SNL’s Jay Pharoah hosts The Quiz with Balls

Saturday Night Live comedian was recently in Melbourne shooting a new quiz show for the USA.

Australian Exclusive:

US actor and comedian Jay Pharoah (Saturday Night Live, The Blackening) has been confirmed as host of new game The Quiz with Balls, recently filming in Melbourne.

Based on a Dutch format, the series produced by Talpa Studios and Eureka Productions will screen stateside on the FOX Network.

Standing on a high platform over a pool, two families must all work together as they face a multiple-choice quiz … if the answer is wrong, the ball descends and whacks them into the pool below. On offer is a $100,000 grand prize.

“Playful, quick-witted and high-energy, Jay’s going to make a huge splash as our host of The Quiz with Balls,” said Allison Wallach, FOX Entertainment’s President of Unscripted Programming. “No matter the stage or show, Jay’s singular brand of humor and comedic timing elevates everything he does. With him at the helm of The Quiz with Balls, viewers of all ages are assured an exciting and hilarious hour of fun playing along with Jay and our family contestants.”

“When I got hit up about hosting an epic face-off between big brains and even bigger balls, I was like…’I got this,’” said Pharoah. “Then I found out it was a game show series on FOX and thought…even better!”

The series marks another US production by Australia’s Eureka joining Holey Moley, Stars on Mars, Name that Tune, Full Bloom, The Mole, Luxe Listings, Parental Guidance and Frogger.

An Australian broadcaster has not been announced.

The Quiz With Balls is produced by Eureka Productions and Talpa Studios. John de Mol, Maarten Meijs, Chris Culvenor, Paul Franklin, Wes Dening and John Leahy serve as executive producers. Anthony Carbone serves as showrunner and executive producer.

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  1. I attended a taping too but thank goodness I got paid to attend (they needed more people) because sitting through 5 hours of it was (yes amusing bits) but mainly hard work. Even though when they edit it all down it will probably come off as rather fun.

  2. I attended the taping of an episode in Melbourne’s Docklands and it was great fun.
    Losing contestants do get bowled into a big swimming pool.
    While audience members are sworn to secrecy, something that won’t go to air is that one team captain accidently implied the show was made outside the US – the TV audience isn’t supposed to know that!

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