Regarding the Chuck Barris column:
Like Cecil, I also assume that “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind” is fiction. However, at least one thing in the movie rang true.
Sorry to say I was a regular viewer of the “Gong Show.” In my memory, toward the end of its run, Barris became quite erratic. He had his characteristic clapping and stumbling around for alot of the run of the show, but toward the end it appeared that he really was completely out of it, and really did not give a shit, whether from drugs or lack of sleep or whatever. It really was quite sad to watch toward the end.
The movie portrays this on-air breakdown, and attributes it to everything in his secret life finally getting the better of him. Whatever the cause, I certainly recall seeing that breakdown in progress. Does anyone else have a similar recollection?