!! General trivia:
* Several people who performed acts on this show, actually became stars later in their career. Among them:
** Creator/PaulReubens (1976-80), appeared several times, as many characters.
** Creator/MichaelWinslow, before he starred in the ''Film/PoliceAcademy'' movies.
** Music/OingoBoingo (1976, daytime).
** Future [[Series/TheBozoShow 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 Creator/USANetwork'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".
!! Specific trivia:
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: ''The Gong Show Movie'' had never been released on any home video format, and only appeared occasionally on cable TV, before a Blu-Ray was released 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.
* ThePeteBest: John Barbour, replaced after taping ''five shows'' of the daytime version by Creator/ChuckBarris. This was because he [[CompletelyMissingThePoint didn't seem to realize the show was intended as a parody]] and consoled Gonged contestants.
* ReferencedBy: A ''Comicbook/FantasticFour'' story where the Thing was fighting an out-of-control robot saw the two crashing into the studio while the show was being recorded. Naturally, they were confused for another act (but lost to a singing appendix).
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There have been a few (non-''Extreme'') attempts to revive the series. [[http://www.gameshowforum.org/index.php/topic,28652.15.html This thread]] on the Game Show Forum revealed that Sony was planning a relaunch as early as 1995, and taped a pilot for it hosted by comedian Chuck Booms. It was slated to be paired with ''[[Series/TheHollywoodSquares Planet Hollywood Squares]]'' (yes, really), but Sony delayed both shows until 1997 to see how their revival block of ''Series/TheDatingGame'' and ''Series/TheNewlywedGame'' panned out. Wink Martindale uploaded on his Youtube page [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTXrEcpBXGk a pitchfilm]] for a syndicated revival from 2001. Creator/TomArnold would've hosted, the format was classic Gong, and was intended to air late nights. Sony tried again in 2003; this was pitched to Creator/TheWB with [[TheRoast Jeffery Ross]] as host.
** Music/WeirdAlYankovic auditioned for the show and nearly made his debut on this show, but didn't make the cut.