Friday, March 25, 2005


Was listening to a radio show after work Thursday afternoon when I heard the hosts enjoying a conversation with television producer and author Chuck Barris. Among the game shows that he is responsible for are The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, The $1.98 Beauty Show, and The Gong Show. It was really good to hear Barris, who is now virtually retired from the TV business and has written a new book which is in stores.

I miss much of his work, which were done with pure fun in mind. He even mentioned that he still keeps contact with "The Unknown Comic", who was a regular on The Gong Show who wore a bag over his head when he performed because, according to Barris, he didn't want his friends to know that he was on the show. It became one of the programme's favourite and often most hilarioius bits, and Barris said he isn't as funny without the bag.


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