Kal Penn Set To Host The Discovery Channel’s “The Big Brain Theory”

Kal Penn

NY Daily News

Harold & Kumar star Kal Penn will host a new competition series on The Discovery Channel looking for America’s next great innovator. Penn, who most recently had a stint as a White House liason, said that his wide array of interest also includes education and science.

“It’s awesome to be part of such an exciting new series for Discovery Channel that celebrates all the amazing things our generation can do through creative thinking, the arts and STEM – science, technology, engineering and math,” Penn said in press release for the show.

Challenges the contestants will face this season range from creating a machine that can cook and arrange a meal for a group of famished tourists near the Santa Monica Pier to constructing a robot capable of competing in three different athletic events. Judges, including CEO of WET Mark Fuller, will determine the two strongest engineering concepts based on logic and design. The shows winner will take home $50,000 and a one-year contract with WET.

“Creating a competition series that brings together both an educational opportunity and remarkable inventions by ‘regular’ people was something we’ve wanted to do for a long time,” said series executive producer, Craig Piligian. Teaming with Mark Fuller, the leader of his industry, created the perfect partnership to make this happen.”

The Big Brain Theory: Pure Genius is set to premiere on May 1 at 10/9c.