It's just middle-of-the-road greatness," Barris told the Associated Press. Barris joined in with the eccentricity of the format, using unusual props, dressing in colorful and somewhat unusual clothing such as the occasional hat pulled over his head, if not his eyes , he became yet another performer of the show, and for many, quite a cult hero. Overall this was a very enjoyable film with it's own unique dark tone and comic content. It's 'The Gong Show' and that's a shame. In addition, there was a growing "cast of characters", including an NBC stage carpenter who played "Father Ed," a priest who would get flustered when his cue cards were deliberately turned upside-down; Canadian comedian Murray Langston , who as "The Unknown Comic" wore a paper bag over his head with cut-outs for his eyes, mouth, and even a box of Kleenex , and " Gene Gene the Dancing Machine " Gene Patton , arguably the most popular member of the "cast", the show's prop man, who would show up and dance whenever the band played the song " Jumpin' at the Woodside ". Considering this is his debut as director he does a surprisingly assured job and has a good sense of style. They suggested that Barris quit his programming job and become a producer.