Jameela Jamil Says ‘The Misery Index’ Will ‘Provoke a Lot of Conversations’
In each episode, two contestants try to make it to the final round to win up to $30,000 by guessing how a team of therapists ranked cringeworthy real-life experiences — like a city councilman leaving his mic on when he uses the restroom during a meeting — on their Misery Index.
The scale from 1 to 100 factors in physical pain, emotional trauma and long-term psychological impact. Members of the Tenderloins comedy troupe, the stars of truTV’s Impractical Jokers, advise the players.
Jamil recommends watching with a group. “It provokes a lot of conversations and arguments, because you’re deciding which things are worse. It’s quite a cool way to find out if the people you’re friends with are sociopaths,” she says.
While most incidents are comically bad, some require a strong stomach, such as seeing a subject have a decades-old zit popped. “That was the closest I came to throwing up on set,” Jamil says. “I apologize in advance.”
The Misery Index, Series Premiere, Tuesday, October 22, 10/9c, TBS