The CIA adamantly denied Barris’ employment, calling the whole thing “ridiculous.” is a must-read for anyone who enjoys the madcap adventures of a freethinker who takes pleasure in subverting the system from within.
In the book, Barris reveals the indisputable genius that led to the creation of his game show, each more outrageous than the next, gently cultivating a taste for reality television with its sly nods and winks at all the things you couldn’t say on TV, until he came on the scene.
Now, the plot twist, as on Barris could envision it. In 1961, ABC had reneged on an agreement to finance a pilot of After Barris goes to a bar and gets kicked out for fighting, he is approached by CIA agent Jim Byrd, who recruits him as an assassin and flies him out on his first assignment to Mexico After he returned home, ABC greenlighted the show, and Barris kicked off a crazy double life when he found a crafty way to bridge the two.
In the book he explains that he went with the winning couple as a chaperone, taking them to random places where he had assignments for the CIA like Helsinki, Finland, in the dead of winter.
quoted Barris as saying, “That’s the easiest question of all.who later claimed to have moonlighted as an assassin for the CIA, died Tuesday in his Palisades, N. After abandoning the television industry in the early ’80s, Barris’ next chapter proved to be even more bizarre than any of the contestants on his signature talent show. He ended up taking over hosting duties after the original host was fired, and the show became a cult hit around odd-ball contestants like the “Unknown Comic,” who wore a paper bag over his head as he delivered his one-liners.Like any great Barris production, it’s entirely too much—yet you can’t look away.You find yourself more than willing to suspend disbelief for the sake of a great story. Dubbed the “The King of Schlock,” Barris found success in the mid-60s as the creator of , hit the airwaves in 1976.