From the Creators of Off The Boss!: A Survival Manual
comes the show that offers the chance to share the ultimate
wish-fulfillment of a lifetime:
to Tell Off Your Boss on
without getting fired!
OFF THE BOSS! is a reality/game show
which gives every working American the chance to share the ultimate
wish-fulfillment of a lifetime: to tell off their boss on national
OFF THE BOSS!, the Television Series, pits
employees going head to head, proving to a panel of celebrity “Experts”
that they are indeed most worthy and deserving of the opportunity to
tell off their boss in front of millions.
The across-the-board demographic success of the book and website has
proven that displeasure over ones’ boss has no social, economic,
educational or geographic boundaries. From the lowliest stock boy to the
Chief of Staff of brain surgery, the desire to talk about, complain
about, and let off steam about ones’ boss is universal and constant
(since, after all, everyone has a boss!).
Because each day at work brings us new “horror stories” of bonehead
Boss-dom, this frustration is forever replenished, with little to
relieve it. Which obviously means that out there lies a massive
ready-made audience for just this kind of much needed release!
Imagine... coming home from your job, freshly beaten down by your idiot
boss... only to turn on the TV to hear similar “war” stories that you
can completely identify with... from people just like you!
Then imagine sharing in the satisfaction and fun of one lucky employee
getting to “Off the Boss”!... just as you would if given this amazing
OFF THE BOSS! is a high energy and highly visual show. In order to
create a new and intriguing style -- and to make the ever intensifying
tension and suspense of the final “offing” a heatedly anticipated
event... the Boss, befitting their godlike mentality, will be situated
offstage and shown on a massive background TV screen, seen but not heard
through Rounds One and Two .
Picture the autonomous head of the “Wizard of Oz” when he demands the
Wicked Witch’s broom (and “pay no attention to the man behind the
The Boss will be able to hear his employees, but not comment, until the
last Round… therefore giving them that “omniscient” presence that we
love to hate in our own bosses.
In other words -- keeping them apart from their employees, and only
allowing them to come face-to-face at the moment of the final “offing”
gives us the grandest of finales... along with a bit of exalted
“showmanship” to boot!
Our Host and our Panel with a trenchant and free spirited attitude will
have the ability, to fan the flames of bosses and employees alike,
showing no mercy to either side!
THE OFF THE BOSS!
Book-ending commercial breaks will be fun (and informative) OFF THE
BOSS! themed “sound-bites” and “wraparounds”. Besides a behind the
scenes look at just where these employees and their Boss work, live and
“play”; we will have quick clips with others in the Boss/Employee
Company, combined with wonderfully irreverent jabs, multi-media “Gotchas!”,
“Pop-Ups”, outrageous graphics, employer “Dirty Little Secrets”, “Basic
Truths” and some very helpful “Escape Outlets”, excerpted from our
best-selling book, all aimed at releasing those relentless tensions and
frustrations heaped upon us by those brain-dead cheddar-heads we call
The “Contestants” of OFF THE BOSS! will be culled from the virtually
limitless resource of America’s workplace.
The Bosses will be selected for their ability to defend themselves, for
their “we love to hate ‘em” demeanor, and for their evil naturedness.
The Employees will be selected based on their ability to express volumes
of pent-up “emotions” against their Boss and for their competitive
nature, since in a sense they will be competing against their
compatriots for the honor of “offing” their boss! It is important that
we care and relate to each employee, so, in order to give them a strong
identity we will search for one particularly unusual or interesting
complaint they have against their boss, and will focus on and explore
that specific gripe throughout the show.
THE “SWEARING IN” and
Each show will begin with a dramatic “swearing in ceremony” where the
Boss, looming ever omnipotent on a massive background screen, vows under
oath that no matter what transpires during the next half hour -- that
they will NOT fire the Employees involved.
We will then be introduced to our host and our Panel of celebrity
“Experts”. The Panel will consist of celebs known for their quick wit,
fun demeanor and everyman quality (i.e. Jeff Foxworthy, Dennis Leary,
Dane Cook, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Lily Tomlin, Rita Rudner, Tim
Allen, Frank Caliendo, Megan Mullaly, Ray Ramano, Drew Carrey, Lisa
Kudrow, Jason Alexander, Sean Hayes, etc.) or celebrities known for
their “intimidating nature”, or association with having played a boss on
TV or in the movies (i.e., Danny DiVito, John O’Hurley, Vanessa
Williams, Steve Carell, Dabney Coleman, Martin Mull, William Shatner,
Gordon Ramsey, Chandra Wilson, Tyra Banks, Ted Dansen, Bob Kelso, Vince
McMahon, George Steinbrenner, etc.).
