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Interview with Tom Papa of "Boom!" on
FBC PUBLICITY: Boom! Conference Call
June 8, 2015/10:00 a.m. PDT
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, we’d like to thank you for
standing by, and welcome to the Boom! Conference Call. At
this time, all participants are in a listen-only mode.
Later, we’ll conduct a question and answer session with
instructions being given at that time. (Operator
instructions.) As a reminder, today’s call will be recorded.
I would now like to turn the conference over to your host
and facilitator, Ms. Joanna Wolff. Please go ahead, ma’am.
Joanna: Thank you, Steven. And thank you, everyone, for
joining the Boom! conference call with host, Tom Papa. The
series premieres Thursday, June 25th at 8:00 p.m. on Fox.
And now I’ll turn it over to Tom, who will begin taking your
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our first question will
come from the line of the Examiner. Please go ahead.
Megan: Hi, Tom. Thank you so much for taking the call today.
I just had a quick question. How did you get involved in the
show and to be a host? How—were you approached by it, if you
always wanted to host a project like this?
Tom: Yes. I’m a comedian first and foremost. And comedian’s
kind a have a lot of success with hosting all these shows
like Steve Harvey, and Howie Mandel, and Drew Carey, all
people like that. And I hosted The Marriage Ref at NBC and
did a show on National Geographic, Duck Quacks Don’t Echo.
So, I’m always kind of hosting these different things. And
I’d done a couple of events for the people over at FOX. When
this one came up, they just gave me a call.
Megan: Is this the most slime one you’ve ever done?
Tom: This is definitely the craziest show I’ve been involved
Megan: Cool. Thanks.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of
Christina Smith. Please go ahead.
Christina: Hi. Thank you so much. Okay. Could you talk a
little bit about working with the different contestants and
the teams, like what that relationship was like? Did you
have a lot of interaction with them or kind of how you
enjoyed that aspect of the show?
Tom: Yes. It was really fun. It’s kind of like Family Feud in
a way, where you have these teams of three; they’re either
friends, or co-workers, or family members, and they kind of
all come on and they really want to win some money and it
was kind of a thing that really threw me. Like, as a
comedian, I just want to know that the show is going to be
fun and can I be funny on it? Is it something I would think
people would like?
But then in the middle of it, these people are so close to
winning like $500,000. And this is life changing amounts of
money. And I really found myself like protecting these
people, and rooting for them, and trying to make sure that
they didn’t end up with a big “Wile E. Coyote” slime bomb
exploding in their face, and that they would possibly go
home with some actual money. I actually—I became very, very
protective of the contestants.
Christina: Thank you.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our next question will
come from the line of Brian Smith. Please go ahead.
Brian: Hi, there. Thanks for taking the time on the call
today. I kind of had a follow up to the hosting question,
like what is hosting Boom! or what makes hosting Boom!
different than something like The Marriage Ref?
Tom: I’ll tell you what makes it different, there’s two
things. One is on The Marriage Ref there was a lot of
celebrity-driven stuff which can be fun but it also can be a
little annoying especially when you’re trying to book
guests. On this one, I’m the only celebrity, so, I really
like that. And, as a comedian, just to deal with like
regular people and do crowd work, that kind of thing, that’s
The other thing that’s different is on The Marriage Ref, I
didn’t have to go through 20 different suits because people
were exploding gigantic slime bombs. I literally heard
through my earpiece—“We have to make these bombs bigger and
get Papa.” The people that were making these bombs were not
very nice people. I literally went through 20 suits in the
making of this show.
Brian: Well, thanks very much.
Moderator: Our next question will come from the line of The
Fresno Bee. Please go ahead.
Rick: Thank you. Hey, Tom, there was a time years ago when
hosting a game show was about the same as being a car
salesman and yet that’s changed. I mean, you mentioned it
earlier that a lot of comedians are hosting these shows.
When did that change? Do you know when it sort of became
respectable to be a game show host?
Tom: Yes, I’m not really sure. I think just when the formats
of these shows kind of changed. Like those early shows it
was very, very kind of cheesy and daytime, and they were
very kind of limiting in what the hosts would do. They would
just be kind of cornily [ph], if that’s a word, making stuff
up. But now you’re interaction with these people, you’re
keeping it going, there’s like a personality behind it,
they’re a little edgier, they’re made for primetime. And it
seems like in the hands of a comedian, that’s really going
to give the show kind of a chance to thrive. I think it’s
the games themselves actually changed. And it was like,
okay, we need somebody that’s funny, and will move it along,
and won’t be cheesy. I mean, nobody in today’s culture is
going to stand for a guy with like a little stick mic and
right back to you and going to winky [ph] at the camera. You
wouldn’t last very long.
Rick: Tom, did you pick up the rhythm pretty quickly? I mean,
as a comedian, you’re doing your work by yourself. But in
this case you had to give—you have to make the guest look
good and all that sort of stuff. Did the rhythm come faster
or did you find you had to start pulling yourself back a
Tom: Yes. The rhythm like dealing with the people, and kind
of having fun with them, and going back and forth, that all
was pretty quick. But learning like the actual game play,
there is that kind of thing, like as a comedian, you kind of
want to fool around the whole time. But then you have these
people that have a chance to win all of this money and you
have to keep it clear in your head all the game play. Okay.
So, this bomb is worth $200,000, there are 5 wires, you’ve
got to hit the correct 4-1. All that little kind of stuff,
that took a little time. You don’t want to be like, have
someone out there about to win all this money and they don’t
because I just wanted to get a joke in.
