“You Have Given Us Something We Never Had Before”

Did Chuck Barris, that master of the inside, absurdist joke, understand the greatness of Oingo Boingo when the group appeared on the Gong Show in 1976? One would think. Comedian Buddy Hackett, clearly unable to process what just happened, quickly reverts to default mode, making a crude joke about purchasing a prostitute for a sexually inexperienced teenager. Directly after the show, Barris decamped to Nicaragua where he murdered several spies. One of the greatest things in the history of things.

How many prostitutes will you require, Mr. Hackett?

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