Chuck Barris on McEnroe (as a guest of the show)

Discussion in 'Odds & Ends' started by Chanchai, Jul 26, 2004.

  1. Chanchai

    Chanchai Semi-Pro

    Apr 28, 2004
    Alright... McEnroe is not the greatest show since... well, much anything. But it's kinda been getting better over time.

    Anyways... I find it interesting that Chuck Barris is gonna be a guest on the show on Tuesday night.

    For those that don't know who Chuck Barris is (not Chuck Berry), he was the host of The Gong Show during the 70s, a television producer, and author of an "autobiography" which was later adapted to film under the same name: "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind."

    If you believe the autobiography to be true (I'd imagine 70% or more of the people out there would believe it's totally not true while 30% would be wondering "What If..."). The guy's "autobiography" claims that while he was an exec/producer and host (he also created The Dating Game btw), he was also a government spook secretly under contract by the CIA.

    Anyways... weird/fun stuff, and odd that people that know him seem incapable of dispelling his claim. He was also considered the harbinger of poison and social destruction through the airways in his day too (specifically for The Gong Show).

    I shouldn't expect much, but I figure something unexpected or even interesting might happen. But this guy always keeps his answers very vague when people ask him if his autobiography was true :p At the very least, I'm just curious how it'll go... but John might end up grasping for weird straws like he has in other interviews (trying too hard to make connections between his guest's experiences and his own experiences/thoughts on life...).

    But hey... the former host of a horrible show called "The Chair" interviewing the former host of a show which had the premise of putting horrible performances on TV and Gong-ing them off stage when the performance becomes beyond unbearable is kinda... weird...

  2. NoBadMojo

    NoBadMojo G.O.A.T.

    Feb 19, 2004
    Parts unknown
    hope chuck barris 'gongs' mac off the show and replaces him w. the unknown comic ;) i give this show 2 more weeks and it will be's pretty painful to watch IMO. mac is still stiff and has no warmth and doesnt know how to interview and engage his guests... ed
  3. Cruzer

    Cruzer Professional

    Feb 26, 2004
    Leafs Nation
    McEnroe is definitely lacking all the skills to host a talk show and fortunately he has had some interesting guests to prop him up. Last week I watched the show for the first time even though I had heard only bad comments about it but as luck would have it the show was rather good not because of McEnroe but because of his guests. Billy Jean King and Mo Rocca were on and they both made the show watchable, particularly Rocca. He is a very funny guy.

    Barris is an interesting character. He was probably ahead of his time when you consider shows he created like the Newlywed Game, the Dating Game and the Gong Show that are in many ways like some of the reality shows currently being broadcast. I would watch the Gong Show any day over the insipid American Idol. At least the Gong Show was good for a few laughs between Barris, the minor celebrity judges and the contestants.

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