Las Vegas Backstage Talk

Helen Reddy, Dom Irrera, Desi Arnaz Jr.,- LVBST

Feb. 13, 2014- 6-7pm PST 1230am KLAV in Las Vegas & streaming live

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Helen Reddy







Pop Icon Helen Reddy, Comedian Dom Irrera, and Desi Arnaz Jr. guest on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Best known as a recording artist, Helen Reddy had more than a dozen Top 40 hits in the United States. She was the first Australian to win a Grammy Award and to have three #1 hits in the same year. In television, Helen was the first Australian to host her own one-hour weekly primetime variety show on an American network, along with several specials that were seen in over forty countries.

Her best-selling memoir The Woman I Am (Tarcher/Penguin), reveals that at the height of her career, Helen’s world was shattered by the death of both her parents and, simultaneously, the news that she had a rare and incurable disease, A riveting, frank and ultimately brave memoir, she recounts the emotional highs and lows that have shaped her life as an artist and as a complex woman, with a rich inner life sustained by a strong spiritual faith.

Helen Reddy is appearing at Orleans Showroom on Feb. 15 & 16

 Dom Irrera









Dom projects a charisma that firmly engages audiences from the moment he steps out on the stage! His first big break was in, Rodney Dangerfield’s, “Nothing Goes Right,” comedy special for HBO. Irrera’s own, “One Night Stand,” on HBO, earned him his first of several Cable ACE Awards for, “Best Stand-up Comedy Special.” He has appeared on: “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” “The View,” and several times on “Oprah.” Irrera also guest starred on episodes of “Seinfeld,” “Becker,” “Everybody Loves Raymond” and “King of Queens.” Film credits include a featured role in Robert Townsend’s, “Hollywood Shuffle,” a cameo in the Coen Brothers film, “The Big Lebowski,” and “The 4th Tenor,” starring his old pal Rodney Dangerfield.

When Dom Irrera takes the stage, he does not simply get on it–he owns it! Irrera will be appearing at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana Hotel & Casino, Feb. 10 through Sunday, Feb. 16.

Desi Arnaz Jr.









Part 2 will be aired of Desi Arnaz Jr.’s interview from last week.

In a rare interview, Desi Arnaz Jr. speaks of his life and promotes the upcoming “Dam Short Film Festival,” on Feb. 12-16 at the Historic Boulder Theatre, which he owns has since 1986,  and helps direct non-profit Boulder City Ballet Company (BCBC) with his wife, Amy Arnaz. For more info:

Boulder Theatre was built in 1932 during the construction of Hoover Dam and operated as a movie theatre until it could no longer compete with the new, modern movie theaters in Las Vegas. When it closed, Desi purchased the theatre and converted it into a live theatre where BCBC performs and where Desi has produced many shows including: “Ricci, Desi & Billy” (a new version of Dino, Desi & Billy), “An Evening with Linda Purl”, Torme’ Sings Torme’, “The Legacy of Laughter”, “An Evening with Lucille Ball” (starring Suzanne LaRusch as Lucille Ball), Michael Johnson, “A Tribute to Dean Martin” (by Ricci Martin), “Dam Short Film Festival”, “Chautauqua”, “The Nutcracker”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Swan Lake”, annual children’s dance recitals from Dance Etc. and many more shows. Haley Arnaz is his wife’s child from her first marriage and Desi adopted her when they married in 1987. Desi also has an older daughter, Julia, who lives on the east coast. Recently, Desi has performed “Babalu” (a show dedicated to the music of his father) with his sister Lucie Arnaz in NYC, Miami and in Washington D.C. at the Library of Congress. Most recently, Desi & Lucie appeared at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, discussing the music of I Love Lucy (1951) and performed two of their father’s songs – “Old Straw Hat” & “Cuban Pete” – with the accompaniment of Ron Abel on the piano.

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Lisa Lampanelli, Crystal Gayle-LVBST w/Comedian Michele LaFong

Feb. 14 2013- 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM KLAV in LV & The Web

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Lisa Lampanelli guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk with Comic Michele LaFong, on 1230AM in Las Vegas and The Web.

