A stage presentation based on the popular 1970s Chuck Barris TV show, Gong Show Live returns to B.B. King’s in Times Square.
The one night only show is at 8 p.m. on August 27.
Producer and judge Leslie Gold holds the rights to stage Gong Show Live in the U.S. through her Radiochick Corporation.
“The original Gong Show’s variety, humor and surprise elements made it not just memorable, but set precedents,” Gold said in a statement. “There’d be no America’s Got Talent, Jersey Shore, Big Brother or other current reality/talent TV shows without The Gong Show. Gong Show Live brings the same format, fun and lunacy of the beloved TV show to an interactive theatrical show, and there’s truly nothing like it.”
Joining Gold at the judge’s table are WAXQ/Q 104.3 afternoon DJ Ken Dashow and comedian Chuck Nice. Another stand-up comic Ray Ellin is the host/emcee.
Just like the famous TV program, The talented (and not so talented) are showcased. For example:
- Cultured Kramden – Ralph Kramden has been reincarnated as an erudite scholar
- Not Britney Spears – Kooky folk medley of Britney’s songs as you’ve never heard them
- Zac Mordechai – Straight from Yeshiva with a repertoire of decidedly non-Kosher songs
This will be the third time that Gong Show Live has been presented at B.B. King’s since its August 2010 premiere.