Sunny Side Up Book Review of Chuck Barris’ “Confessions Of A Dangerous Mind”

I find myself with a few sporadic minutes during my day and I often fill them with the consumption of books. These readings lead to the notes that often become the inspiration of my articles. I have had a few people I consider friends publish their own books. After this alarming fact, I decided to jump on the opportunity to be lazy.

I wanted to start reviewing these books the NY Times won’t do due to the lack of connections. Amazon doesn’t mind burying those that lack a PR backing. But I choose to read and “embrace” them. I present to you the “Sunny Side Up Book Review”.

A few of had the strange opportunity to watch The Gong Show (original) on television and a few have seen it on reruns on various medium. The vast majority of people I know, minus a beloved 90-year-old woman, even talk about him anymore. I am one of the few. I would describe Chuck Barris as one of the best “well dressed” clowns I have ever seen.

This man seemed to have a knack for having fun and getting the best out of a clearly odd situation. The show was chaos with flimsy borders. It was cat herding with wet cardboard. And Barris was the shepherd.

I never knew the man wrote a book. He created television shows. He danced a decadent dance before the band Extreme was launched. But apparently he had a past that followed him and caused him to burn his life’s candle at both ends.

Confessions intermixed his television career with his work in the intelligence community. A person with an eagle eye can spy the dangerous liaison between the two mirroring his other inability to grasp on to one thing; if you haven’t figured it out it was women. I do not know if Barris needed this level of stimulation in his life or that is what he was dealt.

A dull minded person would spot the miseries in his life. Barris’ decisions, coupled with circumstance brought him both notoriety and death. His rewards were linked up with a level of mental punishment. His ultimate sentence was to survive as others around him disappeared as they were ephemeral figments.

You would ask me what was the upside of this book. I found a handful of great lessons. It should what would happen to a person that spurns simplicity and jams their internal compass to a non-existent “north”. It shows us that a tangled web weaved can catch the most stubborn spider. Added is the idea that the most gifted harlequin must face their harshest audience, themselves after the longest show.

For those that look past the unwritten adult life parables, the book was fun. It had adventure and descriptions of a bygone era, where lovers had fun before the adoption of rigidity. People had reasons to laugh instead of be offended. Anything goes did and so it went.

Although I know his personal history and its end, I encourage you to read through to the end. Chuckie-baby’s ultimate instruction to us is that a man can not be two things at once.

If you have a book that you or a friend have written that you would like to review; feel free to email

I am loathe to tell this book’s story when you should get a copy and read it yourself. You may do so at the link below.


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