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toobfreak

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Long acclaimed secret agent :| masquerading as game show host Chuck Barris has moved on to better pastures. Host of the Gong Show, creator of the Dating Game and the Newlywed Game, I am sad to say his game shows were funny enough and odd enough that I wasted part of my youth actually watching them sometimes. He was 87.

 

tbradsim1

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HaHa, reminded me of when my Uncle and his entire Family , Big Saints fans would go to NO for a game and saints stunk, his entire Family would put on paper bags to watch game, The Unkown Fans. Chuck was so spastic but he was my Favorite.

 

toobfreak

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Ash, some of your posts are seriously funny!
The Chuckster was a wild man. He always looked like he was right on the edge of losing it!

 

cosmicfolklore

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Weren't there a few times that he just left the set, and the gongers had to finish the show? Coke and whiskey, he was wound so tight that it didn't ever take much to set him off.

And, the Dating Game, the first time sex was talked about so openly on daytime TV. It was so risque that even the soap operas blushed.

 

mayfair70

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I thrived on Gong Show reruns. Mr. Barris changed television. He will be missed. Nice catch Davet !! :P I watched Dave Attell host a "new" Gong Show on Comedy Central years ago and about split myself in half laughing so hard, though, it wasn't as classy.

 

mso489

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Those are some golden oldie game shows. The inventor-producers of those shows often made incredible money because they drew in big audiences and huge ad revenue. I remember an even earlier show called "Queen for a Day," where three or four women would line up and tell their hard luck stories (some pretty sad stuff, actually) and one of them would win by scoring high on the "applause meter." The winner won a string of expensive prizes like refrigerators, furniture, trips, and other stuff. I don't know if it made them feel a lot better -- maybe until the tax bill arrived. I think Merv Griffin made his original fortune with game show concepts as producer, then much more with investments. Not much of a showbiz personality, from my point of view, but a serious business person. The host of "Queen for a Day" was a gusty shouter named Jack Bailey, a somewhat stout guy with a mustache. I think "Queen..." pre-dated even Merv who was around TV for forty years or more. Game shows cost about zip to produce, so it was big revenue for nil investment. davet, amazing moment -- porn so soft as to be almost un-dectable except to the horny old morals arbitrators; a dirty mind is a perpetual feast. More popsicles and gym shorts, I say.

 

cosmicfolklore

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I came up with a new game-show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator.

~Chick Barris
He came up with lots of ideas for shows, not all of them were very good.

But, when he wrote that book about being a spy while working in TV, he'd obviously lost his mind.

 

jpmcwjr

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The Dating Game!! Chuck Woollery, host, IIRC... I watched every episode, and managed to talk my advisor into a business school paper on some psychological aspect of that very show. **
Mr. Barris, a genius of some stripe, made me uneasy.
Adult only:
Woollery: Where, Gina, was the most unusual place you and Don made whopee?
Gina: In the ass, Chuck.

 

ophiuchus

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The man brought a healthy dose of irreverence to television at a time when the medium had become overly conventionalized. There was some tortured genius there somewhere. Glad to see he survived a long life.