The original Gong Show with Chuck Barris (NBC 1976 ) was the show everybody said was crap yet secretly watched. The same thing will be true of the third incarnation of this talent? Show, The Gong Show With Dave Attell which airs Thursdays at 10:30 P.M. beginning January 15, 2008 on The Comedy Network.
As Dave Attell puts it in the premiere episode of The Gong Show, this is a show where “shame and dignity fight to the death against who cares and what else is on?” Judges in the first show are Steve Schirripa of your fifteen minutes are up so get off the stage fame, Brian Poseyn of The Sarah Silverman Program, and the always dreadful Andy Dick in a Steven Wright look-a-like costume.
The premiere episode features the Vulva Sisters who do a bit of a gymnastics / striptease down to their undies act. Second is a fat guy who raps while his breasts jiggle along. This is followed by a balancing act.
To be expected on something like the Gong Show are bagpipes so they show up. I do not remember interpretive dance in the original but there is some here while a guy who can’t sing sings. Other acts include a guy dressed like Mimi in the Drew Carey Show, a really good Yo-Yo guy, and a human firecracker.
Attell looks absolutely miserable in The Gong Show and his lines seem to be written in crayon. He probably doesn’t want it to but the show could become a TV comedy favorite.
This show wants to be stupid TV and it is stupid TV.