Fairfield’s own Steve Heinrich has had a successful career in the video game industry, but he’s gone on to do a whole lot more. A few of his career highlights include working as a writer on the ABC-TV game show “You Don’t Know Jack.”
Heinrich also directed Regis Philbin in the original PC game version of “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.” He has written more than 20 children’s books for properties including SpongeBob SquarePants, as well as numerous Disney film adaptations. In addition to performing across the country with his own game show, “Game Show Nite,” he has also just released two new party games, which are available in time for the holidays, called “DUH” and “Blank It.”
“There’s people that I graduated with who have gone on to be in the arts as well. (Mentors like Jim and Pat Davis) let us think that we could do it, that you could make a living in the arts, and that’s what a lot of us did,” said Heinrich.
Guests will have an opportunity to be on the show Heinrich created and win prizes as “Game Show Nite” comes to the Fairfield Community Arts Center on Saturday, Oct. 27, at 8 p.m.
“We’re excited about the evening. First of all, it is a real game show. Contestants will be pulled out of the audience, brought up onto the game show set, and they will have options to compete to win prizes,” said David Sheldrick, marketing specialist for Fairfield Parks & Recreation.
He said about 15 audience members will have a chance to participate. There’s even an opportunity to spin the wheel. Between rounds, Heinrich will go out into the audience, so there will be additional opportunities for people in the audience to win prizes. This is the first time “Game Show Nite” will debut in the Cincinnati area.
Heinrich was born in Hamilton and graduated from Fairfield High School in 1990. He went on to graduate from Miami University in 1994 with a degree in speech communications.
“I moved to Chicago not long after I graduated from Miami. I’ve spent much of my career working for a video game company. We made trivia games, and made a lot of game-show style games like ‘You Don’t Know Jack,’ which was one of the big ones we did and ‘Quiplash.’ I left there a few years ago to start my own business, which is the game show,” said Heinrich, who founded Game Show Nite Productions in 2016. (www.gameshownite.com.)
In addition to the live, game-show style events, he said the company does shows for corporate events, holiday parties and annual meetings.
“We try to make it fun. It’s not just one type of question, we have all different types of questions, challenges and video puzzles. So, we try to mix it up and make it entertaining for the people who are on stage as well as for the people who are in the crowd, too,” Heinrich said.
Audience members will have a choice when they walk in, if they want to enter their name for a chance to be called on stage as a contestant, or if they only want to be a spectator. The show is just as enjoyable for spectators, and the host does interact with the crowd during the show. Guests don’t have to enter their name if they would rather not be called up on stage.