Cake's John McCrea Solicits Help For Potential Game Show

Cake lead singer and guitarist John McCrea is attempting to launch a new internet and TV game show, and he's asking for your help.

McCrea has been kicking around the concept for the program for the last few months on postings to Cake's official website. Now the singer is apparently getting serious about developing the program, which would combine elements of round-table discussion shows such as "Politically Incorrect" and "The McLaughlin Group" with the celebrity-judged contests of "The Gong Show."

The program, dubbed "Freedom of Speech," is envisioned as two contestants openly discussing and debating a weekly topic in front of a panel of judges. A judge could elect to "censor" the speaker if he or she became bored, offended, or even slightly annoyed.

The contestant would not immediately lose the right to speak, however. According to the premise, the individual's microphone would not be turned off unless he or she lost the "public's support" via an internet poll that would

be conducted throughout the broadcast.

A full description of "Freedom of Speech" can be found at www.speechsite.com.

To help kick off the show, McCrea is asking fans to help brainstorm topics by sending him one- to two-minute videotaped speeches expressing opinions on any and all subject matter.

To help fuel interest in submission, the Cake singer has agreed to give away the parking enforcement jacket he wore in the video for "I Will Survive" to what he considers to be the best videotaped speech out of the first 76 entries.

Videotapes should be sent to: Freedom of Speech, 3104 "O" Street, Box 109, Sacramento, CA, 95816. But be warned, all submitted materials and videotapes become property of the show.

In more music-related matters, Cake will start the European leg of its current tour on Friday with a concert in London.