The Gong Show remake comes to Comedy
The network is banging a gong and getting it on with new spoofs like Midget Wrestling World Champion, Water Glass Symphony and Monkey Burlesque.
An all-new take on the 1970s classic, The Gong Show with Dave Attell is coming to CTV’s The Comedy Network next month with eight new episodes.
Like the original series, the talent show spoof consists of offbeat acts critiqued by a panel of three revolving – and unruly – celebrity judges. The reimagined series, targeting the 18-34 demo, brings back the original version’s quirky humour with a modern twist: instead of ‘Gene Gene the dancing machine,’ the show’s uncensored humour and unabashed commentary come from celebrity judges like musician Dave Navarro, comedian Andy Dick and Robert Smigel’s brazen puppet, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. The first episode, premiering Jan. 15 at 10:30 pm ET, features the Midget Wrestling World Champion, the Water Glass Symphony and Monkey Burlesque.
After numerous appearances on the late-night circuit including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Howard Stern Show and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Dave Attell was named one of the ’25 Funniest People in America’ by Entertainment Weekly magazine.
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