For some it was a launching pad. For others a stop along the way. And for a few it was a career highlight. But every Nickelodeon game show host has one thing in common: They were a part of something special, something that touched the lives of millions of children. They were overly chipper and always willing to get doused with slime. They were there after school and there on the weekends. For that, Summer Sanders will forever have people tell her to “figure it out.” Marc Summers will forever have people tell him they want to take the physical challenge. And Kirk Fogg will forever have people ask him if he ever made out with Olmec. This is the life of a Nickelodeon game show host.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard from most of our favorite hosts and that makes us sad. So we went on a journey find out where they’ve gone. This is what we came up with.
1. Moira Quirk — Mo from “Guts”
A native of England, Mo dabbles in comedy these days and has made a career as a voice actress for cartoons (“My Life as a Teenage Robot”) and video games (“Haunting Ground”). As for her days as the co-host and referee of “Guts” and “Global Guts,” Mo says it was ironic she got the gig because she knows squat about sports. “[I] turned up chipper and showered and that seemed to suffice,” she said. But did she ever conquer the Aggro Crag?
2. Kirk Fogg — “Legends of the Hidden Temple”
Green Monkeys and Silver Snakes were the best, right? Now 50-years-old, Fogg is most well-known for his time as the host (or guide) of “Legends,” the Indiana Jones-themed show that ran from 1993 to 1995.
Fogg has found a lot of work as a commercial actor (about 200 national commercials) and his most recent TV credit include a role as an attorney in the pilot of “Veronica Mars” in 2004. In 2006, Fogg wrote and directed the crime thriller “Distortion.” “Legends” remains one of Nickelodeon’s coolest shows ever, thanks partially to Fogg but mostly to his co-host Olmec.
3. Marc Summers — “Double Dare”
The most incredible thing about Summers’ run as host of the massively sloppy “Double Dare” was his later-revealed battle with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder. The man has an obsession with cleanliness and order. So his gig as host of “Double Dare” was kind of like a germo-phobe working as a garbage man. From 1991 to 1993, Summers also hosted “What Would You Do?,” which gave us a fantastic theme song and this creepy wall of hands.
Since his Nick days ended, Summers has remained busy as a host and producer for a variety of other shows, including “I Can’t Believe You Said That” and “Unwrapped” on the Food Network. And he’s done it all while keeping everything neat and orderly.
4. Summer Sanders — “Figure It Out”
If you didn’t know, Summer Sanders was an Olympic swimmer and won four medals at the 1992 Summer games in Barcelona. (This is a good time to remind you of the Dan & Dave Reebok commercials.) Sanders began working in television while competing and in 1997 became the first female host of a Nick game show. “Figure It Out” involved Nick personalities guessing the obscure hobbies of nerdy contestants and Sanders making those feel a little better about themselves.
Her resumé since then includes hosting jobs at every major network, including a stop as host of FOX’s “Skating With Celebrities.” She’s even mixed it up on the contestant side, appearing on the latest season of “The Celebrity Apprentice.”
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