"Gong Show Live" Will Premiere at B.B. King's, New York City on August 12

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Bizarre. Deranged. Hilarious. Gong Show Live will be the first authorized stage production of the pioneering '70s TV talent show and the prototype for an extended-run stage production in New York and Las Vegas.

Wonder Boy, The Interpretive Dancing Angel

True to the spirit and format of the pioneering ‘70s TV talent show The Gong Show, the first and only authorized Gong Show Live will premiere on Thursday, August 12 at 8 pm at BB King’s Blues Club in Times Square, New York City. The show will be the most unique and entertaining event of the summer, and the prototype for an extended-run stage production in New York and Las Vegas.

The original Gong Show set the template for today’s reality TV talent competitions, and was the first to feature amateur “talent” acts who risked humiliation for a shot at fame. Gong Show Live will also feature original acts performing for an audience and three judges. If acts are deemed unbearable, they’ll be “gonged,” and/or ridiculed by both the judges and audience members.

Gong Show Live’s MC, comedian Ray Ellin, and its three judges - Chuck Nice, Leslie Gold “The Radiochick” and Dan Naturman - are known from their work in standup comedy, TV and radio. The show is being cast by Robert Russell, renowned for the New York casting of dozens of hit TV shows (The Bachelor, The Apprentice, Rock Star INXS, Big Brother, The Restaurant, Moment of Truth, NBC's Phenomenon), and will be attended by reality and variety TV producers representing Bravo, Comedy Central, NBC and more.

Talent performing at Gong Show Live was selected from video submissions solicited specifically for this first-ever, authorized stage production, and will include this partial list of performers:

“The Amazing Amy” – Elderly female contortionist from NYC who performs to a Star Trek theme and who was rejected by America’s Got Talent.

“Mallet Man” – From Hillside, NJ, he dances, spins and plays the vibes – all at once.

“April and May” – Female ventriloquist from Hell’s Kitchen, NYC who delivers singing telegrams by day and whose act (as seen on Rachael Ray, The Soup, and Last Comic Standing) often ends with her in her underwear.

“Raymond the Amish Comic” – From Emmaus, PA, he’s been in the films Kingpin and Witness, the Weird Al video Amish Paradise, and on MTV. He was recently rejected from America’s Got Talent.

“Wild Cherryz Burlesque Troupe” – Long Island girls who show off their hot bodies in a steamy burlesque act.

“The Acro-Median” (acrobat/comedian) - From NYC via Las Vegas and Italy, he’s a third generation circus acrobat who won the “wild and crazy” category in first season of America’s Got Talent.

“Wonder Boy, The Interpretive Dancing Angel” – From Brooklyn, he’s a lifeguard by day and his mother really is a clown.

Last-minute acts selected from the show’s audience will also perform. Gong Show Live’s own four-piece band, The Gong Show Ten Orchestra, is led by veteran drummer Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Bo Diddley, Joan Jett, more) and features James Caputo (bass), Artie Dillon (guitar) and Frank Pisani (keyboards).

Leslie Gold, the New York City-based radio and TV talk and entertainment host who’s long been an admirer of the 1970s TV program created and hosted by Chuck Barris and whose Radiochick Corporation holds the rights to produce Gong Show Live events in the US, said, “The Gong Show’s variety, humor and surprise elements made it not just memorable, but set precedents. There’d be no General Larry Platt, no Rock of Love, Big Brother and the others without the Gong Show.”

For show info, go to [Gong Show Live. Tickets for Gong Show Live on August 12 are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. [BB King's is located at 243 West 42nd Street in Times Square, New York, NY 10036, phone 212-997-4144.

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