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The original host of Man v Food, Adam Richman, appeared on First We Feast's "Hot Ones" youtube series in which guests eat spicy wings.
A 1961 cartoon in which Popeye and Wimpy face off in a burger eating contest to win the affection of Olive Oyl has been uploaded to youtube.
"Battle of the Buffets" a 2003 event recorded in Las Vegas televised on the Travel Channel has been uploaded to youtube. Competitors include Eric "Badlands" Booker, Rich and Carlene LeFevre and Ed "Cookie" Jarvis.
The owner of Tony Luke's, Anthony Lucidonio Sr., was indicted for tax fraud. The south Philadelphia restaurant was famed for its cheesesteak challenge and appeared on an episode of Man v. Food.
Molly Schuyler is the subject of a documentary on topic.com which includes footage of her breakfast taco record at Juan in a Million and victory at the La Costena jalapeno eating contest in Laredo, TX.
According to ratings announced today, 966,000 viewers watched Saturday's broadcast of the Nathan's finals on ESPN. Despite that number being the lowest since 2005 (860,000), it was the top rated original cable program for the day. The official rating was 0.32, down from 0.55 in 2019.
Inspired by Aretha Franklin's scene in "The Blues Brothers", Geoff Esper attempted to eat 4 fried chickens, toast and a Coke in a recent video.

2020 Nathan’s finals to be held without fans

updateMiki Sudo recorded a video about the contest. She says (around 3:00) that the field will not be selected solely on MLE ranking but that geographic location and media availability will also be considered.

A press release (screen capture) announces that the July 4, 2020 Nathan’s Famous hot dog eating contest will be held without fans at an undisclosed Coney Island location. Five men and five women will compete; defending champions Joey Chestnut and Miki Sudo are the only listed competitors. ESPN will televise the contest at noon Eastern with Mike Golic, Jr. replacing Adam Amin as commentator. The women’s division will be broadcast on ESPN or ESPN2 for the first time with a starting time of 12:20 pm. The Wall Street Journal has a paywalled article.

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Backstage.com “Woman vs Food” casting call

Backstage.com has posted a casting call for a “Woman vs. Food” (age 26-45) network television show. The role has the following description:

We are looking for a food-loving comedian to host a major network show, specifically someone who has a passion for food and can eat LARGE quantities of it! We want a lady who can keep up with the boys when it comes to consuming large quantities of food. The whole burger, plus seconds. An adventurous eater not afraid to try new and exciting foods. Cannot have food allergies. Bonus if this person has a background in food, whether that be in the industry (server/bartender/ hostess/cook) or simply, someone who knows their way around a kitchen!”

**** Please ONLY apply if you can really eat a ton!! Think: Man vs Food level of eating all day and then doing a food challenge ***

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The episode of ESPN's Cheap Seats in which the Sklar brothers commentate on the telecast of the 2004 Nathan's Famous finals can be viewed on youtube.
Matt Stonie appeared on Mornings with Maria (Bartiromo) on Fox Business today to talk about his youtube channel and recent Donut Day video. Neither his recent signing with Night Media nor the 2020 Nathan's Famous hot dog eating contest were discussed.
The July 4 schedule for the ESPN family of networks is now available, and the 2020 Nathan's finals are not currently listed. ESPN's schedule for noon Eastern has "Great American Events", which could be a placeholder for the competition.
Kate Ovens appearance on a 2016 episode of Comedy Central's Tosh.0 can be viewed on youtube.
The ill-fated pie eating contest in "Stand By Me" makes Broadway World's list of top 101 movie scenes of all time.
https://www.instagram.com/hotdogeatingshort/ has released a trailer for an upcoming short cartoon about competitive eating.
The Owensboro Times has an article about Bartley Weaver, IV competing in the Titan Games. The second season of the series produced and hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will premier tonight on NBC.

Ed Helms on “The Office” Beach Games episode

CheatSheet.com has a post about actor Ed Helms’ memories of filming the “Beach Games” episode for the sitcom The Office. He shares this story about the hot dog eating competition:

“What I remember is eating tons of hot dogs and spitting them into a bucket,” Helms recalled. “For me, the act of spitting chewed food out of my mouth activates my gag reflex. It was so upsetting.”

The Office star described the nauseating visual that came along with putting the scene together. “The worst part is the prop folks are walking around with a big plastic bucket and like four people are spitting into it. You have to spit out, but you’re looking at other people [doing the same thing]. It’s just disgusting.”

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Kentucky.com has a profile of Bartley Weaver, IV, who will compete in NBC's Titan Games. He hopes to be the first person to have professional status in bodybuilding and competitive eating.
WNKY.com has an article about Bartley Weaver IV competing in "The Titan Games" on NBC. The series will debut May 25 and be hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.
The Sklar brothers posted a clip about Dale Boone from the 2005 Alka Seltzer US Open of Competitive Eating that was originally used in their "Cheap Seats" program.

Competitive eating musical documentary screening June 3

Crow’s Theatre in Leslieville, ON will show “CHEW: A Gastronomical Musical Odyssey into the Strange World of Competitive Eating” on June 3. The documentary will be screened online and tickets will include a home-delivered meal. The film has the following description:

As one competitor puts it: “It’s like a standing-still parade. We just happen to be eating food.” Over the course of several years, Montreal playwright Sarah Segal-Lazar interviewed dozens of competitive eaters in Canada and the States to figure out what drives them to stretch their stomachs beyond comprehension. Inspired by London Road and A Chorus Line, co-creators Segal-Lazar, Anika Johnson and Andrew Kushnir have discovered the ideal container for the excesses of the sport: a musical. Chew takes documentary theatre to new places, and competitive eating to new limits. Whether it’s tucking away tamales in Texas or pulverising pretzels in Providence, the reasons we do unreasonable things can be most surprising of all.

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The New York Post reports that Adam Amin, who has been a commentator for ESPN on recent Nathan's Famous finals, will be leaving for Fox Sports.
The 2006 Krystal Square Off will be replayed on ESPN at 1:30 pm Eastern on May 2.
George Chiger and Joel Hansen briefly appeared on Saturday's "Melissa Seals the Deal" sketch on Saturday Night Live around the 2 minute mark. (Original video by Joel Hansen of a 151 ounce milkshake challenge at the Lunchbox in Staten Island).
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