I have a successful career in Hollywood as a writer and producer on game shows. I specialize in writing game show questions. I always try to inject a little humor into the questions whenever I can.
Some TV shows I've worked on: Jeopardy!, Wheel of Fortune, Cash Cab, Survivor, Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader, Hollywood Squares, Street Smarts, Win Ben Stein's Money, 1 vs. 100, Repo Games, Hip Hop Squares, The American Bible Challenge.
I have been nominated for three Emmy Awards for writing on the game shows "Jeopardy!" and "Win Ben Stein's Money."
My newest show. I was a producer on "The American Bible Challenge," hosted by Jeff Foxworthy. Don't let the subject matter fool you. The show is quite modern and funny! It airs Thursday nights on GSN, the Game Show Network. (It debuts August 23 and airs Thursdays through mid-October.)
I was a producer on the MTV2 game show "Hip Hop Squares" which began airing in May 2012. It's a hip-hop version of the classic game show "Hollywood Squares." New episodes are expected in the fall.
I named my band the Happy Chinchillas based on an episode of the 1980s sitcom "The Jeffersons." In the episode, the lead character George is annoyed with some drunks from a convention of chinchilla breeders. The drunks put a fuzzy hat on George's head and tell him to be a "happy chinchilla."
My nickname is "Pak-man" or "the Pak-man," based on my last name Hopak. That's Pak-man with a K, not a C like the video game.
My "Titanic" lead vocalist Dana Shaw is a friend of mine who is a singer and actress in Hollywood. Her website is danashaw.com.
My songs are available for free download at RyanHopak.com.
I worked on the reality show "Survivor" creating stunt challenges for contestants. After working on the show, I recorded a song about "Survivor" called "Tribal Council." It was a parody of "Smooth" by Santana featuring Rob Thomas.