"Everybody could relate to somebody wearing a lampshade and dancing around," Barris said.
"Bad acts are inherent in everyone." Acts who appeared included The Unknown Comic (Murray Langston), Danny Elfman, Paul Reubens and Barris' own mother, and at random moments, the host would call out Gene Gene the Dancing Machine (stagehand Gene Patton) to boogie for the audience to the tune of "Jumpin' at the Woodside." On one particularly crazy show, Morgan unbuttoned her blouse to reveal her breasts to the cameras, and Barris said she never worked on again.
Hosted by San Francisco radio personality Jim Lange, the program featured a bachelor or bachelorette asking three members of the opposite sex suggestive questions, then choosing one for a date.
He formed the public company Chuck Barris Productions in 1968 and sold his shares in the firm to producer Burt Sugarman in a 1986 deal that valued the company at about $86 million ($195 million today). After working various odd jobs, including traveling around the country selling teleprompters, Barris moved to New York and became an NBC page.
The firm was eventually acquired by producers Peter Guber and Jon Peters and then by Sony. The son of a dentist and a housewife, he graduated from Lower Merion High School and Drexel University, then landed a job in the foundry at U. He went through a management training program and took a sales job, but then the network fired everyone in the department. (Barris would also write the theme music for many of his game shows.) As a result of his work shadowing Clark, ABC sent Barris to Los Angeles as its director of daytime television on the West Coast.
His first show was , a failed pilot in which two celebrity panelists attempt to guess the professions of 16 guests just by their appearance. "I had brought prostitutes and policewoman on the show, and the policewomen wouldn't work with the prostitutes." Shortly after attending a civil rights rally in Selma, Ala., Barris left ABC to become an independent producer.
Living on his royalties from "Palisades Park," Barris developed in a 2002 interview.
, claimed to have been an assassin for the CIA — his implausible story became a fantastical 2002 movie directed by first-timer George Clooney and written by Charlie Kaufman — died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Palisades, N.