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The Gong Show with Dave Attell

The Gong Show with Dave Attell was a revival of the 1970s Chuck Barris comedy game show called The Gong Show, hosted by comedian Dave Attell. The show premiered on July 17, 2008. It was produced by Adam Sandler's production company Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

The Gong Show with Dave Attell
Created byChris Bearde
Directed byMichael Dimich
Presented byDave Attell
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Executive producer(s)Jennifer Heftler
Dave Attell
Adam Sandler
Jack Giarraputo
Allen Covert
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Happy Madison Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkComedy Central
Original releaseJuly 17 –
September 4, 2008
Preceded byThe Gong Show (1976-1980, 1988-1989)
Extreme Gong (1998-2000)

Show formatEdit

Faithful to the classic format, each show presented a contest between amateur performers of often dubious talent, with a panel of three celebrity judges. If any judge considered an act to be particularly bad, he or she could strike a large gong, thus forcing the performer to stop and eliminating that contestant from the competition.

If the act survived without being gonged, the performers were given a score by each of the three judges on a scale of 0 to 500 (instead of 0 to 10), for a maximum possible score of 1,500. The contestant who achieved the highest combined score won the grand prize of $600 and a "Gong Show Championship Belt" trophy.

The last act of each show (which was interrupted by a siren and the doors closing) was usually performed by David Juskow.

The scores and prizes were brought out by Prize Girls Heidi Van Horne and Amy Harwick.

Comedian Michelle Biloon interviewed the participants backstage, mainly for the website, but clips of the interviews were played over each episode's credits.


Among the new show's celebrity judges were J.B. Smoove, Dave Navarro, Andy Dick, Steve Schirripa, Brian Posehn, Ron White, Jim Norton, Adam Carolla, Kate Walsh, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Greg Giraldo.[1][2]


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