The Gong Show with Dave Attell
The Gong Show with Dave Attell is a revival of the 1970s Chuck Barris
Chuck Barris
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 game show
Game show
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 called The Gong Show
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, hosted by comedian
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 Dave Attell
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. The show premiered on July 17, 2008. It was produced by Adam Sandler
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's production company Happy Madison Productions and Sony Pictures Television
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Show format

Faithful to the classic format, each show presented a contest between amateur performers of often dubious talent, with a panel of three celebrity judges. If any judge considered an act to be particularly bad, he or she could strike a large gong
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, thus forcing the performer to stop and eliminating that contestant from the competition.

If the act survived without being gonged, the performers were given a score by each of the three judges on a scale of 0 to 500 (instead of 0 to 10), for a maximum possible score of 1,500. The contestant who achieved the highest combined score won the grand prize of $600 and a "Gong Show Championship Belt" trophy.

The last act of each show (which was interrupted by a siren and the doors closing) was usually performed by Dave Juskow.

The scores and prizes were brought out by Prize Girls Heidi Van Horne
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 and Amy Harwick.


Among the new show's celebrity judges were J.B. Smoove, Dave Navarro
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, Andy Dick
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, Steve Schirripa
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, Brian Posehn
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, Ron White
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, Jim Norton
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, Adam Carolla
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, Kate Walsh
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, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and Greg Giraldo
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After the last episode aired on September 4, host Attell confirmed the show's cancellation on the December 17 episode of The Howard Stern Show.
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