He’s the taxi driver that everyone is hoping to hail, but on June 8 the host of the trivia-for-money game show Cash Cab is hopping out of his signature vehicle to host his own quiz show at The Randolph Theatre. We sat down with Growe (in the Cash Cab!) to discuss drunken contestants, alleged crack smokers, and whether or not he’s ever done the deed in the back seat.
How can I increase my chances of getting picked up by the Cash Cab in Toronto? Are there areas that you frequent more than others?
There are certain neighbourhoods that I typically hang around in—the theatre district, the club district, the Danforth, and others, but even if you were to frequent those places all the time, the odds are still really against you.
Have you ever picked up a contestant who’s too wasted to play?
The wonderful thing about the Cash Cab is that even if people are a little bit into the sauce, they get in and they’re ready to go. It’s almost like they have enough clarity to have fun, play the game, get through it and then, when the game is finally over, they’re back in their inebriated state.
Has anyone ever tossed their cookies in the Cash Cab?
Are you personally a big trivia guy? How well do you think you’d do if you had to sit in the back seat?
I think I was better before I started Cash Cab. It’s almost like my brain is now so full of factual information that I have trouble recalling things. But I always did well at Trivial Pursuit.
Well, I’m glad to hear that because for two minutes only, I’m taking over as host. First question, for one dollar: How old is Vanna White?
I believe she just turned 60.
Ouch. No, Vanna is 56. (At least that what she says.)
I thought that she just turned 60 because there was that big story recently where Pat Sajak was a guest on some other show and he revealed that he and Vanna used to get drunk before tapings and she was all pissed off [that he told the story]. I thought that was in conjunction with her 60th birthday.
Question two, for two dollars: What was Bob Barker’s standard The Price Is Right sign off?
I believe it was “Have your pets spayed or neutered.”
That is correct! And the last question, for three dollars: Does Alex Trebek look better with or without a moustache?
I think it has to be with.
Correct! He looks super creepy without it. Congratulations. I hope you are willing to take an IOU on five bucks.
How is The Adam Growe Trivia Show different from the Cash Cab TV show?
Well, it’s the same for two reasons: One, it’s me. And two, there is trivia. The difference is that this is more of an evening of entertainment. I am able to customize the questions I ask to the specific audience. I can bring up a couple of biker dudes, and ask them a question about Justin Bieber. There will also be live performances—guest comedians and musical performances throughout the night—and I’m going to be interviewing former Toronto Maple Leaf Jeff O’Neill.
As a comedian, what do you make of our allegedly crack-smoking mayor?
I think that Rob Ford’s city hall would make a great graphic novel. There’s darkness, there’s adventure, there’s drugs…allegedly. It’s like the Ford brothers watch too many gangster movies. I know it’s all allegedly, but if he is a crack addict, it would explain a lot.
How much would you love to pick up Mayor Ford and brother Doug in the Cash Cab?
I have joked about that. Right when the story broke, I said if you want them to give answers get them in the Cash Cab—nobody can resist.
Have you ever joined the backseat bonk club?
Ha! Not since I was growing up have I even made out in the back seat of a cab. What about you?
I’m asking the questions here. Has anyone ever tried to do it in the Cash Cab?
Well, people know they’re on TV, so they know there’s only so much they’re going to get away with, but there are some couples who see it as an opportunity to make out on camera to show off how happy they are with their relationship. I’m looking in my rearview and saying, “You just got a $25 question—do you need the tongue?” What’s it going to get like at $100?
Batman or Spider-Man?
Favourite ice cream?
Desert island album?
Word you use most?
Jon Stewart or Stephen Colbert?
Chips and salsa.
Canada’s Wonderland or The Ex?
The Adam Growe Trivia Show happens at The Randolph Theatre, 736 Bathurst St., June 8. $30.