Now Gong That: The Gong Show Live

Leo on the Gong Show
Leo the Magnificent on the Gong Show

Ever wonder where the castoffs go from America’s Got Talent, Conan, Letterman, 30 Rock and So You Think You Can Dance go?  Well thanks to casting director Robert Russell, they’ve ended up on THE GONG SHOW LIVE playing at the Cutting Room Thursdays at 6:30. Look for this TV phenomenon to become the stage phenomenon of the summer.  These fourteen acts will astonish and amaze and some will make you want to gong them yourself.

Thanks to The Radio Chick, in association with Sony Television Pictures each Thursday a rotating panel of celebrity judges that include “The Radio Chick” Leslie Gold, Dan Naturman, Chuck Nice and Ken Dashow decide whether to wield that Gong.  Host, Ray Ellin, a Chuck Barris lookalike controls not only the judges but also the audience with off the wall antics.

Manolo Blank

Over 1,000 international acts were auditioned and only 35 were chosen. Who appears is left to the will of the gods. On the night I was there Jennifer Casino, Mordechai, Leo the Magnificent, Princess Lockeroo, Manolo Blank, Mr. Karloff and Amazing Amy all impressed. Regulars the Unknown Convict and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine just brought back memories.

Having been involved with the original show, this well-executed blast from the past is a guilty pleasure. The talent, though in some cases, is horrifying, it is perfect in that off beat kind of bizarrely weird way.  The live band led by musical director Frank Pisani rocks and is better than the Tonight Show band. You feel as if you have stepped back in time where talent was either good or got the hook or in this case the GONG!

THE GONG SHOW LIVE will play the first Thursday of every month through October 3rd. The Doors open for FOOD and DRINK at 6:15pm. The lunacy begins at 7:30pm. The crowd-control is usually instituted by 8:15pm.

The Amazing Amy

Need cheering up or just a fun night out, this is your best bet.

About The Author

Suzanna, co-owns and publishes the newspaper Times Square Chronicles or T2C. At one point a working actress, she has performed in numerous productions in film, TV, cabaret and theatre. She has performed at The New Orleans Jazz festival, The United Nations and Carnegie Hall. Currently she has a screenplay in the works, which she developed with her mentor and friend the late Arthur Herzog. She was the Broadway Informer on the all access cable TV Show “The New Yorkers,” soon to be “The Tourist Channel.” email: [email protected]

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