Rush Reference on ABC's The Gong Show
By now, most Rush fans have likely seen the viral video "Chops Sawyer". The YouTube video features a drumming puppet playing his sawdust heart out to Rush's Tom Sawyer, on a drum kit made of tin cans. The video has garnered over 1 million views in the 2+ years since it was posted.
The musician behind the kit, Ricky Syers, recently appeared on ABC's The Gong Show to reprise his alter-ego's performance. The judges watching the Rush-playing puppet included Dana Carvey, Tracee Ellis Ross, and Anthony Anderson. Syers faired well for a portion of his performance, but was ultimately gonged by Anderson.
You can watch Syers' performance below, or directly at this LINK. The entire episode is also available for steaming at this location.
Thanks to Ed from RushIsABand for sharing the news.