For the past several weeks, I've enjoyed The Joe Schmo Show on Spike TV.
The premise: Take an ordinary guy and make him the only real aspect of the show. Everything else, from the fellow contestants (actors) to the smarmy host (actor) to the games (rigged) to the elimination ceremony (scripted) was fake.
At the end, have one of the actors win, then turn around and reveal to Joe — in this case Matt Kennedy Gould, of Pittsburgh, PA — that everyone are actors and that the whole thing was fake.
The drama of the show was getting Matt to play along, which he did. They toyed with his emotions and he took it. They allowed him to win contests and go along with the story that he was one of nine contestants vying for $100,000 on the reality show "Lap of Luxury." He bought into everything hook, line and sinker.
But the only thing that the actors didn't realize is that Matt was such a nice guy, such a gentleman and such a (I hate to say it) sucker, everything that happened, he took to heart. And they took it to heart, too.
Tonight it was revealed to him that everything was fake and he said that the show changed his life... for the better.
What I learned from Joe, er... Matt Kennedy Gould:
• Be nice to everyone.
• Play the game, but don't forget who you are.
• Win graciously, lose with grace.
• Your character is the only thing that you take with you when you leave the room and the only thing you leave with people at the same time.
• Be true to yourself and you'll never fail.
• Above all else, be positive and stand up for yourself and for those who need help.
Matt made an impression on everyone who was involved in the scam... er... show. They agonized over his emotions that they were drawing out. They almost screwed up twice and he never flinched.
I'm not going to be cheesy and say that watching the show made me a better person, but I am a little bit better of by watching it. I'll never look at a reality show the same way again and I'll never look at a nice guy/gal the same way again, either.
Best line (at the end): What is going on??? --- Matt