Trivia / The Gong Show

  • Several people who performed acts on this show, actually became stars later in their career. Among them:
    • Paul Reubens (1976-80), appeared several times, as many characters.
    • Michael Winslow, before he starred in the Police Academy movies.
    • Oingo Boingo (1976, daytime).
    • Future Bozo the Clown Joey D'Auria.
    • Cheryl Lynn (1976, daytime), won the top prize on her episode, before scoring her one and only big Disco hit with 1978's "Got to be Real".
    • Rhonda Shear (1979), 12 years before she began hosting USA Network's USA Up All Night on Fridays. A year prior, she was a contestant on another Chuck Barris game; The $1.98 Beauty Show with Rip Taylor, and was crowned the "$1.98 Beauty of The Week".
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The Gong Show Movie had never been released on any home video format, and only appeared occasionally on cable TV. However, this has been averted with the release of the Blu-Ray on March 29, 2016.
    • Many episodes of the 1976-80 era, including the concurrent nighttime version (especially the Owens year), weren't shown on Game Show Network, due to issues with music clearances.
  • The Pete Best: John Barbour, replaced after taping five shows by Chuck Barris.
  • What Could Have Been: Wink Martindale uploaded on his Youtube page a pitchfilm for a syndicated revival from 2001. Tom Arnold would've hosted, the format was classic Gong, and was intended to air late nights. Sony tried again in 2003; this was pitched to The WB with Jeffery Ross as host.

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