Ken Ober, Host Of MTV “Remote Control,” Dies
Ken Ober, whose MTV game show Remote Control was among the network’s first forays into non-music programming, died Sunday, Newsday reports. He was 52.
Ober’s agent of 20 years, Mark Measures, says the comedian/TV producer was found dead at his home in Los Angeles over the weekend. No cause of death was immediately known. Measures said that the comedian was last heard from on Saturday night, when he spoke to a friend and complained of a headache and flu-like symptoms. Ober told the friend that he was going to take something and would see a doctor as soon as possible.
Ober hosted five seasons of Remote Control, a pop-culture quiz show that featured contestants strapped into easy chairs to answer trivia questions. The show first aired in 1987 and helped launch the careers of comedians Adam Sandler, Denis Leary and Colin Quinn.