The Gong Show
Comic Tommy Maitland hosts as performers -- including contortionists, singers, magicians, dancers, comics, painters, and even people who work with scary bugs -- try to impress a rotating panel of three celebrity judges. If any of the judges deem an act to be less than worthy of a score, they can pick up a mallet and hit the giant gong that is hanging behind them and end the performance. If the judges are happy with the act, they will let it play out until the end and present their scores. At the end of each show, the act with the highest scores receives a trophy and a check for $2,000.17.