Rick: Right. Thanks, Tom. I appreciate it.
Tom: Thank you.
Moderator: (Operator instructions.) Our next question will
come from the line of Krista of The TV MegaSite. Please go ahead.
Krista: Hi, Tom. Thanks for taking the call today.
Krista: What drew you or attracted you to
Tom: Well, anytime I look at a show, it’s do I think it’s
going to be a good, new kind of show, like will people be
excited to buy it? But also, as a host, I want to make sure
that I’m going to be able to be myself, and have a chance to
be funny, and let my comedic side of me kind of come out.
And, as a comedian, you’re always writing jokes, and you’re
always trying to come up with stuff that’s really funny and
clever. Whenever I’m doing standup specials and that kind of
thing, that takes a lot of work and you know you can be
funny because you’re sitting down and doing it. With this
show I said to myself, well, if it’s my job to be funny, if
I’m standing next to somebody who just had a chance to win
some money, and now we’re covered from head to toe in a
green, guacamole slime bomb, I’m pretty confident I can come
up with some jokes on that.
Krista: Thanks. And I look forward to watching it.
Tom: Alright. Have a good time.
Moderator: And once again, ladies and gentlemen, there are no
questions in queue at this time. (Operator instructions.)
And we have a question from the line of TVaddict.com. Please
Alice: Hi. How are you today?
Tom: Good. How are you?
Alice: Good. Thanks for making time for this call. I was just
wondering, what was the best part of working with all the
different contestants and the teams as you were hosting
Tom: The best part was when you really like the people.
Certain people come on and they’re, I wouldn’t say you don’t
like them but if a slime bomb were to hit them you wouldn’t
be that upset. But the real fun part is when you have
like—there was a—I don’t want to give anything away, but
there’d be certain teams that come on who you really like
and they really want the money for—because they’re going to
do something really great with it. And, the momentum builds,
and the suspense builds, and you’re there alongside them.
And to actually see them make the right moves, and actually
pull it out, and actually go home with some money, and like
be really completely satisfied with the whole process, and
you’re kind of excited because you feel like you’re—you
can’t—I don’t know that answers to the questions, but you’re
not helping them, but you’re kind of cheering for them, and
helping them calm down, and kind of guide them along to make
sure that they don’t freak out and do something dumb. Those
moments were really the best.
Alice: Great. Thanks so much.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our Q&A
session for today. I would like to turn the conference back
over to Ms. Wolff for any closing comments. Please go ahead.
Joanna: Thank you, everyone. Thank you, Tom, for your time,
and for the great questions, everyone. Just a reminder, the
series premieres Thursday, June 25th at 8. And that should
be a good time. Thanks.
Tom: Thank you.
Moderator: Ladies and gentlemen, that does conclude our
conference call for today. On behalf of today’s panel, we
would like to thank you for your participation in today’s
Boom! Conference Call. And thanks for using AT&T. Have a
wonderful day. You may now disconnect.
(Host on BOOM!)
With more than 20 years as a stand-up comedian,
Tom Papa has
found success in film, television and radio, as well as on
the live stage.
Papa currently can be seen alongside
Clive Owen in Steven Soderbergh’s cable series “The Knick.”
He was featured alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in
Soderbergh’s Emmy Award-winning 2013 cable film “Behind the
Candelabra.” Personally chosen by Jerry Seinfeld,
Papa hosted the series “The Marriage
Ref.” He also has been seen on “Inside Amy Schumer”; in a
recurring role opposite Julia Louis-Dreyfus on “The New
Adventures of Old Christine”; and starring in his own
series, “Come to Papa.”
Papa starred opposite Matt Damon in
Soderbergh’s 2009 feature film “The Informant,” and opposite
Paul Giamatti in Rob Zombie’s animated feature, “The Haunted
World of El Superbeasto,” as the voice of “El Superbeasto.” He
appeared in the movies “Top Five,” “Analyze That” and
“Comedian.” He also had a voiceover role and was a writer on
Seinfeld’s animated feature, “Bee Movie.”
His first one-hour special, “Tom
Papa Live in New York City,”
premiered in January of 2012. His second one-hour stand-up
special, “Tom Papa:
Freaked Out,” was directed by Zombie and was named one of
the 10 Best Comedy Albums of 2013 by Laughspin.com.
Papa is host of the hit SiriusXM
show, “Come to Papa,” which airs on
channel 99. The weekly, one-hour program features extended
interviews with comedians, including Mel Brooks, Ray Romano,
Carl Reiner and Seinfeld. The program also features
Papa hosting a live, scripted radio
play, with top comedians playing the roles.
When not touring, Papa lives in New
York and Los Angeles with his wife and family.
We are so excited to share with you the premiere episode of
our brand-new, fun-filled, slime-soaked, trivia-driven quiz
show BOOM!, debuting Thursday,
June 25 (8:00-9:00
PM ET/PT) on FOX. BOOM!
is a general knowledge quiz show that challenges teams to
defuse a series of ticking slime-bombs by dramatically
cutting the wires relating to the correct answers and
leaving the wrong answers untouched. If they get it right,
the players win big money, but if they get it wrong or run
out of time… BOOM! The contestants –
and audience – are showered with anything from “macaroni and
cheese” to “maple syrup.”
The show is based on Keshet International’s smash-hit format
which premiered earlier this year, becoming Israel's
highest-rated game show launch ever. So, naturally, we
wanted to spread the love and let you (and the rest of
America) in on the fun!
We hope you have a blast watching!
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