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Submitted by Douglas Newsom on 17 May 2021

John Barbour's World with John Barbour

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John Barbour "the godfather of reality TV" created, co-hosted, co-produced, and wrote 'Real People' - the first reality show, which was number one on NBC for three years during the early 1980's.

Barbour moved to the United States in the early sixties. His comedy act, particularly his 1965 album, It's Tough to Be White, dealt in part with civil rights and black-white relations.

Barbour hosted the pilot for The Gong Show in the mid '70s, and was a regular panelist on the 1988 Canadian (US syndicated) version of Liar's Club.

Barbour portrayed game show host Harry Monte in a 1975 episode of Sanford and Son.

John Produced, Wrote, and Hosted 'Ernie Kovacs: TV's Original Genius,'for Showtime that aired later on PBS. At the time it was reviewed as 'the best documentary about a performer!'

He also directed and wrote the 1992 documentary The JFK Assassination: The Jim Garrison Tapes. This film covers the investigation of District Attorney Jim Garrison, who, after the 1963 assassination of John F. Kennedy, decided to further investigate the official report given by the Warren Commission. The documentary hypothesizes connections between the assassination and the FBI, the CIA, the Mafia, the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Vietnam War, and other organizations and foreign affairs issues. The film won an award in 1993 at the San Sebastian Film Festival in Spain.

Talk Show Program Archives for Podcasting

John Barbours World , November 30, 2015 with Special Guests Harlan Ellison and JP Sottile
John Barbours World , November 16, 2015 with Special Guest Rebekah Roth
John Barbours World, November 2, 2015 with Special Guest Cindy Sheehan
John Barbours World, October 19, 2015 with Special Guests David Lispi and Joe P Sottile
John Barbours World, October 5, 2015 with Special Guests John Potash and Joe Sottile
John Barbours World, September 21, 2015 with Special Guest Steven Druker
John Barbours World, September 9, 2015 with Special Guest Dr Judy Wood
John Barbours World, September 7, 2015 with Special Guest Russ Wittenberg
John Barbours World, August 24, 2015 with Special Guest Cynthia McKinney
John Barbours World, August 17, 2015 with Special Guest Gallagher
John Barbours World, August 10, 2015 with Jim Marrs
John Barbours World, July 27, 2015 with Rosie Cutter
John Barbours World, July 13, 2015 with Merlin Miller Presidential Candidate & JP Sotille
John Barbours World, June 29, 2015 with Mike Palacek and James Fetzer
John Barbours World, June 15, 2015 with Donald Jeffries
John Barbours World, June 1, 2015 with Christopher Hedges
Intimate with Jeff Rense on John Barbour's World, May 18, 2015 Guest, Jeff Rense
John Barbours World, May 4, 2015 Guest, Joe Sottile
John Barbours World, April 20, 2015 Guest, Kitty Kelley
John Barbours World, April 6, 2015 Guest, Mark Crispin Miller

Featured Guests

Guest, JP Sottile April 17, 2017
Guest, Cynthia McKinney April 03, 2017
Guest, JP Sottile April 03, 2017
Guest, John Dean March 20, 2017
Guest, JP Sottile March 20, 2017
Guest, Abby Martin March 06, 2017
Guest, Wayne Madsen February 20, 2017
Guest, Mark Shaw February 06, 2017
Guest, Tim Conway Jr January 23, 2017
Guest, Ray McGovern January 09, 2017
Guest, Christopher Hedges December 26, 2016
Guest, Wayne Madsen December 12, 2016
Guest, Geno Munari November 28, 2016
Guest, Judyth Vary Baker November 14, 2016
Guest, Michael Parenti October 31, 2016
Guest, Rosie Cutter October 17, 2016
Guest, Joan Mellen October 03, 2016
Guest, Ken OKeefe September 19, 2016
Guest, Rebecca Gordon September 05, 2016
Guest, Lance deHaven-Smith August 22, 2016
John Barbour
Las Vegas
Retired writer-producer-TV host-actor-stand-up comic-critic-and fireman on the CNR

Lucille Ball's favorite writer, aside from the wonderful writers of her show, was John Barbour. She said for the ten years that John was the film critic for Los Angeles Magazine, she couldn't wait for the beginning of the month just to read his reviews. And watch him on KNBC's six o'clock news!

And when Bob Wood was President of CBS TV he said, 'If Mark Twain had a microphone and camera, he'd be doing a lot of what John is doing!'

John changed the face of American TV as the Creator, Co-Host, Producer, and principal writer of 'Real People,' the country's first trend-setting reality show!

When John was crafting the number one show in TV for three years, his commitment was always to STORY and PURPOSE!

John's story... and what an amazing real story it is cannot be done justice in a few words, so go explore it, and know that after John's documentary about John Kennedy's assassination, 'The Garrison Tapes' won the '93 San Sebastian film festival Award, then John decided to retire.

It had taken him over twenty years to tell Jim's story, and even though it was and still is ignored by nearly all media in America, John felt that at least it was finally out there. It was the most important story he could ever tell; and so why try to tell any others.

So, he retired. To play golf. In Las Vegas. And now he shares his incredible story...

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