If you like reality shows, you can't get any more painfully real than this. Amateur singers, dancers, comedians, and even a magician or two found their way on the air, thanks to the stringent auditioning litmus test of the show's host, and occasional crooner Frank Masi.
In 2006, there was quite a flurry of activity surrounding the show, as it made its first appearance on youtube. Jennifer Sharpe, a radio producer/reporter and collector of cultural ephemera, interviewed me for an NPR story. At the same time, Doug and I co-hosted a screening of clips from the show at the now defunct Monkeytown in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The screening also featured live performances from two of the show's original alumni. A reporter from The Village Voice attended the show, interviewed me over the phone shortly after and wrote an article about it.
Do yourselves a favor and check out some of this stuff. Even if I wasn't one of the people behind its resurgence, I'd still go crazy over the amazement that most certainly awaits you.
Here's the youtube channel I recently set up and uploaded dozens of clips to.
And in case you need some further evidence to egg you on, here are a few of the most popular clips.