Last week, ABC announced its upcoming reboot of “The Gong Show” would be hosted by British comedian Tommy Maitland, a name that sent even the most voracious fans of British comedy scurrying to Google in order to answer the question: “Tommy who?”
Maitland, as we since learned, is the newest alter ego from Mike Myers, who gave us our first look at the new character on Tuesday night’s edition of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!”
Called over to the desk by guest host (and “Gong Show” exec producer Will Arnett, filling in for Kimmel as he and wife Molly attend to their newborn son following his open-heart surgery), the “Wayne’s World”/”Austin Powers” star gave fans a taste of what we can expect when the new version of the off-kilter talent show debuts in June.
Practically unrecognizable under thick layers of prosthetics (including a Jay Leno-like chin), Myers has gone full-on method for his portrayal of Maitland, ostensibly a 72-year-old U.K. funnyman whose catchphrases include “Who’s a cheeky monkey?” and “You’ve got no proof!”
“I love America, you’re fantastic,” declares Myers/Maitland. “You’re like a giant love popsicle. I want to eat you all the way to the stick.”
He then goes on to goof on fellow Canadian Arnett: “You look like a cross between George Hamilton and a Crest whitestrip… do you know what your nickname is in England? Mr. Hand Sanitizer.” (You’ll have to watch the video, above, to catch the naughty punchline that explains the meaning behind the nickname).
We’ll be seeing a lot more of this new character when “The Gong Show” premieres on June 22.