Gene-Gene, the Dancing Machine

The talent show spoof THE GONG SHOW/SYN/1976-80 featured the occasional appearance of Gene Patton, a beefy black stagehand affectionately known as “Gene Gene, the Dancing Machine.”


Gene earned his nickname from the dance he performed which looked like someone doing the twist and walking like an old man. When Gene wiggled onto the stage, the audience and celebrity panel gave him a rousing applause.

See also“Gene Gene the Dancing Machine” – The Gong Show @ You Tube


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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