Thursday, July 17, 2008

Down to Brass Tacks

Okay, so the purpose of this blog wasn't to chronicle my dancing successes (or lack thereof), but rather to just freakin' write. It's time I just sat down and blathered for a while.

Tonight I'm watching the premiere of "The Gong Show with Dave Attell." I'm old enough to recall the original "Gong Show," hosted by purported CIA-undercover-operative Chuck Barris (see "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind"). I loved that show when I was a kid, because it was completely wacky, had adult humor that I didn't get but still knew was funny, and most of all because of the big brass gong.

So far the reincarnation doesn't disappoint. It's even campier than the first, with an even snarkier host. Dave Attell is a kind of regular guy who drinks too much, smokes too much, stays up too late, and has too much fun all while having a slightly misanthropic view of the Universe. His judges are the insanely hot rocker Dave Navarro, the insanely annoying Andy Dick, and the just plain insane JB Smoove.

Acts included a magician who pulled a rabbit (bloody) out of his stomach, a burlesque girl named Trixie who popped out of a volcano, and a guy looking like Thomas Dolby crossed with a homeless person playing my favorite quickstep, "Istanbul Not Constantinople" on glasses partially filled with water. (So far he appears to be winning, but then I wasn't paying attention to Trixie's scores because I was still getting over Dave smoking on camera after the midget wrestling.)

God this show is AWESOME. Comedy Central, Wednesdays at 10pm.

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