Next we’ll meet our three competing Employees. The Employees will be
given a short “background”, and have the chance to make an opening
statement, as to their specific complaint against their Boss... the more
“dramatic” the better.
ROUND ONE: ladies and
gentlemen, start your engines!!
The Employees are then afforded the opportunity to vent, one at a time,
their complaints and pet peeves about their Boss. We’re able to view the
Boss’s offstage reaction to this via our massive background screen and
although they’re able to squirm over what’s being said about them,
they’re not able to confront their workers directly (at least not yet...
but just you wait)!
This indirect communication fans the flames that are already burning,
and only intensifies the desire of each Employee to have the ability to
off their Boss at the finale.
Since the Employees are also competing against each other, they are
allowed, if not outright encouraged by the Host to pick apart each
other. This also allows the panel to load up on their own ammunition, as
we begin to see “cracks” form in some of the employee’s statements, and
are informed that they better turn up the volume, since two of them will
go down for the count in round two.
ROUND TWO: THE panel
gets the goods!
The Panel gets involved and is able to ask questions of the Employees
based on what they’ve heard in Round One, peppered with their own
surprise questions, meant to shock, shake up and deflate or legitimize
the employees’ complaints. These “shockers” are culled from interviews
with the employees’ family, friends (and enemies), and fellow
employees... questions that are also meant to tear holes in their
stories of “woe” against their Boss. Who is really telling the truth,
and who is just one of those co-workers we all have known and loathed,
who just seem to always complain and cast themselves as “terminal
victims”? Only the tried and true can survive this grilling... which is
the way we want it.
Things really heat up as the panel feed the animosities to try and
determine which Employee truly has the biggest gripe against their boss.
It becomes a verbal free-for-all, as the Employees, the Host, the Panel,
and even the audience (who will naturally include other Employees from
the same company with their own axes to grind against both the Boss and
the three Employee Contestants) have the chance, in pure “Grand Jury”
style, to “nail” each Employee as to the accuracy and validity of the
charges and counter-charges they are making.
Round Two ends with a bang as each Employee is allowed a closing
statement against their Boss, and the Panel mulls over which Employee is
“Most Deserving” of a chance to try and “Off The Boss”. When we come
back from the break, the panel will reveal which Employee gets to do the
“OFFING THE BOSS!”
And now... the moment everyone’s been waiting for...
Round three begins with the panel revealing which employee they feel is
most worthy of a chance to OFF THE BOSS! The chosen employee, now known
as “The Offer”, is then “prepared for the offing”, while the Boss
descends from their position as a lofty “Video Presence” and, for the
first time, enters the studio.
The Boss’s entrance is treated with great “Olympic” fanfare. Much like a
Gladiator coming into the arena to face his enemy... and not unlike
modern day wrestlers, they strut through the cheering and jeering crowds
towards the “ring” for their own head-to-head confrontation.
As the Boss makes their way to the stage... on the background screen
they once occupied, we will see a quick, highly charged, tongue-in-cheek
“A&E Biography” style profile of the Boss, expounding briefly on their
journey from birth to “Boss-dom”... all to further personalize the boss
and heighten the pending “moment of truth”.
The lucky “winning” Employee is at last able to confront their Boss
face-to-face for the first time.
The Employee is given a chance to use any and all verbal pyrotechnics
(shy of any physical contact!) to say everything they always wanted to
say to their boss... to blow up and let loose that pent-up “dam” of
anger, frustration and rage. The Employee is given a one minute
“Anything Goes” Period to let loose.
The Employee is not the only voice during the offing, for their Boss can
answer back with their own sharp comebacks against the attack. In
addition, the Host, Panel and audience can goad, cheer on or even taunt
either the Boss or Employee, depending on who they think is getting the
better or worst of the “offing”. This is all meant to encourage the
“Offer” to give their all!
And they’d better give it their all!! For after the “offing”, it is the
audience (and perhaps even Internet voting) who will decide if the
chosen employee has indeed successfully “offed” their boss. If they do
vote “thumbs up”, then the employee not only wins the glory of the
“offing”, but they also win a magnificent OFFED THE BOSS! Belt, the
glory of their fellow employee’s, and the world at large… and a paid
vacation!. They also are placed in contention for the “Ultimate Offing”,
to come back to find the greatest Offer of the year!
On the other hand, if the audience votes against the Employee’s
“offing”, the Employee not only has to face the humiliation of blowing
their once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, but the Boss wins the cash
equivalent of the paid vacation! And of course, probably best of all,
the enormous ego gratification that their Employee “whimped out” and
couldn’t “off” them.
