Sponk!

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Sponk!
Genre Live Action, Sketch Comedy, Game Show
Format Children's television series
Presented by Jonathan McLain
Starring Tim Dorsch, Julia Kay, Scott Irby-Rainnar, Lori Wells, Miles Thompson, Allie Berdebes, Vanessa Lengies, Louie Torrellas
Voices of Karen Fowler
Narrated by Karen Fowler
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Production
Producer(s) Karen Fowler
Running time 30 minutes


Sponk! is a children's television show, broadcast on the American networks Noggin and The N from 2001 to 2003. The premise of Sponk! was improvisational comedy, similar to the show Whose Line Is It Anyway? Two teams of performers depicted suggestions in a variety of games. Viewers suggested their ideas by submitting them to the Noggin website. "SID" (Suggestion & Idea Distributor) was the name of the computer on the show that picked the ideas submitted by Noggin.com members.

Cast[edit]

The cast included host Johnathan McClain, and announcer (as the voice of SID) Karen Fowler. The performers were all young actors. Among them were Julia Kay, Tim Dorsch, Scott Irby-Rainnar, Lori Wells, Miles Thompson (who later went on to star in the feature film Me and You and Everyone We Know), Allie Berdebes, Vanessa Lengies, and Louie Torrellas. [1]

Gameplay[edit]

It resembled a classic Nickelodeon game show, featuring young actors and a young studio audience. The performers were four boys and four girls but with two sitting out and six competing in a red team and blue team. The ideas for the improvisational and sketch contests were submitted by the home audience through Noggin.com. SID would then pick a submission and provide credit for the home audience (as their screen name). Later, SID announced the winner of a small electronic device.

The studio audience participated as judges for the sketches. They disqualified a contestant by yelling "SPONK!". When time ran out, the audience voted the winner by raising the side of their "Spaddle" to vote for the red team or blue team. The "prize" that the performers competed was the Sponk Trophy, a golden rubber chicken. Occasionally an audience member would be the sketch participant while the original performers acted as a celebrity panel, and won a small prize.

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