Boiling Points

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Boiling Points was a prank reality television show, much like the format used on Candid Camera. It was broadcast on MTV in the United States from 2004 to 2005. In each half-hour episode, annoying situations were set up and deliberately inflicted on one or more young adults who were unaware that they were being tested. Examples included poor or incompetent customer service in a store or restaurant, being accosted by a date's ex-love-interest while out together, and unprovoked rudeness from a total stranger.

While being watched via hidden camera, the subject of the show must refrain from displaying a temper or storming off for a predetermined length of time. If he or she passes, a prize of $100 cash is awarded on the spot.

Typically, the Boiling Point time on each segment is anywhere from 3 to 20 minutes. Most often, people lose because they use obscenities in their confusion and/or anger.

The cast included improvisers Alison Becker, Jonathan Blitt, Colton Dunn, Giselle Forte, Rebekka Johnson, Billy Merritt, Missy O'Reilly, Eric Wippo and Sauce.

Unusual occurrences

  • In a skit involving Blitt serving pizza slices intentionally flipped upside-down on to a plate, one mark responded to being told to pay again if she wanted a new slice by throwing both the drink and the pizza on to Blitt.
  • Johnson was playing a cashier at a supermarket who was irritating a customer by talking with a cellphone ear piece while scanning items for her. The customer lunged over the counter and attempted to snatch the ear piece.

Lady Gaga

  • A young and then unknown Stefani Germanotta aged nineteen, now better known as Lady Gaga, appeared as a contestant on an episode in 2005. In the episode, she and two other contestants would be awarded $100 if they went fourteen minutes without cursing or making a scene in a New York City restaurant when a waitress threw away their food and upon request, returned it with trash on top. She was the only contestant on the segment to lose when she used profanity 1 minute and 27 seconds prior to the end of the challenge. After a brief argument, she told the waitress, "Who would put that in their mouth? Would you put that in your mouth? It has shit all over it! Clearly you would because you're just, like, fucked up." She laughed when she realized they were on the show when the waitress gave them the money.

See also

  • Breaching experiment
  • Prankville - a similar TV series airing on Country Music Television

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