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With these two recent celebrity deaths I can't help but think of Johnny Fever's line: "78% of teenagers think Chuck Berry was the host of the Gong Show."
 

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Yes, the shows he created were certainly unique.
 

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My favourite show of his was Treasure Hunt with Geoff Edwards. It was just wall-to-wall agony for contestants and not really so much a game as 15 minutes of extended cruel manipulation. Barris said he himself was shocked by Edwards' abilities.
 

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Now it's time for Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine!

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The Gong Show was pretty "rad" for its time. Some people loved it and some people hated it, it got good ratings anyway while it lasted.

I liked the unknown comic, at least in concept. It didn't always work but at least it was trying to shake things up at little bit in its own right.

Our family watched it almost religiously because it was so outrageous and different for the time.

RIP Chuck Barris.
 

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Well yes but.. Chuck was certainly the most entertaining part of that regular bit.

It is amazing how much the studio audience got into it!
Absolutely. This was what I liked so much about it. Everybody was into it, right from the moment where Chuck listened for the opening strains of the "Gene, Gene" theme.

There was a moment where this program reached a peak of such magnificent absurdity that it achieved greatness.

I remember seeing Pee Wee Herman as an act on the show.
 

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Any one really believe that he was also a spy?
I read Barris' autobiography. That movie was based on a single throwaway line in the book. When scriptwriter Charlie Kaufmann was asked to adapt the book into a film, that's what he focused on! Barris played along from then on, refusing to deny he was a spy.

Baris was also a songwriter, BTW--he wrote hit songs in the '60s like Pallisades Park.

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I read Barris' autobiography. That movie was based on a single throwaway line in the book. When scriptwriter Charlie Kaufmann was asked to adapt the book into a film, that's what he focused on! Barris played along from then on, refusing to deny he was a spy.

Baris was also a songwriter, BTW--he wrote hit songs in the '60s like Pallisades Park.

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Loved that song. Even went to Pallisades Park in NJ a few times.
 

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I read Barris' autobiography. That movie was based on a single throwaway line in the book. When scriptwriter Charlie Kaufmann was asked to adapt the book into a film, that's what he focused on! Barris played along from then on, refusing to deny he was a spy.

Baris was also a songwriter, BTW--he wrote hit songs in the '60s like Pallisades Park.

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Well due to his nature that seems to make sense to me... keep them guessing just as a farce.

I had no idea he was also a songwriter. Truth be told that was the first time I heard that song, it really didn't do anything for me, but there is no accounting for taste. Maybe I would have liked it "way back when" if I were a teenager at the time.
 
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