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In an event especially suited to Halloween, New York's most bizarre, deranged and hilarious theatrical stage show, Gong Show Live (, returns to BB Kings on 42nd Street in Times Square for a special Halloween show on Sunday, October 31 at 8 pm.

Gong Show Live showcases original, offbeat talent acts performing for an audience and three judges, using the same format and spirit of the pioneering 70s TV show, The Gong Show. Acts deemed unbearable are gonged, and/or ridiculed by both the judges and audience members.

In addition to the talent acts, Gong Show Live's entertainment quotient is augmented by its host, comedian Ray Ellin; three judges - Chuck Nice, Leslie Gold The Radiochick' and Dan Naturman - known from their work in standup comedy, TV and radio; casting by Robert Russell, renowned for the New York casting of hit reality TV shows including The Bachelor, The Apprentice, Big Brother, The Restaurant, Moment of Truth, and NBC's Phenomenon; and the four-piece Gong Show Ten Orchestra, led by veteran drummer Sandy Gennaro (Cyndi Lauper, Bo Diddley, Joan Jett). Gong Show Live even has its own updated versions of two of the original TV show's most popular performers, Gene Gene the Dancing Machine and The Unknown Comic.

More than 350 talent auditions were screened for the premiere of Gong Show Live, staged at BB King's in August. Press response includes: Packed with shock value (Good Day New York, WNYW-TV Fox 5); Chuck Barris would be proud (NBC; Jaw-droppingly hilarious (Valerie Smaldone, WOR-AM); Truly frightening (Verizon FiOS1 News); A huge success (Nora Nolan,; and The Gong Show is back and better than ever (Josh Estrin, Pop Culture Examiner).

These and other performers will be featured at Gong Show Live Halloween Party at BB King's on October 31:

Chipps Cooney Comedian/illusionist from Edgewater, NJ who made it to top 30 of America's Got Talent

Cultured Kramden - Ralph Kramden reincarnated as an erudite scholar

Heidi the Yodeling Guy - A goat-milking, yodeling, frenzied phenomenon from Las Vegas

The Amazing Amy Elderly female contortionist from NYC who performs to a Star Trek theme and who was rejected by America's Got Talent

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

Wild Cherryz Burlesque Troupe: Long Island ladies with hot bodies and a steamy burlesque act

Jessica Delfino Avant-garde New York comedian who sings a public service announcement while accompanying herself on the rape whistle

The Single Mommas - New Jersey/Washington, D.C. trio with a pregnant new twist on Beyonce's "Single Ladies"

Wonder Boy, The Interpretive Dancing Robot Lifeguard/aspiring NYC firefighter by day who whose mother really is a clown

Last-minute acts selected from the show's audience will also be selected to perform. Complete show info is available at



237 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
United States



Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: No
Wheelchair Accessible: No


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