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Comedy Central Says Yes To New Gong Show With Dave Attell

COMEDY CENTRAL and Sony Pictures Television are bringing back a classic series with a twist. Lauren Corrao, president, original programming and development, announced the network has greenlit, "The Gong Show with Dave Attell." The new series is scheduled to premiere on July 17.

Executive Produced by Happy Madison Productions and Andrew Golder ("Identity" and "Win Ben Stein's Money") in association with Sony Pictures Television, "The Gong Show with Dave Attell" will consist of eight to ten off-beat and hilarious acts that will be judged by a panel of three revolving celebrity judges. The search for talent has already begun and submissions are being accepted at gongshowcasting@aol.com. Zoe Friedman is the executive in charge of production for COMEDY CENTRAL.

"We are very excited to welcome Dave Attell back to the network and put the COMEDY CENTRAL touch on such a classic game/variety show," said Corrao. "Dave is the perfect guy to host this series. His dry, comedic wit paired with the outspoken personalities of our celebrity judges and the outrageous acts will create a fresh, new take on the famed series."

"Stars will be made, feelings will be hurt," said Attell.

"We are thrilled that COMEDY CENTRAL is going to introduce this iconic format from our library to a new generation of viewers and know that Happy Madison will bring their distinctive comedic filter to this beloved series," said Holly Jacobs, senior vice president syndication and reality, Sony Pictures Television.

Dave Attell is a COMEDY CENTRAL alum after hosting four seasons of the successful hit series, "Insomniac with Dave Attell," where he traveled city-to-city in search of late-night fun. Attell was most recently seen in his HBO one-hour stand-up special, "Captain Miserable," that aired in December 2007. Named one of the "25 Funniest People in America" by Entertainment Weekly, Attell shot several hour-long "Insomniac" specials overseas and hosted a two-hour special for COMEDY CENTRAL featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook in Las Vegas. He also appeared in his own half-hour stand-up special on COMEDY CENTRAL, "Comedy Central Presents: Dave Attell," and has made numerous appearances on "The Late Show with David Letterman," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien," "The Howard Stern Show" and "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," among others.

 

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