Of course, the “after effect” of each show is the next day’s buzz around
the country at the ‘ol office “water cooler”. Everyone viewer will have
their own particular take on what they would have said if given the
chance to “Off” their own boss... and no doubt have an opinion about
whether yesterday’s “Offer” deserved their fate, and of course, if they
will indeed manage to keep their job -- even though their boss has sworn
under oath not to fire them… after all, who among us truly trusts
everything our boss promises!
We live in a time of rampant job insecurity… where employees are made to
feel replaceable at the drop of a hat, and downright worthless. Our
“bosses” fearing for their own jobs, take little time to make their
employees feel needed, respected or valued for the work they do.
We all feel unappreciated... that we know more about our job than our
bosses ever will. We are shocked and angered at just who is picked to be
the boss in the first place. We are disgusted every time the boss takes
credit for the work that we do. We are generally underpaid, overworked,
and over-looked. The times we live in, are at best uncertain, and at
worse, down-right terrifying. A fear fueled by us feeling totally out of
control of our own lives. And we see no light at the end of the
tunnel... Hell, we don’t even know where the tunnel is! We all feel
there is no relief to this situation, and the feeling of being out of
control intensifies each day, from work, from the news we read, from the
lives we come home to… and in order to survive, we allow this
frustration to simmer and fester inside us for days, weeks... years at a
time, effecting our personal lives, our relationships, our very health.
OFF THE BOSS!, with its cutting-edge concept and identifiable humor
allows us all to not only laugh at our own predicament, but most
importantly, to make us realize we are not alone. It gives us our most
powerful daydream come true. The chance to take back a little dignity in
our lives... the chance to do more than just scream and vent our
frustrations alone in our cars sitting in rush hour traffic... but to
tell the nation just what we feel... to the person we most want to tell
that feels good!!
Remember now, we're
looking for ALL LEVELS of Employee/Bossdom:
From the supermarket cashier and their key carrier, to the
stock clerk and their supervisor, to the Bank Manger and the President...
all the way up to the CEO and the Board of Directors! Everyone has a boss...
so everyone qualifies!
If you think you could get your Boss and two fellow
employees to appear on our show and play our game, or if you're a boss who
prides them self on keeping your cool no matter what you're confronted with..
Please E-Mail us below for information regarding contestant
We look forward to hearing from you
Here're a few examples of the responses we've gotten so far:
Great idea! Yes, we would very
much be interested! Im one of the heads of the leasing committee for
a Chevrolet dealership in Los Angeles, and we go through lease reps like
peanuts here! I can easily think of at least four employees who work for
me, and have lasted more than a few months, who I would love to try and
off me! I know Id win the money. I jokingly spoke to some
of them last week, and its all they talk about now!
-- JD ô¿ô
We work for a Crating and Fine Arts Transportation
Company. Sounds really impressive... but were just a bunch of dust-movers.
And our boss is... well in a word... an asshole! And when we asked him if
hed come on a show like this... he said, sure! But without pay for
the time wed be there! Are you kidding?, we told him,
Wed PAY HIM to get a chance to fry his butt on TV! So,
you got us all, ready willing and able! -- MS/PN/AI/VP
You ready for this? How about
a Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgeon and his crew? Funny to
say, but I think we play your game every day here in the clinic!
Yes, if you can stomach it, me and some of my staff would be
game to give it a go! I mean... weve had lots of practice!
-- Dr. TC, M.D.
Okay, I know how this is going to sound... but
I work for a Pest Control Company in Norwalk, CA. And you got it... the only
pest I cant control is my boss, well actually the dispatcher, who is
technically my immediate boss, but he thinks hes top dog here. The
dog part is right. Oh yes, oh yes... please, please let us come on and control
him! I promise you hell come. Just tell him theres free food
and hes there. What a jerk! I cant wait! How many of us can come,
by the way and gang up on him? -- WB
We specialize in building custom
hogs, and because of that, I think thats why our boss likes to throw
mud around. Youd have a whole lot of employees hammering for this gig,
let me tell you! See, our Boss is the regional Harley rep, and he pisses
off some twenty stores in California alone! Thats a lot of hungry grease
monkeys that would like the chance to BBQ him! My friend Del talked
to the boss guy about this and he thought it was a joke, but if its
for real, he aint going to back down now!
-- Big Folsey
This is perfect for us! Were a Court
Reporting Company, and it sounds to me like your show is a kangaroo
court if I ever heard one. I think it would be fun to go on with my
reporters. Im the Boss, and although I think Im a nice gal...
Ill just bet they could throw me through some hoops. Hey, Im
no dummy! I dont like to look stupid... but, you see, I know I can
hold my own through any hoops they throw at me (I took
gymnastics in high school!), and it would teach them a good lesson
to see just what I can take... and what I can give! -- Ms. KR