Seth Meyers wins with Fake or Florida game show on 'Late Night'

Seth Meyers struck comedy gold on "Late Night" Wednesday with Fake or Florida, a game-show spoof that's certain to become a recurring hit with his new audience. 

"Whenever I run across a news story that's particularly bizarre, it's almost always something that happened in Florida," he explained to the studio 8G audience. "I would swear sometimes they're made up; it's hard to tell the difference right?"

Three contestants were recruited to see if they could tell the difference between Sunshine State fact and fiction when Meyers read a news story. Instead of traditional bells and buzzers, correct answers heard "the sound of a retiree winning a bingo game"; wrong responses got a "pageant mom yelling at her 4-year-old" ("Amber, no!"). 

Because one of the inaugural contestants was from Florida, she was obliged to wear a "handicap" blindfold (which looked more like a strapless push-up bra) delivered by Cassandra, the loopy, camera-hogging hostess. 

How+soon+til+Cassandra+gets+her+own+show?+#hilarious+#LNSM+@LateNightSeth

—+Mike+Lindsay+(@mookatron)+February+27,+2014

In a nod to Florida's cherished sea cows, correct answers were awarded with Manatee Points: adorable figures on scoring pegs. 

Kinda+would+do+anything+for+a+manatee+point+right+now+#LateNightSeth+#LNSM+@sethmeyers

—+April+Moore+(@ape4real)+February+27,+2014

Of all the bizarre stories Meyers read to the contestants, one was almost impossible to believe: "A teacher in Volusia County told her class that the white part of a candy cane represents Jesus, because Jesus is white." But contestant Jason scored his first manatee by correctly answering "Florida." 

This well won't be running dry anytime soon, as many people — especially good-humored Floridians — tweeted when Fake or Florida was trending late Wednesday night. 

Fake+or+Florida+has+an+endless+supply+of+weird+news+stories.

—+jamie++(@gnuman1979)+February+27,+2014


For the final round — announced by "the sound of a raccoon pushing a satellite dish off a carport"— the contestants were forced to don Mickey Mouse gloves to record their answers. The two non-Floridians tied for first place, taking home full-size Florida state flags ("perfect for covering up a hole in your drywall"). Poor "hometown girl" Amanda "did the worst of everyone," Meyers declared mercilessly, "a perfect Florida ending."

"Fake+or+Florida"+is+the+weirdest,+funniest+game+ever.+And+the+prizes+are+fantastic!+#newfavoritegame+#LNSM

—+Mollie+Mellendick+(@Mollie825)+February+27,+2014+

Hopefully, this is just the beginning of Fake or Florida for its new "Late Night" fans.

Fake+or+Florida+on+@LateNightSeth+is+the+greatest+game+in+late+night+history!

—+Micajah+Henley+(@MicajahHenley)+February+27,+2014+


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