Tuesday, November 17, 2009

RIP: Ken Ober of MTV's "Remote Control"

I was enamored with "Remote Control" during my tween years. I always loved playing along at home. I can't quite put my finger on what that was, but I know a big part of it was Ken Ober. Just something about him was really cool. He seemed like a nice, approachable guy. Plus, he helped introduce the world to Dennis Leary and Adam Sandler, so that's something, right? RIP Ken.

AP swipe after the jump.

’Remote Control’ gameshow host Ken Ober dies at 52|

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Ken Ober, who hosted the 1980s MTV game show ‘‘Remote Control’’ and helped produce the shows ‘‘Mind of Mencia’’ and ‘‘The New Adventures of Old Christine,’’ has died. He was 52.
His agent, Lee Kernis, says Ober was found dead Sunday in his Santa Monica home. Kernis says Ober complained of headaches and flu-like symptoms on Saturday night but the cause of his death wasn’t clear.
Ober hosted five seasons of ‘‘Remote Control’’ beginning in 1987. Contestants in lounge chairs were asked pop-culture questions from categories such as ‘‘Dead or Canadian?’’ The show featured early appearances by comedians Adam Sandler, Denis Leary and Colin Quinn.
Ober, who was born Ken Oberding in Massachusetts, is survived by his parents and a brother.

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