In a pre-recorded interview, Lisa tells us what we can expect her to talk about on her new hour of material this Saturday night at The Palms Hotel & Casino.

Lisa Lampanelli is Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup — a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. She has won accolades from The King of All Media Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.”

This equal opportunity offender is a regular on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows. And she has appeared on “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Lopez Tonight”, “Chelsea Lately”, and “Jimmy Kimmel Live”. And, she made a “big splash” when she joined the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

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

Lisa is appearing at The Pearl Concert Theatre at The Palms Hotel & Casino on Feb. 16, at 8pm.

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Crystal Gayle








Grammy Award Winner, Crystal Gayle talks to Comedian Michele LaFong about what it was like to start out in the shadows of her sister Loretta Lynn, and many other things that are not the normal struggles of every singer.

In the wake…her hit list of platinum and gold record sales was to be matched only by her awards and accolades.  CMA’s “Female Vocalist Of The Year,” for two consecutive years, she became a Grammy Award Winner for “Best Female Vocal Performance,” thanks to her beloved “Brown Eyes” – a song that she today admits she has never grown tired of singing.  Crystal swept the Academy Of Country Music Awards for three of their “Top Female Vocalist” statuettes.  As her music and her career path widened to mainstream audiences—so did her accolades.  She is the recipient of three “American Music Awards” –voted by the nation as America’s “Favorite Female Artist.”

The glamour and the mystique of the Crystal Gayle phenomena made her an instantly “ in demand”  artist.  From symphony halls to Carnegie Hall…from the best kept stages in Las Vegas to the prestige of the London Palladium… one word—“Crystal”—crossed musical genres and oceans.

Crystal Gayle will be appearing at The South Point Hotel & Casino Feb. 15 & 16 at 7:30pm.

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Gordie Brown, Jimmy Shubert-Las Vegas Backstage Talk w/Comedian Michele Lafong

Aug. 25, 2011  6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV & The Web

Singing Impressionist Gordie Brown guests on LVBST Radio Show with Comedian Michele LaFong.

Impressionist Legend Rich Little, Dana Carvey, Rich Natole, Tom Stevens, Bethany Owens, Scott Record, and many others recommend Gordie’s show.

Gordie will soon be featured in Michele LaFong’s Syndicated monthly “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” column in Casino Player magazine, as well as LaFong’s “Getting Personal with the Stars” syndicated column in Gaming Today.

Gordie was approached by Harrahs Corporation to headline his hilarious one-man show in Reno, Nevada where he received numerous awards, including “Entertainer of the Year”, “Best Comedian”, “Best Show” and “Best Entertainer”. Destined to return to Las Vegas, Gordie headlined several different venues such as The Golden Nugget, The Venetian, and Planet Hollywood, and made television appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman”, the “Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, and “EXTRA!”. Gordie then joined Celine Dion on the North American leg of her “Taking Chances” world tour, bringing audiences to their feet with his uniquely edgy and energetic combination of comedy, music and impressions. Returning to The Golden Nugget Casino in 2009, Gordie headlines in front of a live band in their newly renovated state-of-the-art theater, The Gordie Brown Showroom.

For more info about Gordie, click here!

You can catch him live at Las Vegas Golden Nugget
Tuesday – Saturday 7:30 p.m. at The Gordie Brown Showroom

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Comedian/Actor – Jimmy Shubert

Jimmy Shubert has built an impressive resume as an actor, both in film and on television. As a comedian, he is recognized as one of the most successful comedians working today, headlining comedy clubs, casinos and theaters across the country. Now Jimmy is adding another title to his resume of producer. In 2007 it was a labor of love for the actor a short film, “Alive N’ Kickin,” which is a companion piece to his new hour-long stand-up comedy special which won top ten comedy DVD’s for 2009 by Punchline Magazine, which he wrote and produced.

You can find him at Las Vegas Hilton in a limited engagement at the Shimmer Cabaret.
Jimmy Shubert in Icons of Comedy Series 10:00 p.m. Aug. 24th-28th

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