Canadian Mike Myers has brought life to a variety of quirky characters, among them a groovy British spy and a rock n’ roll fan hosting a cable access show from his parents’ basement. Now, the master of disguise is about to step back into the spotlight to host Sony’s reboot of ‘The Gong Show’. And in doing so, Myers will take on the role of another fictitious Brit; an enthusiastic emcee named Tommy Maitland.
The original ‘Gong Show’ was an amateur talent contest created, produced and hosted by the late Chuck Barris. It ran from 1976 to 1978, and was later syndicated up until 1989. The revival will follow the same format by inviting individuals with strange skills to compete for prizes. If a judge considers an act to be particularly terrible, he or she can force it to stop by striking a gong.
For his part, Myers will go full method. According to ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, his name is unlikely to be found on the show’s credits, let alone any marketing material – only that of Maitland, his character, will be billed.
In an interview, Myers – in character as Maitland – offered a few hints of what’s to come. “Well, I love to entertain, but I can be a bit of a cheeky monkey. Nothing terribly dirty, just a little naughty at times,” he said. “I’m hoping this will be the place for people who don’t normally have a venue to do things like play the bagpipes with their nose or do anything with a unicycle.”
A rotating panel of celebrity judges will join Myers on the new gig, including Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Andy Samberg, Joel McHale, Dana Carvey, and Jack Black, among others. The first episode airs June 22nd on ABC.
What do you think? Sound like fun? Or a little too ‘out there’? Check out the clip from the classic ‘Gong Show’… ~ Jason