MTV “Remote Control” Host Dies

Posted by Regina on November 16th, 2009

Remote Control’s Ken Ober

July 3, 1957 - November 15, 2009

R.I.P. Ken Ober       MORE  AFTER  JUMP

The funny guy and MTV game show host was found dead Sunday in his Los Angeles home, his agent told

“His body was discovered in his home on Sunday,” Mark Measures, Ober’s talent agent, said. “The last person to have spoken to him was on Saturday morning. No foul play is suspected, no suicide, it looks like natural causes, just no one knows the exact cause yet.”

The last anyone heard from Ober was Saturday night when he spoke to a pal, complaining of a headache and flu-like symptoms, the New York Times reported. Mr. Ober told the friend that he was going to take something and would see a doctor as soon as possible.

For those of you of a certain, ahem, age, Ober is remembered as fun-lovin’, quick-witted host of the pop culture game show “Remote Control,” where Lay-Z-Boy chairs and colorful 80s design dominated the basement-like set. The MTV program, which ran from 1987 to 1990 and was the channel’s first non-musical show , launched the careers of Adam Sandler, Denis Leary and Colin Quinn, who performed in various sketches that doubled as quiz questionswho made various appearances on the show, acting out sketches that functioned as quiz questions.

The tributes to the comedian began to pour in Monday.

“Ken Ober was one of the sharpest, quickest, sweetest guys I ever met,” Sandler said in a statement to MTV News. “He was always a great friend and I will miss him very much.”

Said Leary: “As the star and host of ‘Remote Control,’ he was a welcoming ringmaster who helped to kickstart the careers of numerous talents, including Adam Sandler, Colin Quinn and myself. He will be remembered always by each of his friends not only for his massive talent but for his true, deep and enduring friendship.”

Ober got his show business start on “Star Search” and after “Remote Control” ended, he went on to host other game shows, like “Smush” and “Make Me Laugh.”

Ober worked as a supervising producer in subsequent years on “Tough Crowd With Colin Quinn,” was a consulting producer on “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and a writer and producer on “Mind of Mencia.”

Here’s an Old School promo of the show:

Ken Ober and \”Remote Control\” remembered in this clip

And here’s a clip of the actual game show:


Rest in Peace

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