Osmond to Rosie Oâ€™Donnell auditioned for it. I felt even more pessimistic when I learned that it was Drew Carey who was the one who finally landed the gig. Not that I have anything against Drew, but I couldnâ€™t imagine someone who use to be a stand-up comedian and having his own sitcom was seriously considering being a host of a game show. And all I kept thinking about was all the people who would be unemployed if the show got cancelled.
When Bob Barker did the show, it was the production company who footed the bill for their wrap parties, which were usually held on the last day of production, just before the long summer hiatus started. A short skip and hop away from the studio, their parties were conveniently located at Maggianoâ€™s Italian Restaurant. With good food, free drinks and lots of niceties exchanged between fellow employees, it was the congratulatory wrap of another successful season of â€œThe Price is Rightâ€.
Well, itâ€™s been over three years now and Iâ€™m happy to say the show is still on the air and a whole bunch of people are still employed because of it. Drew shows his appreciation to everyone associated with the show by throwing the best wrap party Iâ€™ve ever been to and pays for it out of his own pocket, too.
The first party he hosted was on a Saturday night in some hot spot in Hollywood. I wasnâ€™t familiar with the name of the club, but I was told by my co-workers it was a popular place. But the thought of driving into Hollywood on my day off, after a long work week didnâ€™t appeal to me, so I passed on the invite. A decision I regretted when I heard how fantastic the party was that I missed. Not only did he fly in food from New York and his home state of Ohio, but he gave all the employees who attended a gift. It was a video recorder you can play back on your computer. Not being computer savvy, Iâ€™m not sure what itâ€™s called.
The next year when the invitations went out, I was the first one to RSVP. That year, the party was held at the Congo Room in downtown L.A. and Drew brought in entertainment. It was The Brian Setzer Orchestra, (formerly frontman of the â€œStray Catsâ€). The food was delicious and as enjoyable as the music was, it was loud–good, but loud. And the gift was an iPod Nano (which I have yet learned to use).
Last June, Drew continued with his tradition of hosting the wrap party. This time it was held at the Santa Monica Airport, in Hangar Number 8. The large aircraft storage was transformed back in time by being decorated in Art Deco style with accented colors of red, black and white. The featured performer was Frank Sinatra Jr. and his thirty-seven piece orchestra. But there were no gifts handed out. I guess Frank and the boys were a little pricey.
This was also the year Drew lost over forty pounds and decided to become health conscious. So there were no signs of fried chicken, spare ribs, or macaroni and cheese dishes (some of the fattening food served the year before). This time it was all sensible eating inside the party except for the Lemon Drop Martinis and Cosmos that were flowing freely. And if you really wanted to be sinful, there was carnival type food outside the hangar, like hot dogs and cotton candy. Iâ€™m sure this was done to keep all temptation out of Drewâ€™s vision.
All and all the party was a huge success and I canâ€™t wait to be invited to this yearâ€™s shindigâ€¦only this time Iâ€™ve promised myself to go easy on the Lemon Drop Martinis.