Upstaging the game show
How a USF graduate stole the spotlight on 'The Price is Right' by tackling celebrities
Published: Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, January 11, 2012 11:01
Some graduates of the USF theatre program go on to work in television. But only one so far has run barefoot onto the stage of "The Price is Right", jumped into host Drew Carey's arms and then proceeded to tackle-hug actor Neil Patrick Harris.
This chain of events has brought Destiny Ramsey, a 2010 graduate from USF in political science and theater performance, viral video fame. Multiple YouTube videos of Ramsey have seen more than 100,000 hits and the clip has been posted on news sites from all over the media spectrum.
The Oracle caught up with Ramsey, who currently goes to Pepperdine Law School in Malibu, Calif., to talk about how violating celebrities' personal space brought her Internet fame.
The Oracle: So tell us about the show, which aired Jan. 4. How were you chosen?
Destiny Ramsey: If you go online, (CBS) has tickets to a lot of stuff. You can get free tickets to a show time and then you can go and watch the show. Before "The Price is Right", they have a mini-interview with everyone in the audience — they ask you where you're from and what you're doing in Los Angeles and all that stuff. And then afterwards they put everyone in the audience and, I assume, they kind of screen who they want from that little interview session. But they don't tell you until you get picked.
O: What kind of games did you play?
DR: When you first get your name called, everyone who's up there guesses the price of an item. And so I did that and I got the closest guess to the price of a camera set, so I won a camera set. Once you win that you get called up, and I played a game called The Grocery Game, which I totally did not understand the rules for at all because it's really, really loud in there. So when Drew Carey was, like, explaining the rules, I couldn't hear anything.
And because I was on Celebrity Week, Neil Patrick Harris was playing with me. Basically, the game was picking a certain number of items until you hit a $21 mark without going over. Neil Patrick Harris told me to pick, like, 17 cans of Campbell's soup because he thought they were worth like 7 cents. But it turns out they were worth a dollar sixty-something — they were the most expensive cans of soup I'd ever heard of.
But then everyone gets to spin the wheel and I spun and got the dollar, so I won $1,000. And then, because I got the dollar, I got to be on the final showcase where you guess the price of all the showcase items. But I totally lost that. I can't even blame Neil Patrick Harris for that one, that was all me.