Las Vegas Backstage Talk

Ray Romano, Al Jardine

May 28, 2015

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Ray & LaFong








Ray Romano, and original Beach Boy Al Jardine, guest on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Ray Romano, the star from one of the most respected comedy sitcoms in television history, Everybody Loves Raymond, teams up with David Spade, the wise-cracking, power-hungry assistant from Just Shoot Me, for an evening of hilarious banter as they share our stage together.

The Mirage, Ray Romano, with David Spade, May 29 & 30

Al Jardine- The original Beach Boys









Al Jardine, returns on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong

Al Jardine will join Brian Wilson on the road this summer for Brian’s ‘No Pier Pressure’ Summer 2015 Tour. Starting at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA and then hitting sixteen more cities in the US and eight in the UK, Brian will perform songs from his forthcoming Capitol album, No Pier Pressure, as well as top hits and fan favorites spanning his 50-year career with The Beach Boys and as a solo artist. Rodriguez, star of the Oscar-winning documentary Searching for Sugarman, will open the concerts with a special set. Brian will also be joined by former band-mate Blondie Chaplin, who recently joined Brian on tour and sang “Sail On, Sailor” and “Wild Honey.”

For all the confirmed dates and venues:


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Gary Puckett, Amazing Johnathan

 Gary Puckett

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Gary Puckett and The Amazing Johnathan guest on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Gary Puckett performs at The South Point Showroom June 5 & 6 at 7:30pm.

GARY PUCKETT and the UNION GAP was one of the most successful musical groups of the sixties. Gary’s unmistakable signature voice garnered six consecutive gold records and top ten Billboard hits. GARY PUCKETT has performed on more than thirty network television shows and prime time specials during his career, even adding a command performance for the President and Prince Charles at the White House. The Union Gap disbanded in the seventies. In 1974, “Young Girl” was reissued in England where it received a silver record award for attaining a top five position on the pop charts, several years after its initial release.

Gary continues to tour nationally & internationally, has a new album out now, “GARY PUCKETT – LIVE”, and has recently released his first ever Chrismas CD, entitled “At Christmas”.

The Amazing Johnathan

The Amazing Johnathan








The Amazing Johnathan returns to Las Vegas Backstage Talk with Comedian Michele LaFong.

The Amazing Johnathan, is an American stand-up comedian/magician. His act is mostly composed of hijinks, interaction with one specific audience member, and a few legitimate magic tricks. Since 2001, he has been a year-round headliner in Las Vegas. Self-described as the “Freddy Krueger of Comedy”, Johnathan usually performs wearing his ever-present headband and his shows frequently use gore, such as pretending to suck on his own hanging eyeball, cutting his wrists, and skewering his own tongue. He is also good friends with fellow performer Criss Angel, and has helped Angel perform a variety of illusions, most notably during his three guest appearances on Mindfreak.


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Jon Taffer, Dave Attell

May 14, 2015

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Jon Taffer, star and executive producer,  of “Bar Rescue,” on Spike TV returns, and Comic Dave Attell guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

In the summer of 2011, Spike TV debuted “Bar Rescue,” a documentary-style series spotlighting Jon Taffer as he gives struggling restaurants and bars a last chance to succeed.  Focusing on one establishment each week, the series puts Taffer at the heart of the storm: helping to improve every facet of an American restaurant or bar: from its theming to staffing, pricing to promotions, menus to music.  If there’s anyone who can save it from going belly-up, it’s Jon Taffer.  If not, it’s toast.

Within the greater nightclub, bar and restaurant industry, there is no greater authority than Jon Taffer.  With close to three decades of hands-on experience, Taffer is two-time winner of the Bar Operator of the Year award, among a myriad of other honors, and his renowned method of management, “Taffer Dynamics,” has become the gold standard of the industry.  As chairman of Taffer Dynamics and President of the Nightclub & Bar Media Group, Taffer is a highly respected industry expert, management guru and television star as well.  Taffer is a coveted keynote speaker at major industry conventions and events.

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Comic/Writer Dave Attell

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Dave Attell is currently the creator and host of “Dave’s Old Porn” on Showtime. “Dave’s Old Porn” has featured such talent as Whitney Cummings, Chelsea Handler, Adam Carolla and Daniel Tosh. Season two will be airing this fall.

