Morgan Martin Mull Louis Nye Gary Owens La Wanda Page Pat Paulsen Gene Patton aka Gene Gene the Dancing Machine Johnny Paycheck Mae Questel Tony Randall Charlotte Rae Rex Reed Della Reese Joan Rivers Tracee Ellis Ross Nipsey Russell Mort Sahl Soupy Sales Ronnie Schell Suzanne Somers Elke Sommer Alan Sues Nicole Sullivan Mel Tillis The Unknown Comic Bobby Van Mamie Van Doren Sarah Vaughan Dionne Warwick Margaret Whiting Anson Williams Paul Williams Chuck Woolery Jo Anne Worley Contestants come on The Gong Show to perform in many ways imaginable.They could sing, dance, do stand-up comedy, make magic, perform a movie scene, you name it, they do it.Twelve-year-old Mc Ardle appeared on an early show in 1976, shortly before winning the lead role in the hit Broadway musical Annie.
ABC has recently revived The Gong Show with Will Arnett as the executive producer and "Tommy Maitland" (actually Mike Myers in makeup) as the host.
, was murdered hours after winning the show taped August 21, 1977.
and was taped on October 22, 1995 (according to the shows' ticket seen above here) at the time, which was going to be paired up with Planet Hollywood Squares for syndication but both of them were held off until 1997 just to see if their revivals of The Dating Game and The Newlywed Game (both are created by the late Chuck Barris) were working out. Eight years later, another version was going to be made for the now-defunct television network The WB Chuck Barris & Chris Bearde NBC Studios, Burbank, California (1976-1980) CBS Television City, Hollywood, California (1988-1999) The original Gong Show was later made into a movie (appropriately titled The Gong Show Movie) in 1980.
He said that the usually diligent censors were asleep at the wheel during pre-screening and the act was allowed to go on in the Eastern and Central time zones before they realized what was going on, but the network did censor the telecast for the Mountain and Pacific time zones.
Another impromptu moment came in early 1978, when Jaye P.
The Gong Show was infamous for a few acts that, by contemporary 1970s standards, were controversial.