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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In an interview, musical director Milton Delugg said that many prostitutes in the Hollywood area would audition for the show, because they could make more money in a minute-and-a-half on the show than they could make working the streets for two weeks. See more »

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Chuck Barris: [just before a commercial break] We'll be back with more stuff right after this message.
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Connections

Referenced in My Science Project (1985) See more »

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Jumpin' at the Woodside
Music by Count Basie
(Gene, the Dancing Machine music)
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One of the wildest shows ever made
5 January 2003 | by (Lubbock, TX) – See all my reviews

I remember this show from my youth. Every once in a while there'd be a performer with some talent but most of the time this show belonged to some pretty weird contestants. They would be painfully bad but would still get upset when they were gonged. Of course "Chuckie baby" and his clapping would keep the show going. Then "Gene Gene the Dancing machine" would dance his classic dance. The judges were minor celebrities that didn't take their jobs too seriously. Like I said this was a pretty weird show that couldn't be taken at face value as a "talent" show but just a crazy show that eventually became stale. It made "Chuckie baby" a household name (and a ton of money), and it was a fun way to waste a half hour.


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