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Gong Show

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In 1976, what has to be the 2nd most bizarre televised idea of the decade (see "$1. 98 Beauty Contest" for the 1st!), hit the airwaves!! . . and the second half of the Super Seventies was never more hilariously silly and insane!

Chuck Barris (also known as "Chuckie Baby!" ) hosted this seemingly never ending parade of no-talent wonders! Although, the only legitimate act to come from this version was R&B/Disco singer Cheryl Lynn who had the 1979 hit "Got To Be Real". To be brief, it seemed that people would stop at "nearly" nothing to be on the show and get their moment in the spotlight (no matter how embarassing. )

This is the original 15 minutes of fame showcase, not just for real contestants but for semi-regulars like, "The Unknown Comic", a stand up who wore a paper bag over his head and had a lousy act. "Mean Gene The Dancing Machine", a member of the show's crew.

Then there's the panelists like Jamie Farr of MASH, 1950's singer Jaye P. Morgan and a few other Hollywood semi-notables, who were required to take a mallet and hit a giant Gong behind them for the acts that really were bad. (Mostly gonging off key singers!!) On one show, one of them was actually picked up and used to hit the gong!! All the while Chuck Barris served as the MC with the party-clown attitude.

One of his funniest moments is when a woman is singing "You'll Never Walk Alone" and he comes out on crutches and allegedly becomes so inspired by the song, he tosses them aside and attempts to walk! Only to fall on his face! By 1980, he's stated, he'd had more than enough and just walked out in the middle of production! Also, not long after, there was a "Gong Show Movie", supposedly telling of his nervous breakdown and about the show behind the scenes. The late Awesome80s "Gong Show was nowhere as funny but they did launch the one-hit wonder group Green Jello (later changed to Jelly when the folks at General Foods threatened to sue. ) Their hit? "Three Little Pigs" in 1993.

I recently caught the show on Game Show network. A lot of it was still funny, some of it was no longer funny in this P. C. world of ours. Stil, a great overall SuperSeventies memory. GOOOOOONNNG!!!

--Happi-Puppi

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TV TIDBITS

Aired: 1976-1980; 1988-1989

Cast: Gary Owens (host 1976-1977), Check Barris (host 1977-1980)

Network: Syndicated

Genre: Comedy

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