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Friday, March 8, 2013

Family Feud Auditions for San Francisco Families

Posted By on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 at 10:25 AM

Survey says!
  • Survey says!

A thought: Is the "XXX" that flashes across the screen when a Family Feud competitor fails a reference to moonshine jugs apropos of the McCoys and Hatfields we envision as engaging in family feuds?

Perhaps that's overthinking it. And overthinking is the one thing you don't want to do when competing on the game show Family Feud -- which doesn't require knowledge from its contestants but a keen sense of how a survey of average Americans would answer the questions. (So if the query is "what's your favorite color?" you'd be ill-served to answer "puce.").

If a local family wants to pass a question to the Family Feud powers-that-be about the moonshine, we'd welcome it. And local families are being sought for the show -- Bay Area tryouts have been announced on this stunningly vintage 1993 webpage for March 16 and 17. The time and place are not listed -- though an e-mail we received mentions South San Francisco. It seems interested families must score an appointment time by dialing (323) 762-8467 or e-mailing bayarea@familytryouts.com.

Of course, this prompts the question of what constitutes a family.

Upon dialing the aforementioned number, one is informed that a team is composed of five family members and "a team must be related by blood, marriage, or legal adoption."

That leaves open some very Bay Area possibilities. Sadly, the blood relative bit also eliminates some very Bay Area possibilities:

  • Nudists vs. Scott Wiener and staff;
  • Public Defender vs. District Attorneys;
  • iPhone users vs. Android users;
  • Cyclists vs. everybody else;
  • Hipsters vs. everybody else;
  • Public health inspectors vs. unlicensed bacon-wrapped hot dog street vendors;
  • Guardian editorial vs. SF Weekly editorial


And, finally, because it's Friday and you deserve it, here's the greatest game show clip yet:




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About The Author

Joe Eskenazi

Joe Eskenazi

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Joe Eskenazi was born in San Francisco, raised in the Bay Area, and attended U.C. Berkeley. He never left. "Your humble narrator" was a staff writer and columnist for SF Weekly from 2007 to 2015. He resides in the Excelsior with his wife, 4.3 miles from his birthplace and 5,474 from hers.

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