According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Cash Cab” on the Discovery Channel is being renewed for its sixth season.
If you haven’t watched this trivia-game-in-a-taxi, do. It’s high energy and fun and uniquely New York City. The host Ben Bailey drives the cab and asks the questions, and he’s super quick at both.
I’m not just speaking from a viewer perspective — I was lucky enough to play “Cash Cab” three years ago.
Yep. I was a contestant…and it was a freaky experience.
When I got in the cab, I had no idea what was going on. After I gave the driver the address, he said, “I’ll take you there, but first, we’re going to play…Cash Cab!!”
Multi-colored lights started flashing inside the cab. I froze in my seat.
So…this is how I’m going to die, I thought.
The driver — Ben Bailey, as it turned out — got out of the cab and his female producer quickly jumped in. She smiled and explained what was going on, and gave me the option to not play…but, hey, I like money.
So I played. And I won $450.
When I arrived at my location, Ben handed me the cash and asked me to hop out and celebrate for the cameras. (A van with the producers follows the cab through the city.)
I jumped out and did my best cash dance, while a cameraman circled around me. (Of course, in New York City, the people just kept walking by. No biggie.)
Then they took the money back, and I signed IRS forms right there on the street. And I walked to the restaurant and had lunch with my friends.
Just another day in the Big Apple.