Las Vegas Backstage Talk

Bethany Owen, John Bizarre-Las Vegas Backstage Talk w/Comedian Michele LaFong

Jan. 26, 2012  6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV & The Web

Singing Impressionist Bethany Owen, guests on LVBST Radio Show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Bethany Owen is known as the Woman of 1001 Voices and Faces and holds the world title of “Best Female Voice Impressionist”. She has the ability to mimic the human voice. She has over 50 famous female superstars that she includes in her one-woman stage show.

Bethany combines her music, comedy in her impressions of Cher, Marilyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Liza and Judy Garland, to name a few. She has perfected the looks of the character with spot on body language and facial expressions.

For more about Bethany Owen, click here.

You can catch “One Voice – Starring Bethany Owen” at The Rio All Suite Casino and Hotel

Opening Day on Jan. 27, on-going Tuesday – Sunday 2:30pm Daily

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Film Maker / Comic – John Bizarre

The wildly animated “cartoonish” face of JOHN BIZARRE, coupled with his rapid pace and quick delivery have landed him numerous T.V. and film appearances. A club favorite, John’s peculiar and unconventional take on human existence has won him die-hard fans across the county.

John Bizarre has been featured on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The District with Craig T. Nelson, The Drew Carey Show, Talk Soup and The Test on E! Entertainment. He has also appeared on MTV, Showtime, A&E, FOX, Comedy Central, dozens of commercials, and authored two books, Giving You The Stink Eye and It So Doesn’t Suck To Be You.

Bizarre will soon be featured in Comedian Michele LaFong’s Syndicated Monthly “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” Column In Casino Player Magazine, and “Getting Personal with the Stars” Syndicated Monthly Column in Gaming Today.

John’s videotaped in-studio interview is posted on lasvegasbackstagetalk.com

For more about John Bizarre, click here.

You can listen to a recording of our show below! 

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Harry Basil-Las Vegas Backstage talk w/Comedian Michele LaFong

Jan. 19, 2012 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV & The Web

Comedian/ Director Harry Basil guests on LVBST Radio Show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Harry received a lot of “Respect” from the man who “gets none”, when Rodney featured Harry in two of his HBO specials. Harry’s love for the movies really paid off when he co-wrote and co-produced three of Rodney Dangerfield’s movies. “Ladybugs” for Paramount Pictures, “Meet Wally Sparks” for Trimark, and “My Five Wives” co-starring Andrew Dice Clay and SNL’s Molly Shannon, for Artisan . In all three films Harry worked closely with legendary Director Sidney Furie through every aspect of the filmmaking process.

Harry moved out to Hollywood and created a stand-up comedy act at the world famous Comedy Store. He quickly made a name for himself in the comedy circuit headlining in Las Vegas and other major venues around the country. He was in big demand as an opening act for such stars as Gloria Estafan, Liza Minelli, The Beach Boys, the Pointer Sisters, Chuck Berry and Rodney Dangerfield.

Harry will soon be managing The Laugh Factory at The Tropicana H & C, Gallagher’s future new full-time comedy room.

Gallagher will be featured in Comedian Michele LaFong’s Syndicated Monthly Column “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” in Casino Player Magazine, as well as “Getting Personal with the Stars” LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated Column in Gaming Today.

You can catch Harry live at Harrah’s Las Vegas
Headlining at The Improv Comedy Club, Jan.17th – 22th
Showtime: 8:30PM, 10:30PM

For reservations
You can listen to a recording of our show below!

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Jan. 14, 2012: It Took Paula Poundstone To Make LaFong’s Jaw Drop!

Yes. It’s true. Paula Poundstone made my jaw drop! I suppose my husband was right. I was capable all along!

It really does take a lot to make my jaw drop. I guess that I was shocked that it was even possible for a comedian to perform a hilarious, lull-free, smart, clean show of all new relevant material, while working the crowd masterfully. Paula Poundstone did it with ease, for almost two hours straight! (No pun intended.) Talk about underselling, and over delivering!

Yesterday, after interviewing Paula on “Las Vegas Backstage Now,” currently “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” with Comedian Michele LaFong, on 1230AM KLAV in Las Vegas, and The Web.  I was fascinated by Poundstone’s humble self-reference as “Just a Little Joke Teller, and very importantly, a single mom of three.” I couldn’t imagine that her new act was just that: A new act. But it was. Wow! What a concept. It’s not like some of us comics have never written new acts. Of course we have. All the time, and funny ones too! It’s just that…well…when the time comes to perform it, we realize that audiences deserve the “tried and tested” material.

You see, a lot of us performers are doing the same old crap on stage, time after time because we are humanitarians. We sacrifice our own need to branch out and grow, for the sake of our paying audiences. Yeah…I believe that. And if I were a drag queen, my name would be Dee Nile! I guess I realize all of this now, after watching a “super-pro” like Paula Poundstone.

I hadn’t seen Paula’s show in its entirety, in a very long time. I kept waiting for the old “snicker bar commercial bit,” or “I’ve never been rich enough to be a republican” bit, or some other old familiar staple. Instead, she was always present, and “in the moment,”completely plugged in to any whispers or extra noises in the room, piping in with hilarious comments, and comebacks, while simultaneously weaving in and out of her new material. Although Paula Poundstone’s act is always uniquely funny, her real strength lies in working the crowd.

