Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

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1978   1976  
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Amateurs compete in a talent contest judged by a trio of celebrities. If the act is so bad that the judges can't bear to watch any more of it, they have the power to stop the act by pounding a large gong hanging on the wall behind them. Host Barris keeps the acts flowing, the jokes flying and the raucous party atmosphere floating. The show's grand prize was $516.32 (except in the syndicated version where it was $712.05). Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Tommy Hunter was the inspiration for this show. In an interview with CBC's George Stroumboulopoulos, "Canada's Country Gentleman" relates a story about a terrible act that was auditioning for his show. He was telling this to his producer Chris Bearde, who thought it would be a great idea for a show. Bearde pitched it to the CBC with Hunter to be host, but neither Hunter or the CBC was enthused with the idea. Bearde went back to L.A., pitched the idea to producer Chuck Barris and the rest is history. See more »

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Della Barris: [just before Chuck Barris first appears in the episode] And now, ladies and gentlemen, here is the host and star of the show, my daddy!
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One O'Clock Jump
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This Show Was The Best!
30 November 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Gong Show was one of the best game shows to ever hit television. Chuck Barris was a genius in himself with several other hit game shows, such as The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game just to mention a few. People that appeared on The Gong Show had to be a little off to come on and perform some of the wild acts they did. The Panel, with the usuals such as Jaye P. Morgan, Arte Johnson and Jamie Farr were so unique in that anything went on the show, well anything that could get by the censors that is. This show still has a great following till this day, and is still one of the best there is.


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