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).
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Did You Know?
In an interview, musical director Milton Delugg
said that many prostitutes in the Hollywood area would audition for the show, because they could make more money in a minute-and-a-half on the show than they could make working the streets for two weeks. See more
[at the start of the show
From Hollywood, almost live, it's The Gong Show!
Referenced in My Science Project
Jumpin' at the Woodside
Music by Count Basie
(Gene, the Dancing Machine music) See more