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U-Pick Live
U-Pick Live logo

Upick live's logo
Genre Live Action
Created by various
Starring Brent Popolizio
Candace Bailey
Jeff Sutphen
Antonio Neves
Logan Sekulow
Tom Lamberth
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 401
Location(s) New York City
Running time 120 (counting commercials)
Original channel Nickelodeon
Original run October 14, 2002 (2002-10-14) – May 27, 2005 (2005-05-27)
Preceded by Slime Time Live
Followed by ME:TV
Related shows Nick in the Afternoon
Nickelodeon SPLAT!
External links
Official website

U-Pick Live is a program that aired on Nickelodeon from October 14, 2002 to May 27, 2005 on weekday afternoons from Nickelodeon Headquarters in New York City's Times Square. Starting at 5:00 p.m. EST to 7:00 p.m. EST. The show allowed viewers to pick via internet voting the Nickelodeon shows, usually cartoons, that would air. The hosts of the show also took part in sketches and gags, often including members of the studio audience and celebrity guests. Interviews with celebrity guests and musical performances were also frequent features.



  • Brent Popolizio as himself
  • Candace Bailey as herself
  • Jeff Sutphen as Pick Boy, a "Super Hero" that "picks" people from the audience. Pick Boy is egoistic yet naive. Pick Boy became a target to many polls at such as "What kind of hairstyle should Pick Boy Have?". Despite his popularity, Pick Boy was kicked-off the show when he was voted the most in a poll asking "Who should be kicked off from the show forever?" Pick Boy was brought back to the show next season. After U-Pick Live ended, Pick Boy made many appearances in ads, 2006-2007 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards, and ME:TV. He made an appearance at the Democratic National Convention in August 2008 for Nickelodeon's Kids Pick the President campaign.
  • Antonio Neves as himself (2002-2004), best known by fans on the show for playing the Nicktoon tapes and using extreme stunts to deliver the tape. He also appears as Antonio's Floating Head.
  • Garbagio as himself (2002-2004), best known by fans on the show for wrestling random objects (most notably, in a special episode entitled: "Milk and Cookies"). Wears a modified Mil Mascaras wrestling mask.
  • Tom Lamberth as Cow, a cow (Guy in a cow suit) that might just stand there and moo, or do various strange things.
  • Logan Sekulow played "Logan the Intern" on a number of the final season programs. He was best known for his dance off with Brent and he also sung with Brent on a number of skits. He has since starred in his own Christian-oriented talk show, The Logan Show.

Regular aspects

Activities and sketches

  • The Prize Wall -- A member of the studio audience picks one of 14 and 5/8 doors to try to get the Bucket of Bucks. All the other doors have other possible prizes behind them.
  • Candace's Corner -- Candace talks to the viewers about various subjects, though she is frequently interrupted by other members of the cast.
  • Brent and Candace go outside to Times Square to do various things picked online by viewers.
  • Boys vs. Girls - Brent and boys from the audience compete against Candace and girls from the audience in various, often messy, games. when the show was over for good the boys had won every episode!
  • Celebrity guests engage in a lightning-round style barrage of silly questions and commands from audience members. Acting silly with kids frequently takes celebrities off guard and brings out a side of them we don't typically see.
  • Ten Seconds with Brent -- What the title suggests. Normally, Brent would be cut off in the middle of an important sentence. Once, he got a "cookie-on-a-string" to distract the stagehand who managed the timer, successfully preventing him from starting it for about thirty seconds. On one occasion, he was given only three seconds.


  • Antonio delivering a tape of the chosen Nickelodeon show to where it apparently will be played.
  • Garbagio "wrestling" various objects.
  • Pick-Bot 2000, robotic co-host
  • Obstacle course races in the hallways of the studio.
  • Pick Boy runs through walls of shaving cream, bricks, etc
  • Mr. Chi Chi, chimpanzee attorney at law
  • Pantsing Candice. On one episode they had to cut to break as Candice's shorts came off revealing a red thong.
  • Sometimes during a cut-in after a commercial break, it would feature Brent in front of the camera talking with Candice behind him. While he was talking, his arms were wrapped behind Candice. Candice put her arms through his arm pits and she moved her arms to correspond to what he was saying. This is revealed after Brent is done explaining. Candice backs away quickly, revealing the illusion. This happened 5 or 6 times during the run of U pick. The First occurred on the thanksgiving special.


  • Best of U-Pick Live episodes aired occasionally, featuring highlights of previous shows.
  • Producers: Jonathan Judge, Mitchell Goldstein, Jeremy Slutskin
  • The series was directed by Joe Perota
  • Slime Time Live would often transfer viewers from STL to U-Pick Live near Slime Time Live's end.
  • Once there was a blizzard that came to New York and Slime Time Live was in charge of U-Pick Live for that particular day.
  • The Executive Producer of U-Pick Live was Richard Barry.
  • Sheldon Shellstein from the Shiny Shoop Shoop Show was a regular guest star

Former Schedule

The first U-Pick Live logo used October 14, 2002 - Friday, June 18, 2004.

Season 2 Launch Schedule (Started: Monday, October 6, 2003)

5:00PM SpongeBob SquarePants
5:30PM UPICK the Shows (3 choices)
6:00PM UPICK (Head2Head, 2 choices)
6:30PM Hey Arnold!

Big June 2004 (Started: Monday, June 7, 2004) U-Pick Live Big June

5:00PM SpongeBob SquarePants
5:30PM UPICK Old School (3 choices, Nick classics), lasted one week then replaced by Danny Phantom on 6/14/04
6:00PM UPICK School's Out Pick (school's choice)
6:30PM Nicktoon Premiere (each day)

Season 3 Launch Schedule (Started: Monday, October 4, 2004)

5:00PM SpongeBob SquarePants
5:30PM UPICK the Shows (3 choices)
6:00PM Hey Arnold!
6:30PM Rugrats

Final Day Schedule (Friday, May 27, 2005)

5:00PM SpongeBob SquarePants
5:30PM Martin Mystery
6:00PM Jimmy Neutron (New episode)
6:30PM UPICK the Shows (Choices were: Neutron, SpongeBob and Rugrats -- SpongeBob won)

Notable episodes

  • (October 14, 2002) Series Premiere.
  • (February 21, 2003) Garbagio wrestles cookies and milk and loses.
  • (February 28, 2003) A rematch was done to see if Garbagio could beat the cookies and milk then.
  • (June 2004) An episode focusing on fictional band The Pickles, made up of the cast members, and their history in documentary form.
  • (June 2004) Jeff Probst of the reality show Survivor presides over a U-Pick Survivor episode. Pick Boy is voted off the show, but is later voted back on.
  • (April 2005) U-Pick debuts its virtual lounger, a new segment in which a viewer attends the show via internet video conferencing
  • (April 2005) Instagram debuts. A new segment in which one home viewer gets to determine the outcome of a live segment on air.
  • (April 2005) Sheldon Shellstein from the Shiny Shoop Shoop Show makes a famed guest appearance in which he launches the catch phrase "I'm not your sister"
  • (May 27, 2005) The U-Pick gang celebrates their 401st episode. This was the last episode.

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