In a few weeks, viewers will be reintroduced to wacky 1970s hit “The Gong Show” and meet the show’s host: famed British comedian Tommy Maitland.
Before you go heading to Google because you’ve never heard of him, Tommy Maitland is actually the latest character created by Mike Myers, bringing a whole other level of meta to a talent-free talent show in which celebrities bang a gong to end excruciating performances by awful acts.
We finally have our first look at Maitland in all his glory in the first trailer for the upcoming summertime series (above), with the comic bellowing his iconic catchphrase, “Who’s a cheeky monkey?”
The brief trailer for the Will Arnett-produced game show also showcases some of the celebrity judges, including Elizabeth Banks and “Hangover” co-stars Ken Jeong and Ed Helms.
As for the acts, well, they’re as weird — if not weirder — than the performers who stunk up the stage in the original show, including a pole dancer costumed as a dinosaur, an upside-down drummer and a wannabe rock star with a ukulele.
Viewers of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” got a taste of Maitland a few weeks back when Myers (costumed as his “Gong Show” alter ego) made a surprise appearance while fellow Canuck Will Arnett was guest hosting. Watch:
“The Gong Show” debuts on June 22.