Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Gong Show


funny word of the day: gong

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

gong
Pronunciation:
\ˈgäŋ, ˈgȯŋ\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Malay & Javanese, of imitative origin
Date:
circa 1590
1: a disk-shaped percussion instrument that produces a resounding tone when struck with a usually padded hammer2 a: a saucer-shaped bell (as in a fire alarm) that is struck by a mechanical hammer b: a wire rod wound in a flat spiral for sounding the time or chime or alarm (as in a clock)3British : medal
— gong intransitive verb

But the funniest use of the gong was on The Gong Show, the popular television show in the 70s and 80s and one of my personal favorites that had judges "gong" people off the stage if their performances sucked. According to Wikipedia, The Gong Show was a parody of television variety shows. It broadcast on NBC's daytime schedule from June 14, 1976 through July 21, 1978, and in first-run syndication in the U.S. from 1976 to 1980, and from 1988-1989. The NBC incarnation and the later years of the syndicated version were emceed by Chuck Barris, who also produced them.

I'll never forget the episode of "What's Happening!" when Raj manages a kids group that he books on The Gong Show. They sing "Bubbly Brown Sugar" and it's awesome. Watch the episode here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/6804/whats-happening-going-going-gong.

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