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He was a familiar face on TV in the 1970s and maybe he could kill you too.
At least two generations of devotees to the weird and bizarre are going to miss Chuck Barris, the loony, laid-back host of the original “Gong Show” which acted as the inspiration for ridiculous sketches that became the stuff of legend on playgrounds and summer camps around the world.
You want to know, to be precise, if I think Chuck Barris is a fraud for claiming, inter alia (I have always wanted to write that his nom de guerre — the name he used to order airline tickets — was Sunny Sixkiller; that in 1953 he took his 75-year-old grandmother on a camping trip to the Poconos, where they spent a wonderful day, but unfortunately when he woke up the next morning she was dead, so he zipped her body into a sleeping bag, tied it to the roof of his Volkswagen, and drove to a police station, but even more unfortunately while he was inside making a report someone stole the car; that at 16 he persuaded a 13-year-old friend of his sister's to lick his "wee-wee" by telling her it tasted like a strawberry lollipop; that having been hired by the CIA after answering a want ad, he aced his training and was soon infiltrating a civil rights march in Selma, Alabama; that when ABC decided to air a spy; that he kept dodging assignments until his CIA boss said, come with me to Mexico City, it'll be fun, and during the plane ride casually told Chuck they were going to kill a communist revolutionary, which they did; that after he got back he had three ex-cons destroy the Cadillac of a jerk who was in the habit of pretending to be a talent scout and raping would-be contestants; that the CIA then assigned him to meet a courier in London, where he exchanged an envelope of money for a roll of microfilm, then jammed his silencer-equipped automatic into the courier's mouth and pulled the trigger three times, whereupon "the man's eyes remained surprised while the back of his head splattered against the wall of the church"; that he then "greased the bullet-shaped vial [of microfilm] with [Vaseline], dropped my pants, and slid the vial up my ass"; that he then sold ABC ; that he spent ,000 on abortions for various girlfriends; that he killed a bunch of other people (the details blur); but then a lot of his friends started getting killed because there was a mole in the CIA, but Barris got the last laugh by killing the mole, who turned out to be none other than . Of the CIA yarn, Barris coyly says in interviews, "I can't really confirm or deny it" — about as close as he'll come to admitting he cooked the whole thing up as a rebuttal to critics who thought his shows were atrocities.
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And you want to know if maybe he's making some of this up. If doubts remain on this score, King Kaufman points out the following in an article posted to (you'll find it in the archive): (a) in 1993 Barris published another memoir, , in which he says nothing about the CIA or, for that matter, his previous book, and (b) over the years Barris has given varying accounts concerning his age, the manner in which he proposed to one of his wives, and so on.
Chuck Barris, 'Dating Game' and 'Gong Show' creator, dies at 87 "Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris once said.
"Bad acts are inherent in everyone." The show collected odd balls much like Howard Stern's Wack Pack would years later.
Within a few minutes, she has a trail of guys who are very interested in her.
Judging by some of the profiles, some of the men seem to have all of the traits that she’s looking for in a guy.