During my interview with Paula, she stated that chatting with the audience, is what she truly enjoys doing the most. It really showed too! Everyone was engaged, invested, and having a great time. Who would have figured that a comic, that is a single mom with three that proclaims on stage that she dislikes sex with ANYONE, lives with sixteen cats, two dogs, and other creatures, would be such a “people person?” But a “people person” she is! After the show, Paula did a meet and greet, posing for pictures with her long line of fans. What a great show, and a wonderful value.

Paula Poundstone will be my Feature Interview in Michele LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated “Getting Personal with the Stars” Column in Casino Player Magazine, July edition 2013, as well “Las Vegas backstage Talk’s Syndicated Monthly Column, in Casino Player Magazine.

Paula Poundstone is appearing at The Orleans Showroom, Jan. 13- 14 at 8pm
Tickets start at $19.95 plus tax. Call (702) 365-7075

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Paula Poundstone, Scott Record, Jeff Capri-Las Vegas Backstage Talk w/Comedian Michele LaFong

Jan. 12, 2012  6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV & The Web

Paula Poundstone guests on LVBST Radio Show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Poundstone began nurturing her stand-up comedy talent in 1979 on the Boston comedy scene before moving to San Francisco. She starred in multiple HBO comedy specials and appeared on “Saturday Night Live.” Poundstone received a Cable ACE Award for a comedy special for her one-hour HBO special “Cats, Cops, and Stuff.” She received her second Cable ACE Award for her self-titled HBO talk show series.

Continuing with many successes throughout the 1990s, Poundstone starred in “The Paula Poundstone Show” on ABC and many other television appearances, incuding an HBO Speacial. Poundstone is the recipient of an EmmyR Award for her field pieces on the PBS program “Life & Times.”

Poundstone will be featured in Michele LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” column in Casino Player Magazine, and is LaFong’s Feature Interview in “Getting Personal with the Stars” Column in July’s issue of CP Magazine.

For more about Paula, click HERE.

You can catch Paula live at The Orleans
Orleans Showroom,
Jan.13 & 14 8:00pm

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Comedian/Impressionist – Scott Record

Scott is one of the most requested headliners on several of the world’s most elite cruise lines. Corporate appearances make up yet another large percentage of Scott’s current schedule. Many Fortune 500 companies such as KMPG, Lucent, Warner Lambert, IBM, ATT, Chrysler, Ford, Isuzu, Phillip Morris, GE, Sunoco, American Airlines, Sun Microsystems, Pfizer, Kraft Nabisco and Motorola have enjoyed Scott’s performances and continually book him for return engagements. Scott has a great web site, check it out especially his great videos.

For more info about Scott, CLICK HERE!

You can catch Scott live at Harrah’s Las Vegas
The Improv Comedy Club, Jan.10th – 15th
Showtime:8:30PM, 10:30PM

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Comedian – Jeff Capri

Described by many as “Energetically laid back,” Jeff Capri is one of very few second generation comics working today. Jeff’s observational comedic palette takes a different direction than his father’s Dick Capri’s classic Catskill style. Jeff covers everything from pop-culture, biographical and political twists as well as a silly pun or two.

For more info about Jeff, click here!

You can catch Jeff live at Harrah’s Las Vegas
The Improv Comedy Club, Jan.10th – 15th
Showtime: 8:30PM, 10:30PM

For reservations
You can listen to a recording of our show below!

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Frank Marino, Tom Stevens-Las Vegas Backstage Talk w/Comedian Michele LaFong

Jan. 5, 2012 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV & The Web

Frank Marino, Star & Producer of “Divas Las Vegas” guests on LVBST Radio Show w/Comedian Michele LaFong.

From “Divas Las Vegas”, we welcome Frank Marino, who is featured in an all star cast of superstar female impersonators who not only recreate but almost uncannily duplicate the likenesses of stars ranging from Britney Spears to Cher and Diana Ross to Beyonce even Madonna and Dolly Parton have been known to stop by. Meanwhile, Marino in his role as the show’s emcee and star changes between every act bringing an international whirlwind of couture to the stage with each spectacular entrance.

Frank will soon be featured in Comedian Michele LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated Column, “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” in Casino Player Magazine, and “Getting Personal with the Stars” Syndicated Column in Gaming Today.

For more info about Frank Marino, click here!

You can catch “Divas Las Vegas”live at Imperial Palace, now The Quad
At Imperial Theatre
Showtimes:10:00pm Nightly – Dark Fridays

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Singer, Impressionist – Tom Stevens

In honor of Elvis Presley’s 77th birthday, applauded singer-impressionist and comedian Tom Stevens brings his Elvis tribute show to the Suncoast Showroom for two performances, January 7 and 8, each evening at 7:30 p.m.

While Stevens is well-known for impressions of a wide range of celebrities – including Jerry Lewis, Jimmy Stewart, Bill Clinton, George Burns, Paul Lynde, Johnny Carson, Jay Leno, Carol Channing, Bill Cosby and Robert DeNiro – his Suncoast performance will be all Elvis. Walking, talking and dressing like The King himself, Stevens will perform many of Elvis’ hits, including gospel and country songs.

For more about Tom, click here.

You can catch Tom bringing his Elvis tribute showto The Suncoast
Suncoast Showroom, Jan. 7 & 8, 7:30pm

For reservations
You can listen to a recording of our show below!

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