If you've ever watched even a single episode of The Price is Right, you've seen some of the custom-made t-shirts that contestants (or entire groups of potential contestants) wear on the show. These shirts feature quirky, funny sayings about the show, the host, the games, or the models.
If you're attending a taping of the show and hope to be a contestant, you might want to start thinking about creating your own shirts to wear. Of course these t-shirts don't guarantee that you'll be called to come on down to Contestant's Row, but they do indicate to the casting folks that you're enthusiastic about being there (and that's always a good thing)! Also, if you've got a particularly clever shirt, there's a good chance that you'll at least get a bit of camera time when the show airs.
Choosing a Saying for Your Shirt
Since The Price is Right is the longest-running game show on daytime TV, there's a good chance that your ideas have been used before. You want to avoid things like "Carey's Cuties," which was overused back when Drew Carey first took over the show. The best way to figure out phrases and sayings that will be unique is to invest some time in watching the show (which, if you're hoping to be a contestant, you should be doing anyway).
You can draw your inspiration from the personalities on the show if you wish. The host is, of course, Drew Carey, but don't forget the announcer, George Gray. Or, if you're seeing the traveling Price show make sure you know for sure who the host is going to be before designing your shirt. (For those of you seeing the Vegas version, steer clear of designing your shirt around a host because they change quite frequently.)
Another way to approach this is to consider the games and other elements of The Price is Right. Of course there are loads of pricing games, but there are also lots of terms you could incorporate such as:
- Contestant's Row
- Come on down
- The big wheel
- Showcase or Showcase Showdown*
- Item up for bid
*Make sure that you know the difference between the showcase and the showcase showdown.
Here's an excellent tip to remember when you're coming up with a phrase: You can't be too cheesy. This is a game show. Game shows ARE cheesy, and we love them that way. Go for the extra cheese! If you're really drawing a blank, feel free to use one of these (somewhat generic) sayings/phrases on your t-shirt.
- Let me take that big wheel for a spin!
- Hey George, I want to come on down!
- Drew Carey for President
- The Price is Right Here - Pick Me!
- Crazy about Plinko
Some Tips for Your Price is Right T-Shirt
Before you decide on what you're going to put on your Price is Right t-shirt, consider these tips to help you make the most out of your wearable declaration:
- Spelling counts! Make sure that everything you're writing is spelled correctly, especially any proper names.
- Don't try to cram in too much text. You've got a limited space and people will have limited time to read what you've got, so keep it simple.
- Tie your saying or phrase in with your hometown, your occupation, or something else that will make it unique.
- If you can get together with a group and make matching shirts, you'll make a bigger impact overall -- at least on the camera man.
Creating Your Shirt
Once you've decided what you want your shirt to say, it's time to get down to the business of designing it. You have a couple of options here: You can write your text on the shirt yourself, or have it professionally done.
Getting a professional to create your t-shirt is a really good idea, and doesn't have to be expensive. A pro will be able to space things out well, recommend a text size, and give you a preview of the shirt before it's actually printed. You can opt for text on the front and/or back of the shirt, or even on the sleeves. Many locations will also let you bring in your own t-shirt to be printed (rather than selling you their own stock).
If you decide instead to go the D.I.Y. route and print your own t-shirts, there are a few things you'll want to keep in mind.
- Create your design on paper first, in actual size, so you can see how the spacing will look.
- When you're ready to commit, use permanent markers or fabric paints that will not run or fade if it gets sweaty, rained on, or otherwise dampened.
- Lighter colored t-shirts will work best, and use dark colors of marker or fabric paint to get your message across.
Remember, the main thing about game shows is that they're fun. Even if you don't win oodles of cash and prizes you're going to remember the experience for the rest of your life. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to come up with the perfect t-shirt -- just choose something upbeat and fun, and go with it!