Classic Show Premieres 15th January

Bang a gong and get it on, The Comedy Network is bringing back a classic. Stars are made and feelings are hurt when the all-new Gong Show with Dave Attell premieres Thursday, January 15 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT, exclusively on The Comedy Network.

Prepare yourself for the weird, wacky, and absurd as The Gong Show with Dave Attell gears up to deliver hilarity. Like the original series, The Gong Show with Dave Attell consists of eight to 10 off-beat, and hilarious acts, critiqued by a panel of three revolving celebrity judges. Paired with the bold personalities of the celebrity judges and the show’s outrageous acts, Dave Attell’s sharp wit and dry sense of humour creates a fresh, new take on the iconic ‘70s series.

Before SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE CANADA, Canadian Idol, and Dancing With the Stars there was The Gong Show. In 1976, NBC unleashed the power of reality television on viewers in this talent show spoof. The Gong Show immediately captivated audiences with its wild acts, unruly celebrity judges, and quirky host and producer, Chuck Barris. Amateur performers had 45 seconds to showcase their “finest” talents in hopes of adulation. If a performer got “gonged” it meant humiliation. After a two-year run, The Gong Show had become known as a show where everything and anything goes. Judges were tied up, breasts exposed, and when “Gene Gene the dancing machine” came out, chaos and laughter ensued. Notable celebrities such as David Letterman, Steve Martin, and Dionne Warwick all took a shot at handling the mallet as they quipped, struggled, and argued over an act’s fate.

The re-imagined series, The Gong Show with Dave Attell, is sure to bring all the craziness of the ‘70s series back with a modern twist. Instead of “Gene Gene the dancing machine”, celebrity judges like musician Dave Navarro, comedian Andy Dick, and Robert Smigel’s infamous brazen puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, whirl the audience into hysteria with their uncensored humour, and unabashed commentary. The premiere episode features Midget Wrestling World Champion, Water Glass Symphony, and Monkey Burlesque.

Named one of the “25 Funniest People in America” by Entertainment Weekly Magazine, Dave Attell cut his teeth hosting four seasons of the successful hit series, Insomniac with Dave Attell on Comedy Central. Recently, Attell was featured in the HBO stand-up special Captain Miserable and has starred in his own stand-up special on Comedy Central. He has also made numerous appearances on the late-night circuit including The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Howard Stern Show, and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

The Gong Show with Dave Attell is executive produced by Happy Madison Productions and Andrew Gilder (Identity and Win Ben Stein’s Money) in association with Sony Pictures Television.

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