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Monday, March 26, 2007

Announcing the First-Ever Stranger Gong Show

posted by on March 26 at 11:26 AM


Attention talented freaks and those who love to gawk at them: On Thursday, April 12 at the Crocodile Cafe, The Stranger will be presenting its first-ever Gong Show, hosted by yours truly.

In advance of the show date, we’re looking for any and all unique and entertaining acts hungry to strut their stuff before a panel of drunken judges for fabulous prizes. This means jugglers, magicians, yodelers, strongmen, stand-up comics, clog dancers, air bands, contortionists, jug bands, sword swallowers, vaudeville acts, and anyone else with an act that’s under four minutes long and doesn’t involve fire or minors. (The Croc is a bar.)

For more info and to sign up for the competition, go here. (Talent may also sign-up at the door the night of the show.)

And if you just want to gawk/cheer/heckle the drunken celebrity judges (including Sarah Rudinoff, Kerri Harrop, Dave Meinert, and On the Boards artistic director Lane Czaplinski), show up at the Crocodile on Thursday, April 12 for the fabulous and totally free freak parade kicking off at 9pm.

In the meantime, please enjoy (and perhaps draw inspiration from) this tidbit from the original Gong Show:

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I was all set to sign up, but apparently my flaming toddler juggling act is a little too edgy for your "gong show."

Posted by Levislade | March 26, 2007 11:32 AM

Big Enos from Smokey and the Bandit is not amused.

Posted by The_Pope_Of_Chili_Town | March 26, 2007 1:44 PM

I'm assuming Tyra Banks won't be asked to be a judge...

Sadly, Jaye P Morgan is no longer with us....

But Seattle does have Les Nesman, Julie McCoy, the Professor, Susan Powter and the infamous Tom Skerrit...

Posted by michael strangeways | March 26, 2007 2:28 PM

No, no, the judges should be Dina Martina, Reggie Watts, and Cienna Madrid! ('cause this HAS to be a job for "Our Worst Enemy" (tm)).

Posted by COMTE | March 26, 2007 3:10 PM

It sounds like Pizzazz is back in mini form.

Posted by Christian | March 26, 2007 4:13 PM

I love the Gong Show so much. I love how the judges are wearing tuxedos and tiaras. What a brilliant show. I'm there!

Posted by Omigod | March 26, 2007 4:16 PM

I wanted to see the end of that clip.

Posted by Simon | March 26, 2007 4:17 PM

Fnarf will be competing.

Posted by Fnarf | March 26, 2007 8:14 PM

Things go better with coke.

And Jaye P. Morgan is still around if you were implying that she's dead.

Posted by Bauhaus | March 26, 2007 8:28 PM


Posted by Unknown Comic | March 26, 2007 10:52 PM

Absolutely no John Keister. Absolutely not.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 27, 2007 7:43 AM

Lloyd: I can guarantee that John Keister will never, ever be a judge for a Stranger event. However, if he signs up to compete, who am I to say no? Especially when Sarah Rudinoff's holding a gong wand?

Posted by David Schmader | March 27, 2007 11:19 AM

Well, Schmader, if Keister comes on to do a little "funny thing happened over in Ballard" etc., a bull must be released onto the stage. If Pat Cashman can run out and rodeo-clown Keister to safety, Sesame Street 'end-of-skit' mayhem music must be played over the PA.

Posted by Lloyd Clydesdale | March 27, 2007 12:17 PM


Posted by David Schmader | March 27, 2007 1:18 PM

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