Wednesday, November 07, 2018

Nickelodeon’s 'Double Dare' Kicks off Multi-City U.S. Tour, Hosted by Marc Summers and Original Sidekick Robin Russo

Update (9/11): New New York tour date added - see below for details!

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Double Dare Live, Produced in Partnership with

Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment, to Visit

Cities Across North America Beginning October 30

Tickets on Sale Friday, Aug. 24, at 10:00 a.m.

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NEW YORK-Aug. 20, 2018- Nickelodeon, in partnership with Red Tail Productions, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Red Tail Entertainment, and CB Entertainment, announced today Nickelodeon’s Double Dare Live, a multi-city live stage tour inspired by the iconic TV game show Double Dare. Featuring original host Marc Summers and his beloved sidekick Robin Russo, the live stage show will debut in Fayetteville, NC, on October 30 and will tour North America through November. Tickets go on sale to the general public Friday, August 24 at 10:00 a.m. Fans can visit for a list of upcoming Double Dare Live tour cities, times and ticket information.

“Hosting the Double Dare Live tour couldn’t be any more exciting, and I look forward to bringing the fun and messiness of Double Dare to audiences across the country,” said Marc Summers. “Doing the show again with my sidekick Robin will fulfill childhood dreams of the generation that grew up with us and introduce this classic show to the next generation.”

Double Dare Live will feature two teams comprised of selected audience members competing to win prizes by answering brain-bending trivia questions, completing messy physical challenges and ultimately facing the legendary obstacle course.

The brand-new Double Dare series premiered this summer and ranks in the top three shows with Kids 6-11 on all TV. The new Double Dare TV series is hosted by digital creator and actress Liza Koshy, with original host Marc Summers providing color commentary on the challenges and lending his vast knowledge of the game and expertise to each episode.

Double Dare premiered on Oct. 6, 1986, on Nickelodeon, and ran from 1986-1993, making it the network’s longest running game show. Marc Summers served as the show’s original host from 1986-1993. Shortly after its debut, Double Dare became one of the most popular original daily programs on cable television. The series went into syndication in 1988, and was later revived as Super Sloppy Double Dare in 1989. The show also ran on broadcast television as Family Double Dare in 1988, followed by new versions on Nick, including Double Dare 2000.


Oct. 30 Fayetteville, NC Crown Theatre (opening night)
Nov. 1 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
Nov. 2 Charlotte, NC Ovens Auditorium
Nov. 3 Baltimore, MD UMBC Events Center
Nov. 4 Norfolk, VA Constant Center
Nov. 7 Milwaukee, WI Miller High Life Theatre
Nov. 8 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
Nov. 9 Nashville, TN TPAC
Nov. 10 Rosemont, IL Rosemont Theatre
Nov. 11 Cleveland, OH State Theatre
Nov. 14 Hartford, CT Bushnell
Nov. 15 Newark, NJ NJPAC
Nov. 16 Rochester, NY Auditorium Theatre
Nov. 18 Pittsburgh, PA Benedeum Center

Double Dare Live is produced by Red Tail Productions, LLC and CB Entertainment.

Red Tail Productions, LLC

CEO Phillip Drayer and President Marc Engel produce and present a wide variety of entertainment throughout North America, including the acclaimed Broadway hit A Night with Janis Joplin (Tony Nomination), the spectacular Do You Hear the People Sing, Cirque Musica, Scooby Doo Live! Musical Mysteries, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live and Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure. Through its division Red Tail-Live, the company has a tremendous track record of producing and presenting live entertainment in a variety of venues, theatres, performing arts centers and arenas throughout the U.S. and Canada presenting over a hundred events annually, spanning genres from Broadway Musicals to Country and Pop, to Classic Rock, Jazz and Comedy, and featuring heritage artists such as Tony Bennett, Alan Jackson, Norah Jones, Dolly Parton, Harry Connick, Jr., The Beach Boys, Bill Maher, and Martina McBride.

About CB Entertainment

Charlie Blum is a renowned entertainment industry executive with over 40 years of experience as a major concert promoter, talent buyer, theatre executive, television producer and artist manager. He served for almost three decades as President/CEO for Chicagoland’s premier concert facility, the Star Plaza Theatre, following more than ten years as a Vice President with the Nederlander Concerts. Charlie has worked with virtually every major artist in show business, presenting thousands of concerts featuring performers like Jerry Seinfeld, Garth Brooks, Frank Sinatra, Madonna, The Jackson Five, Christina Aguilera, The Grateful Dead, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton, Rod Stewart and Cher. He has executive-produced four nationally released PBS television shows, most recently, the groundbreaking “Harmonies 4 Healing” with partner Connecticut Public Broadcasting. Charlie is also the host of Lakeshore Classic Movies every weekend on PBS in Chicago.

About Nickelodeon

Nickelodeon, now in its 39th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, digital, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in more than 90 million households and has been the number-one-rated kids’ basic cable network for 22 consecutive years. For more information or artwork, visit Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NASDAQ: VIA, VIAB).


Update (9/11): New tour date added! Double Dare Live will be visiting Proctors in Schenectady, NY on November 17, 2018! Tickets available now via!

Update (8/24): Red Tail Live! has announced on Twitter that they'll be rolling the second leg of the Double Dare Live tour during Spring 2018, which will visit the West side of the USA, as opposed to this Fall which focuses on the East! Red Tail Live! added that they don't yet know exactly what cities they are coming into yet, but advised fans to definitely keep a lookout!

