By Tom Gliatto Cynthia Wang
June 08, 2009 12:00 PM

>The keeper of the silver briefcases will emcee the inaugural Game Show Awards, airing June 6 on GSN. “They are part of the fabric of our culture,” says Mandel, 53. “You can hum the theme from Jeopardy! and everyone knows what you are talking about.” The comedian, who will give out cash and prizes at the ceremony, talks about the game shows he thinks are winners.

TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES My foray into watching game shows. Bob Barker was the king of cool and funny. I laughed and played along.

LET’S MAKE A DEAL No real skill involved! Dressing up like a goofball and packing bizarre things in your pants— it was entertaining.

WHEEL OF FORTUNE I can’t tell you how many hours as a child I spent playing Hangman, and it became this huge international show.

SURVIVOR It’s the granddaddy of them all as far as reality. Its concept is simple because ultimately in a game, you just want to survive.

WHO WANTS TO BE A MILLIONAIRE The show has personality and humor, and it took it to another level. Plus, I am a huge Regis fan.