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RIP Chuck Barris - host of "The Gong Show."
Topic Started: Mar 22 2017, 03:26 AM (57 Views)
George K
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http://variety.com/2017/tv/news/chuck-barris-dead-dies-gong-show-host-1202013790/

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Chuck Barris, who hosted “The Gong Show” and created “The Dating Game” and “The Newlywed Game,” died Tuesday of natural causes in Palisades, N.Y., his publicist confirmed. He was 87.

His autobiography, “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” was made into a film directed by George Clooney and starred Sam Rockwell as Barris. In the book (subtitled “An Unauthorized Autobiography”), he claimed to have worked for the CIA as an assassin during the 1960s and ’70s, a claim which the CIA denied. “He also fabricated his life because it might have been the best way of getting at the truth. The truth was that back when he was the Jerry Springer of his day, he couldn’t stomach being attacked for doing something he considered harmless,” wrote Joel Stein in Time magazine.

The multi-talented game show creator was also a songwriter, writing songs such as “Palisades Park” as well as music for his game shows.

Born Charles Hirsch Barris in Philadelphia, he started out working as a page at NBC in New York, then worked backstage at “American Bandstand.” “Palisades Park” was recorded by Freddy Cannon and hit No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

He formed Chuck Barris Productions in 1965 and created “The Dating Game,” hosted by Jim Lange, which introduced swinging 1960s double entendres to the formerly staid game show genre and ran for 11 out of the next 15 years. In 1966 he launched “The Newlywed Game,” hosted by Bob Eubanks, which ran for 19 years; Game Show Network still airs a version of the show.

Barris finally made it in front of the camera when he began hosting “The Gong Show” in 1976. Though it only ran two years on NBC and four years in syndication, the show is still remembered for its wacky spoof of the talent show format. He introduced the amateur contestants dressed in colorful clothing with odd props, with judges Jamie Farr, Jaye P. Morgan and Arte Johnson adding to the goofy atmosphere. Other offbeat characters on the show included “Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” and Murray Langston, the “Unknown Comic,” who wore a paper bag over his head.


Of course, I will forever associate Barris with The Popsicle Twins:

Probably NSFW, but it aired on national TV.


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RIP Chuckie.

I loved that show.

The best was Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ACpNVD5GMUw


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I have no memory of Gene the Dancing Machine. :no:

At the time I thought Barris and the show were both dorky. Now it looks kinda retro cool.

And dig, there's Artie Johnson! Ver-r-r-y intereth-ting!


Edited by Catseye3, Mar 22 2017, 08:13 AM.
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For some reason my class went to a recording of the Gong Show as a field trip. The only thing I remember is getting annoyed because the guy I was crushing on was flirting with Jo-Ann Worley, AND being impressed because she flirted back.


That was one crazy show.

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