Those aged 18 years or older who purchase tickets may also return to the site after purchasing to register for a chance to be a contestant on the live show! The show will begin accepting online applications to participate on Oct. 1. You can also register to be a participant in person on the day of the show. This could be your one chance to face the legendary Double Dare obstacle course and get really messy!

For fans who are interested in meeting Marc Summers and Robin Russo, there are special VIP tickets you’ll be able to buy that include premium show seating, a pre-show meet and greet photo opportunity with Marc Summers and Robin Russo on the Double Dare Live stage, and an official Double Dare Live tour laminate souvenir. At this time, the cost of tickets is unknown, so I'm unsure much more these tickets will cost at the moment, although there are reports that regular tickets will start at around $32.00 and the VIP package will cost $94.

Are you excited to see Double Dare Live hit the road this fall? Will you and a friend try out for the show? You can take the physical challenge or leave a comment for me below!

Update (11/7) - From the Nashville Tennessean:

'Double Dare Live' in Nashville: 'Relentless' Marc Summers still the draw

Few TV shows are more beloved by children of the ‘80s and early ‘90s than ‘Double Dare,’ the famously sloppy Nickelodeon game show hosted by Marc Summers.

From 1986 to 1993, its young audience tuned in to watch kids like them compete in messy “Physical Challenges” and race through a slime-filled obstacle course.

Now, 25 years later, “Double Dare” has made a comeback. A new version of the show began airing on Nickelodeon earlier this year, and a national tour, “Double Dare Live!” comes to TPAC’s Jackson Hall on Friday.

But in Marc Summers’ world, ‘Double Dare’ has never gone away.

“We haven't stopped doing the show for 32 years,” Summers tells The Tennessean. “Even when it wasn't on the air, we were doing it somewhere.”

While he moved on to other TV hits like The Food Network’s “Unwrapped,” Summers continued to host a special version of “Double Dare” for corporate events.

When fans of the show reached drinking age, he presided over an annual, highly unofficial “Drunk Double Dare” for Philadelphia Beer Week.

And for years, he hounded executives at Nickelodeon about bringing the show back – until they finally gave in.

The new “Double Dare” has a new host – social media star Liza Koshy – while Summers serves in a supporting role. But for the “Double Dare Live” tour, he’s again at center stage, just as he was for the show’s original tours in the ‘80s and ‘90s.

He told us about the journey to get “Double Dare” back on the air, how he had a "big learning curve" returning to kids’ entertainment in 2018, and shared his best tips for fans that are hoping to compete on stage in Nashville.

'I'm pretty relentless'

“I've been crawling up Nickelodeon's uh, body part for a long time, trying to get them to do this, and the answer was always, 'No,’” Summers says.

“I'm pretty relentless. So I read that they were bringing back 'Blues Clues,' and then I read that they were bringing back 'Clarissa (Explains It All).' I sent an email to the executives that simply said, 'Am I getting the next phone call?' That's all it said. 'Send.' And a few mornings later, I woke up, and the email (from Nickelodeon) said, 'Can you call us?' This was the opening line: 'Your persistence has paid off.' So you know, never give up.”

'It's another world'

Summers jokes that they last had a “Double Dare” tour “a hundred years ago.” But it likely felt that long when he jumped back into the world of kids’ TV after 25 years away.

Today’s “Double Dare” contestants, for example, celebrate with victory dances learned from the video game “Fortnite.” And while Summers got his start as a warmup comedian for sitcoms like “Alice” and “Soap,” new host Koshy became a star on the social media platform Vine.

“I had a big learning curve, quite honestly,” he says. “Because when I first had the meeting with (Nickelodeon), they said, 'You know, you're not going to host it.' I said, 'No, I understand that. Do you have somebody in mind?' And they said, 'Yes, we want to bring on an influencer.' And I said, 'I have no idea what that means.' I didn't know the term.

I had to do homework, really quick, and get online and start looking at Liza's stuff. I realized that when she broke up with her boyfriend, 30 million people watched. It's another world.”

“When I walked out (on stage) the first couple of days, before the show was on the air, the parents would be in the back row, and they would go nuts. And the kids would go (murmurs) 'Who's that old guy?' And then Liza would walk out, and it was like seeing the Beatles. And the parents would go, 'Who's that?' We've now merged two generations, and it's just working. It's weird.”

'The one thing I tell parents is...'
There’s a VIP package for “Double Dare Live” that includes a meet-and-greet with Summers and the show’s original assistant, Robin Russo.

“It’s all being bought by (adults),” Summers says. “They all have stories. The show on the air is for the parents who have kids who are the same age they were when the show first started.”

Double Dare, Episode 117 - Pictured: Liza Koshy, Marc Summers and Contestants in DOUBLE DARE on NICKELODEON. Photo: Lisa Rose/Nickelodeon. ©2018 Viacom, International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. LISA ROSE, LISA ROSE/NICKELODEON

With that in mind, he has a tip for those families hoping to participate in the live show.

“The one thing I tell parents is, 'Don't tell your kids that you'll get on stage no matter what.' …When there's 3,000 people in an audience, and you're only bringing 75 on stage, don't tell your kids that they're gonna get on. I select the people right out the audience. If you're sitting there with your head down and your hands wringing, I'm not going to select you, but if I see energy, enthusiasm, 'Pick me! Pick me!' You've got a really good shot.”

Double Dare Live Tickets

“Double Dare Live” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Friday [11/9] at TPAC’s Jackson Hall. Tickets are $29.50 - $54.50 at


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Originally published: Monday, August 20, 2018.

Additional sources: Business Wire, W3Schools, Indianapolis Star, /Film, Nerdist,, All Over Albany; West coast tour update: Huge thanks to @Magitroopa for the news!
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