'Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host': D.L. Hughley, Michael Ian Black dress to impress while lying to contestants

Game show hosts often feel like TV's version of used-car salesmen. They're expected to be overly chummy, and their wardrobes are never quite as nice as those of network news anchors or actors.

TBS' "Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host," premiering Tuesday, Oct. 22, plays with that vibe and makes a fun show out of it. Hosts D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black each tell a contestant lies and try to persuade the player to side with him.

The hosts ad-lib much of the show, and it's funnier than a lot of sitcoms, never mind game shows. Besides the more relaxed atmosphere, the comedians also dress a little differently from most game show hosts.

"We spent a fair amount of time of going through clothes and picking clothes that would work for me and not step on what D.L. was wearing," Black tells Zap2it.

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Though the outfits were selected for the comedians, Hughley says he genuinely liked the clothes, including the crisp white slacks paired with the black blazer with white piping.

Hughley, a sharp dresser, says, "I like to look like I am going to work. I like the idea of the entertainers I grew up watching. There was a line of demarcation. If you look like you are walking in, it's not as interesting as if you are there to perform a service."

He hearkens back to the men of the Rat Pack for that sharpness.

"There was a delivery system," Hughley says. "That is what style is. If I am going to hang out, I look like I am going to hang out. If I am going to dinner, I look like I am going out to dinner."

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"I know that I like British style, tight suits that fit well and are postmodern and classic at the same time," Black says. There was some debate over whether he should go without a tie. "We wanted to present a more slightly contemporary look," Black says. "I wanted to look like (former Iranian) President Ahmadinejad."

Hughley spices up a dark suit with a lavender shirt and bow tie, which he volunteers he knows how to tie. He was headed to a function and needed it done, though he was unsure of how, so Hughley did what everyone does to find the answer for everything - he Googled it.

He wears a beaded bracelet of icons, which he changes depending on which saint corresponds with what he is doing.

"I was not in favor of mismatched ­-- the blazer and different-colored pants," Black says. "I was talked into it by the wardrobe department. I am a little conservative in my dress. I think I was afraid of looking like I belonged in a country club, I didn't want to look moneyed, and I didn't want to look like a snob or like Thurston Howell. I thought it looked really nice."
Photo/Video credit: TBS