Imagine going to a friend’s house only to discover that you’re an unsuspecting panelist on a talk show, in their living room complete with a studio audience. Welcome to Start Talkin’, Complex Networks’ new original series starting today, April 12, 2017, on go90™. Hosted by comedian Scott Rogowsky, Start Talkin’ turns the traditional interview on its head when everyday people unexpectedly become late-night show guests, from aspiring actors to potential threesome candidates.
With the help of New York City’s own DJ Cipha Sounds and a slate of celebrity guests along the way, Rogowsky serves as the middleman between roommate seekers, casting directors and New York City’s finest applicants. The hopefuls arrive to a pop-up late-night set expecting an informal meet-up and are instead met with lights, cameras and a head-to-head competition with other candidates.
The eight-episode series spans a variety of ‘wanted ads’ including a celebrity looking for a personal assistant, an art gallery owner seeking a date and a chef who needs a no-nonsense bouncer for his new restaurant.
Rogowsky uses his wild experiences as a New York native and host of “Running Late with Scott Rogowsky” to entertain the studio audience while vetting the candidates through hilarious challenges and invasive questions.
"My parents always taught me not to talk to strangers. With Start Talkin', now I'm doing it for a living!" said Rogowsky.
Who’s Up for a Threesome - Scott Rogowsky helps a couple find a third for a threesome. Special guest Vinny Guadagnino stops by to dish his own tales of three-way fun on the rooftop of the Jersey Shore house.
Allison’s Double Date - Scott Rogowsky finds a date for a busy art gallery owner. Comedian Jim Norton drops by to hurl insults at the two contenders and attempts to win her over for himself.
Bouncer, I Don’t Even Know Her - Two hulking dudes vie for a bouncer job at NYC’s newest hot spot, VNYL.
Pain in My Assistant - Scott Rogowsky surprises unsuspecting candidates with a competition to be Impractical Jokers star Sal Vulcano’s personal assistant.
Headbangers with Balls - Scott helps a death metal lead singer find a new bass player for his band.
The show is produced by ITV Entertainment in association with Big Energy Productions. Mark Efman, David George, Shawn Witt, Jon Murray, Scott Rogowsky, Justin Killion and Brian Silbert serve as executive producers.
Start Talkin’ is the latest Complex Networks Original Series in a growing line-up of shows that also includes QB1: Beyond the Lights from Peter Berg’s Film45; Thanksgiving created by Dan Powell and Bethany Hall and starring Chris Elliott and Amy Sedaris; Embeds, from Megyn Kelly, and Michael DeLuca; Top Grier starring Hayes Grier; and Drive Share created by and starring Paul Scheer and Rob Huebell.
ABOUT COMPLEX NETWORKS
Complex Networks, formed from the acquisition of Complex Media Inc. through a joint venture by Verizon and Hearst, is a global lifestyle brand and media company and one of the most influential voices in popular culture today. Complex Networks generates over 810 million video views a month across its digital channels – Complex, Collider, First We Feast, Rated Red, Pigeons and Planes, Seriously.TV and more – and is a top 10 publisher in the U.S. for social engagement on channels like Facebook and YouTube.
Complex Networks develops and distributes original programming for its channels and through output deals with premium distributors including go90. The company cultivates content that spans across popular culture from music to movies, sports to video games, fashion to food, reaching the coveted 18-24-year-old male audience. In 2016, the company successfully hosted its first ComplexCon in Long Beach, California, attracting top brands and over 35,000 attendees to the two-day cultural festival.
go90 is a free, mobile-first social entertainment platform that makes it easy to discover, view and share content from the most beloved networks, distributors, creators, audiences and brands in digital entertainment. Available on the web, iOS and Android, go90 brings together and delivers premiere entertainment experiences across every screen. go90 is part of the Verizon Communications family of companies. Start watching now on go90.com.
ITV Entertainment, part of the ITV America group, is one of the largest international producers for the US market and a major force in acquiring, developing and producing entertainment programming for US networks. ITV Entertainment has a wide slate of series with major networks and syndicators, including Hell’s Kitchen (FOX), The First 48 (A&E), 30 Something Grandma (Lifetime), World Star TV (MTV2) and the new Queer Eye (Netflix), as well as upcoming series and specials for USA and A&E, among others.
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