November 7th, 2006
I was all set to write a bit about The Prestige (completely awesome, you must see it or risk avoiding spoiler discussions the rest of your life) but then all of a sudden out of complete nowhere came
GENE GENE THE DANCING MACHINE
also of interest: The Unknown Comic takes on Chuckie Baby, with a quick shot of Steve Martin as a judge. I didn't know Steve Martin was ever a judge on the Gong Show. Blows my mind, it does.
And everyone's favorite, slightly work-risque, the infamous Popsicle Twins act, which for some reason on the show was called "Have You Got a Nickel?" This was the act that got the show yanked for a while.
Man, oh, man. The Gong Show was Western Civilization at its apex.
and if you haven't seen the brilliant "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind", starring a brilliant Sam Rockwell, or at least read the book, you should.
It's made even better with that shadow of a doubt that he really might have taken off his leisure suit, picked up a walther PPK, and wiped out someone inconvenient to Nixon after the show.
For those two I've *definitely* got a nickel. And we have "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" sitting here, from Netflix, and I'm hoping to one day convince my wife to actually watch it.
THEY STOP THE SHOW
THEY LITERALLY STOP THE SHOW
CAUSE HERE COMES GENE GENE THE DANCING MACHINE
I love it. I absolutely love it. A taping of the Gong Show must've been one of the wildest travesties ever to masquerade as a professional television production, maybe even beating out those infamous "Friday" episodes of the Match Game.
(Due to Gene Rayburn's bi-coastal work schedule, he'd fly from New York to Hollywood every week, and they'd tape an entire week's worth of Match Game episodes in a single day. Between episodes, of course, the cast would change costumes and take much advantage of the catered spread and open bar. So by the time the "Friday" episode began taping, everyone was pretty much plastered.)
You've got the same URL twice in there - Popsicle Twins leads to the Unknown Comic video.
Yes, and I am very sad about this. Darn you, Spatch!
The Gong Show is the pinnacle of Western civilisation. It's been all downhill from there.
you've read queen of the oddballs, yes? the writer performed on the gong show at one point, juggling and singing a song she cowrote with tom lehrer.