And one made news for reasons having nothing to do with show business.
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Barris, who served as producer, would soon follow that with The Newlywed Game, where newly married couples were probed about how well they knew each other and "makin' whoopee."But Barris' main achievement was as host and creator of The Gong Show, an unpredictable, anti-talent show that tested the limits of good taste with absurd humor and often controversial acts as well as mainstay "talent" like the Unknown Comic and Gene Gene the Dancing Machine.
Guests who were deemed unfit for television were "gonged" off the show by Barris.
Lange was the first host of this enduring singles' program, and his run lasted from 1965 to 1980.
Jim Lange, who died of a heart attack Tuesday at age 81, hosted many game shows during his decades-long career, but it was his work on "The Dating Game" that made him the most famous. Hey, Glenny, you gonna walk home with this broad or what? She's a travel agent by day, and a terrific dancer by night. 92c: Joe Pesci / Spin Doctors The Bensonhurst Dating Game Andy Perotta..... Julia Sweeney Announcer: From Bensonhurst, Brooklyn -- it's the Bensonhurst Dating Game. Dating games are very fun so pick up your favorite couple and help them get ready for the date or finish it with success.