EXPIRED: 11/15/09 – Ken Ober, 52, best known as the host of the MTV game show “Remote Control,” grew up in New England watching games shows like “The Price is Right” and “The Newlywed Game” and thinking “I can do that.”
He landed in Hollywood in the 80’s and won the talent show “Star Search” in the Comedian division. That program actually turned him into a star; albeit for a short time, and he went on to host 4 game shows of his own, including “Remote Control” in 1987.
The show, which was MTV’s first non-musical show, pitted contestants against each other and quizzed them on TV, music and pop-culture trivia. Pre-fame star wannabe’s Adam Sandler and Colin Quinn were frequent sidekicks. He also hosted “Smush,” “Make Me Laugh” and appeared on the “Daily Show” often.
More recently, Ober was behind the camera as a producer for sitcoms like “Mind of Mencia” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”
Ober called a friend on Saturday night, complaining of flu-like symptoms. He was found dead the next day.
Ironically, Ober was the target of the latest “internet fake death rumor.”