Wednesday, June 21, 2017

‘The Gong Show’ is Back and It’s Not Horrible

Review of ABC's revival of "The Gong Show."
The Gong Show is back on ABC this summer (ABC)

TV SHOW REVIEW

Like many of you, I had fond memories of the old Gong Show TV series until I watched some clips from it on YouTube and realized just how bad of a show it really was. And like many of you, I too was shocked to hear that Will Arnett was actually the man behind bringing the show back on the air. I had assumed he had fallen on hard times. However, after watching the screener for Thursday’s premiere episode of the show I have to say … it’s not horrible.

Don’t get me wrong, if you want to see real talent, then turn the dial to NBC and watch America’s Got Talent, but if you don’t care, stay right here on ABC. Just like the original program, The Gong Show features a bizarre list of acts. If the acts are any good, they will receive a score from a panel of three judges. If they get “gonged” they are ushered off the stage rather quickly.

Review of ABC's revival of "The Gong Show."
The Gong Show host, Tommy Maitland. (ABC)
Where else will you see a woman who plays the harmonica while a tarantula sits in her mouth? Or a Sasquatch ride a unicycle while playing the bagpipes? Or a married couple spit pieces of banana into each other’s mouths? Fortunately, just here.

Ironically, the thing that actually makes this comeback work better than the original is the choice of hosts. The original show was hosted by its creator the late Chuck Barris who was more awkward than funny. This time around “British comedic legend” Tommy Maitland (who may or may not actually be Mike Myers) hosts the gig. He describes himself as a “cheeky monkey” and has a million of innuendo jokes up his sleeves. A lot is riding on his performance and from what I can tell, it works.

Review of ABC's revival of "The Gong Show."
The Gong Show band. (ABC)
For the premiere, the celebrity judges are the new show’s creator, Will Arnett, Ken Jeong and Zach Galifianakis who are given the power to award each act anywhere from 0-10 points each. The act that receives the most points will win a giant check written out for $2,000 and 17 cents. And believe it or not, there are actually some impressive talented folks competing here. But don’t get your hopes up too high.

Also, fans of the original show will remember returning acts like The Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine. This time around the show is introducing Albert who leads the audience in a sing-a-long about shaving cream. Also, the new Gong Show has its own live band who aren’t half bad.

The Gong Show premieres on Thursday, June 22 at 10:00 p.m. ABC and will receive an “encore” on Saturday, June 24 at 8:00 p.m.

5 comments:

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  2. No matter what some may say- this show is funny and highly entertaining, what TV was meant to be. Just a well spent hour of life.

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  3. Love this darn show - I think it's full of funny stuff, wit, and clever remarks from the judges. I laugh all the way through. Even like the Shaving Cream song - it's on YouTube if you want to hear the rest of the lyrics. Hilariously funny show for summer.

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  4. I wish to know more about Albert, I noticed there was a different man playing Albert for one episode. I like the taller one better myself. Is Albert just an actor/singer or was he on a past incarnation or even a winner of a past incarnation of The Gong Show?

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  5. All I know about Albert is that he is an actor/singer and his real name is Bill Lewis. You're right, there was one episode where someone else played Albert.

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