Books by Chuck Barris

DELLA by Chuck Barris
Released: June 1, 2010

"Straight from the confessional—one hopes the writing was cathartic, because it's awfully painful reading."
Former TV-show creator and producer Barris (Who Killed Art Deco?, 2009, etc.) offers "snapshots" of his daughter's doomed life. Read full book review >
WHO KILLED ART DECO?  by Chuck Barris
Released: June 1, 2009

"Once he kicks into gear, Barris is as antic in mystery mode as in any other. Like a more linear Tim Dorsey, the former Gong Show host (The Big Question, 2007, etc.) deadpans his way through his detection debut, delivered shotgun style with no twists, turns or detours."
When a Park Avenue swinger is decked in his duplex, it takes an ex-podiatrist to give the killer the boot. Read full book review >
THE BIG QUESTION by Chuck Barris
Released: May 1, 2007

"As with Barris's shows, readers might find themselves laughing despite their better instincts."
Though the novel plainly isn't this notorious television producer's strong suit, there's some guilty pleasure in reading about how the man responsible for The Gong Show and The Newlywed Game takes his revenge on reality TV. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2004

"From the dental work and the tan to the madness in his humor as a TV personality and his gunslinging, Barris has always been touched by the surreal, and it fits foursquare into this piece of work."
Barris may well be living purely in his extravagant head, but this sequel to Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (1984) has enough off-balance humor and burnished bravado to keep readers tuned in. Read full book review >
THE GAME SHOW KING by Chuck Barris
Released: Nov. 15, 1993

Raunchy, disorderly memoir from the man who bestowed The Gong Show, The Dating Game, The Newlywed Game, and other entertainments on the American public. Barris devotes much—too much—space here to his recent retirement years in St. Tropez, focusing on his friendships with some eccentric Frenchman and his obsession with the game of boule. He also ventures such comments on his current hosts as, ``Frenchmen never change their clothes...And Frenchmen don't bathe, at least most of the Parisian taxi drivers don't.'' But the one-time (mostly 70's) Nielsen darling hasn't completely forgotten his audience, and in between the French sections he serves up a ribald account of his time at the top, going right for the groin on his opening page, a description of the notorious episode on The Gong Show (on which bad acts performed until a celebrity judge slammed a mallet into a giant gong) that featured the Popsicle Twins, pretty teenagers who performed fellatio on orange popsicles. Readers who venture further will learn about the early days of Barris's first show, The Dating Game, originally plagued by obscenity-spouting contestants; about the author's first big TV special, featuring rock-'n'-roller Cass Elliot, who ``was most definitely fat. And dank''; about how Barris was masturbated during dinner by a 17-year-old ``with the face of a sad horse'' while future Hollywood powerhouse Mike Medavoy danced with a lampshade on his head; and about how, back in France, Ted Kennedy cavorted on Barris's yacht. There's a bit of introspection, too (``some of those antics of mine can make me moan with embarrassment''), perhaps prompted by a 60-ish Barris's recent, failed comeback attempt, schlepping projects around L.A. to no avail. Which isn't surprising, judging from this latest Barris product, which deserves, with little ado, a big...Gong! (Photographs—not seen) (First printing of 40,000) Read full book review >