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
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[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!
Referenced in The Gong Show Movie
Jumpin' at the Woodside
Music by Count Basie
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