After four seasons of “Insomniac,” Attell taped several hour-long “Insomniac” specials overseas in Japan, Germany, England and Brazil. Once back in the states, he headed out on a thirty-five city theatre tour ending in Vegas, where he hosted a two-hour special for Comedy Central featuring Sean Rouse, Greg Geraldo and Dane Cook, some of the biggest comics in the country.

Dave Attell has made numerous appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Howard Stern Show,” “Last Call with Carson Daly” and “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart”. He also appeared in Chris Rock’s cult film “Pootie Tang”. Other television credits include FOX’s “Arrested Development,” NBC’s “Ed,” HBO, Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn” and his own half-hour stand-up special “Comedy Central Presents Dave Attell.”  For more info:

Dave Attell & Jeffrey Ross at Mandalay Bay May 15

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Jay Leno, Cory Wells

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May 7, 2015

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Jay Leno, and Cory Wells, original member of Three Dog Night guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Emmy Award-winner Jay Leno will perform his witty stand-up comedy act inside the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage Friday, May 15. Leno’s comedic style and generous personality have earned him millions of fans worldwide.

Date: Friday, July 11
Time: 10 p.m.
Prices: $59.99, $69.99 and $79.99 (not including applicable service charges and taxes)
Buy: Tickets can be purchased at the Terry Fator box office, online at or, or by calling (800) 963-9634 or (702) 792-7777.

Cory Wells-Founder of Three Dog Night









Cory Wells, (far right) founder of Three Dog Night guests on LV Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong.  LVBST is the only show that really “Gets Personal with the Stars.”

With hits like Mama Told Me (Not To Come), Joy to The World, Black And White, Shambala, Easy To Be Hard, An Old Fashioned Love Song, The Show Must Go On, One,  Never Been To Spain, Liar, Eli’s Coming, The Family Of Man, Out In The Country, Try A Little Tenderness, are just a few reasons why this band has stood the test of time, and attracting new fans, recording new music, but still playing the hits.

Will be at The Cannery on June 27

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LV Backstage Talk column

By Michele LaFong

May 2015

Las Vegas Backstage Talk column in Casino Player Magazine and Gaming Today

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Steve Byrne, Gregory Popovich

April 30, 2015

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Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne, star of the new hit TBS half hour comedy sitcom Sullivan & Son, and Gregory Popovich guest on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio Show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

In the three segment interview with Host, Comedian Michele LaFong, Steve spoke about his fifteen year stand-up career, and long-time frendships with three of the cast members that he brought onto TBS’ new hit series including Actor Vince Vaughn.

Described by many as the new “Cheers,” The show is based on Steve Sullivan (played by Byrne) leaving behind his life in New York as a successful corporate attorney to take over the family bar in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood. The first ten episodes averaged over 2.5 million viewers and new episodes will appear on TBS in 2013.

Steve’s standup has been featured on several shows including NBC’s The Tonight Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, and TBS’s Conan. He has also appeared in the hit comedies The Dilemma, Couples Retreat, and Four Christmases. His most recent hour special, The Byrne Identity, premiered last year on Comedy Central to rave reviews.

A true international comedian, Byrne has performed to sold-out crowds around the world. He has been a featured comic at the Just For Laughs Festival (in Montreal, Toronto and Chicago), and he has been a part of several national comedy tours including Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Tour, The Kims Of Comedy, and most recently The Sullivan & Son Comedy Tour. As a big supporter of the US troops, Steve has headlined several USO tours in Afghanistan, Iraq, Japan and Guam.

Steve’s lack of ego and outstanding work ethic has helped him become one of today’s most respected comedians.

More about Steve Byrne here–>

World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Gregory Popovich guests on LVBST with Comedian Michele LaFong in-studio.

Comedy Pet Theater features an amazing cast of housecats, dogs, parrots. even geese and mice! Critics describe it as a unique blend of comedy, world-champion juggling, and the extraordinary talents of more than 30 performing pets. Gregory Popovich has rescued the animals from shelters all over the country and transformed them into Las Vegas stars! Popovich was a Finalist on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” and is a fifth-generation circus performer who learned early on how to develop strong bonds with animals. He released his first book “You CAN Train Your Cat” in late 2009 and has been featured on The Tonight Show, David Letterman and in USA Today, just to name a few. Comedy Pet Theater performs daily at The V-Theater Planet Hollywood H&C . See below for schedule or for more information call (702) 260-7200

For more info about Popovitch, CLICK HERE!

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