Barris’ first autobiography, host Dick Clark to document whether Clark was taking money in exchange for promoting records on his show, a practice commonly known as “payola”.Barris’ notes were ultimately presented to a House subcommittee, while Clark was absolved of any accusations against him.But, Barris' real life stuff is what fascinates me most."Palisades Park" then crazy television success into his current status as a writer.
What most people don't know is that Barris allegedly spent close to two decades as a decorated covert assassin for the CIA. Real or not, Barris' spy stories, while made-for-the-big-screen in tone and content, are fun to read. Personally, I read it because I felt I owed him one.
I had a daughter who was a druggie who I could see as an example.
His father, who died of a stroke, was reportedly a dentist and/or worked in textiles, and Barris yearned to take a different career path.
At the end of the film, the camera intimates on the then septuagenarian Barris' face while Sam Rockwell's voice over tells of an edifying new game show Barris has thought up. From the film you are left wishing that Chuck Barris could just appreciate what he did and what a spectacular life he's led and that, critics be damned, he did make worthwhile hilarity on tv, he did buck the system and he seemed to have more laughs than anyone else. It's refreshing and gives you a really interesting bit of insight into a time period and (especially) individual that we of the later generations view with a sort of sepia-tinted nostalgically hokey glow.
Reading the book, you get a sense that maybe he did know some of those things. Whether any of it is true or not is really of no consequence: the book is worth the read. Barris writes with a raunchy punch and his brazenly honest confessions make him in Side-splittingly hilarious. It's refreshing and gives you a really interesting bit of insight into a time period and (especially) individual that we of the later generations view with a sort of sepia-tinted nostalgically hokey glow.