Quick Take: Fear Factor, "Scorpion Tales"
"Swallow his ass!" - Anthony Jr.
Review: Fear Factor, "Scorpion Tales"
(S0701) Sure, there are plenty of celebrities who are more traditionally "successful" than Joe Rogan. But you would be hard pressed to find another person in show business with a resume as varied and diverse as Rogan's.
The guy has literally done it all. In the mid-'90s he co-starred on the sitcom NewsRadio. Then in 1997 he took on color commentary duties at the Ultimate Fighting Championship. Rogan is an accomplished stand-up and has recently experienced success as a podcast host.
His most high profile job came in 2001 when he was hired to host Fear Factor, an NBC game show where contestants compete in dangerous and disgusting stunts. The show went off the air in 2006, but now in December of 2011, Fear Factor is back with Joe Rogan once again taking on the hosting duties.
After its five-year hiatus, not much has changed. Rogan's hair is a little thinner, his upper body is a little bulkier, and his arms are more tatted-up, but everything else is basically the same. The stunts are still absurd and the eating challenges are still gross. Actually, the eating challenges are even more nasty than they were a decade ago due in no small part to the prevalence of high definition televisions. If you thought watching a woman chew up a hissing cockroach was bad in standard def, just wait until you see it in HD.
The second challenge involves diving into a barrel of sludge and retrieving a box full of live scorpions. Once the box is located, it must be opened and the scorpions inside must be eaten whole. Father and son team Anthony Sr. and Anthony Jr. go first. Sr. struggles to force down one of the crunchy scorpions. "Swallow his ass!" Jr. screams. Alas, Jr.s encouragement is not enough and they are eliminated.