Amateur talent contest judged by three celebrities.

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Chris Bearde
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1979   1978   1976  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Chuck Barris ...  Himself - Host 6 episodes, 1976-1978
Trixie Dejonge Trixie Dejonge ...  Herself 5 episodes, 1976-1978
Gary Owens ...  Himself - Host / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Rocky Bonifield ...  Herself 3 episodes, 1976
Arte Johnson ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1976-1979
Mat Plendl ...  Himself / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Curt Vig Curt Vig ...  Themselves (The Puppets and Friends) 2 episodes, 1976
Louanne ...  Herself 2 episodes, 1978
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Game-Show

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TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1976 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 Van Dyke and Company: Episode #1.9 (1976) See more »

Soundtracks

One O'Clock Jump
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Music by Count Basie
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Great back then, misunderstood today
1 February 2006 | by Jim-500See all my reviews

In discussing how mean American Idol has gotten lately, a lot of people point back to the Gong Show as the initiator of public TV humiliation. Anybody who thinks that never saw this show.

The show basically had two kinds of acts: the really ridiculous, and the really good. People with genuine talent were usually given high marks and compliments by the judges, who were all show-biz veterans and who knew talent when they saw it (I recall after one such act, Arte Johnson exclaimed, "I'm gonna get you a job!").

The other acts were supposed to be either wildly bizarre or just plain dumb. This gave everyone a chance to enjoy it for a few moments, knowing that the gong was soon in the offing. When the gong sounded, everyone laughed, including the people in the act itself. And Chuck Barris would shake his head in mock indignation and say "Gee, I don't know why they did that..." and as he escorted the act offstage, he cooed "Be of good cheer."

It was all played for laughs. Nobody was told they were horrible, nobody was told they had no talent, nobody was told they were too fat.

Add to this the great music, the amazing creativity of the contestants, and the one-line jokes between acts, and you had a great half-hour of comedy.


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