Veteran comedian Alonzo Bodden, who’s been much more visible to the masses ever since his 2004 foray into NBC’s Last Comic Standing – first as a contestant, then as a judge – is the co-host of a new show on the Travel Channel.
The show is called America’s Worst Drivers; and it premieres March 14; and it seems like pretty much what you’d expect from a show titled America’s Worst Drivers.
Here’s the deal: Alonzo and his co-host Jill Simonian travel to Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Boston, New York City and Miami to meet up with contestants that have been sold out by their friends and family as shitty drivers. Teams are pitted against each other to find out who the worst drivers of that city are by taking on real-life road driving tasks as well as a closed course that borrows equally from your worst DMV nightmare and Double Dare.
But the Travel Channel knows that watching people drive horribly may not be everyone’s idea of a fun television viewing experience. So they’ve wisely added the concept of destruction and explosions to the show. At the end of each episode, the pair crowned the “worst” drivers will watch their car be demolished. Here’s how that looks.
In the end, obviously, the show’s results are not what you’d describe as a definitive scientific study of which city has the crappiest drivers. But early “research” shows the folks in Miami are pretty bad behind the wheel. “I think Miami’s proud that they’re more aggressive than New York,” Bodden said while filming in Florida last September. “They’re looking up at New York and saying ‘Oh yeah? We’ll run you over,’ and proving it on a daily basis.”
You can check out another video preview of America’s Worst Drivers here.