Show Awards - Zany update of TED MACK'S ORIGINAL AMATEUR
HOUR/NBC/ABC/CBS/1948-60, the audience participation show called the THE GONG SHOW/NBC/SYN/1976-80 featured contestants who
performed outrageously bad acts (a woman who whistled through her
nose; a man who blew a trumpet through his naval; and a man who
burped the ABC's) for a panel of
celebrity judges, any of whom could eliminate the act by hitting a very large and noisy metallic disk
(gong) with a large gonger.
of this silly talent show received a miniature Golden Gong trophy and
a monetary award of $712.05 on the evening program and $516.32 on the
daytime version. Chuck Barris, the series co-producer (with Chris
Bearde), also hosted the program.
Gonger in hand, Rip Taylor
prepares to gong a bad act.
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