Local family appears on ‘Family Feud’
An appearance on “Family Feud” has a group of cousins looking for more ways to partner and share experiences.
CHESTERBROOK >> An appearance on “Family Feud” has one group of cousins looking for more ways to partner and share experiences.
The Philadelphia area family appeared on “Family Feud” Wednesday (Oct. 26) at 7:30 p.m. on the CW Philly channel, said Julie Abraham. Abraham, 36, of Chesterbrook, her sister, Jamie Varghese, 33, of Bethpage, N.Y., cousins Jesu Philip, 30, Dhanya Varughese, 24, and Danny Varughese, 21, all of Philadelphia, heard on social media in January that the game show was having tryouts in Philadelphia and decided to give it a go, said Abraham. They submitted an application with photos and a video they made “not expecting much,” she said. But they found out that they were one of 700 families selected to audition at the Convention Center in Philadelphia at the end of January. It was funny to see so many family groups wearing color coordinated clothing, she said. Her family chose blue and yellow togs.
“We auditioned and thought we did pretty well,” she said. “We chalked it up to a good experience.” Then they were thrilled to discover they’d been selected to go to Atlanta for a taping to possibly appear on the game show, which premiered in July 1976.
“Growing up we always watched ‘Family Feud’,” said Abraham. “We were saying, regardless of what happened, it was an amazing bonding experience.” At the studio they met the producers and host Steve Harvey, who she said was “fabulous.”
“We all think he’s a super funny comedian,” said Abraham. It was interesting to see what goes on behind the scenes at a television show, she said. But being on the show, which pits one fivemember family against another for money and prizes, was harder than you might expect, she said.
“It was hard,” said Abraham. “When you’re at home and sitting in your living room, in the comfort of your own space” (you second guess contestants), saying “they should have said that. But it’s a completely different experience in front of the cameras, with an audience there and being in the presence of Steve Harvey. There are so many elements. It’s actually harder to play (on TV) than in the comfort of your living room.” The taping took at least an hour, she said. “There were a lot of good, funny moments we experienced there,” said Abraham.
Abraham, a software engineer, runs marathons in her spare time and is a member of the Fast Tracks running club in Valley Forge. She and her sister, Jamie Varghese, grew up in Cinnaminson, N.J. Varghese is married, the mother of two children and likes to cook.
Philip works as an executive recruiter, paints and likes to explore the city and try new restaurants.
Dhanya Varughese is a student at Liberty University pursuing a master’s degree in human services and life coaching. She would like to work with children eventually and loves live music. Danny Varughese is a senior at Temple University pursing his bachelor’s in adult organizational development. He is also a songwriter and guitar player who performs in the Philadelphia area.
The family, except for Varghese, will watch the show together at the Cherry Street Tavern in Philadelphia.
“We really feel like we’ve bonded,” said Abraham. “It gives us a greater love for each other.” They hope to undertake another project together. “The fact that we were able to successfully do this, I feel like we can do something together,” she said.
From left, Jesu Philip, Jamie Varghese, Julie Abraham, Steve Harvey, Dhanya Varughese and Danny Varughese on “Family Feud.”