Greenlawn resident takes part in NBC’s ‘Weakest Link’ game show
Dan LaBoyne is the guy people want on their team at quiz night.
The Greenlawn resident is a pop culture buff and a mastermind when it comes to random facts.
“During the pandemic in 2020, my wife and I watched a lot of reality TV shows and I still have a weird knowledge of a lot of pop culture,” LaBoyne said. “For some reason, I can still keep these random facts and information in my brain… It only really benefits me for a quiz or game show.”
LaBoyne’s trivial knowledge has paid off, as he now has the opportunity to test his wits on Season 2 of the NBC game show, “Weakest Link.”
His episode airs June 13 at 10 p.m.
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Hosted by actress Jane Lynch, “Weakest Link” is a quiz that’s a mix of elements from “Jeopardy” and “Survivor.”
Eight contestants work together, answering seven sets of questions while accumulating their winnings.
Money is added to the pot for each question they get correctly and drops to zero each time an answer is wrong. As the contestants falter, their place in the game is put in jeopardy.
Each round ends with the vote of one candidate – the weakest link – and the last one standing wins all the prize money.
LaBoyne is a fan of the show and always answered questions at home while watching.
When casting opened for “Weakest Link,” he submitted his information on NBC’s website and didn’t expect anything to happen, he said.
He heard from an NBC representative and began the audition process.
“The process consisted of three virtual Zoom meetings, one was a discovery, taking you through stages, then an audition where there was a mock quiz, and I went through all the stages,” LaBoyne said. . “They finally wanted me to come.”
The weakest link of 2020 is a reboot of the original series from the early 2000s, LaBoyne said.
LaBoyne filmed his episode in June 2021 and was flown to California for the two-day process.
He commented on how interesting it was to get a behind-the-scenes look at how the game show is going.
“It’s a huge production, there are a ton of producers and employees working on the show, to make sure everything is going perfectly and the way they want it to be,” he said. “It took about five hours to film from start to finish…Jane was really nice. Even though she looks stern on TV, she was awesome.
LaBoyne said it was impressive to see Lynch’s professionalism and comedic timing. He said he even got to joke a little with Lynch about Long Island traffic.
Due to pandemic concerns at the time, there was no live audience, but that didn’t get in the way of LaBoyne’s unique experience.
“Now that it’s been a year, I just want to get it over with and watch myself,” he laughed. “It was an amazing experience.”
Find Dan LaBoyne in episode 11 of season 2 of “Weakest Link” on June 13.
Watch this video here to learn more about the show’s premise.
Featured photo: Jane Lynch and the contestants from Weakest Link episode 7 “Who’s the smartphone that wishes it had a smarter owner?” Photo by Chris Haston/NBC | 2020 NBC Universal Media, LLC.