Las Vegas Backstage Talk

Russell Peters, Paul Reiser-LVBST w/ Comedian Michele LaFong

 August 22, 2013 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM & Web

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Russell Peters guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong on 1230AM in Las Vegas and The Web.

Russell Peters’ Notorious World Tour features all new material from the Brampton, Ontario raised comic. The tour has become the highest attended comedy show in the history of the United Arab Emirates, Oman, Lebanon, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia and his home country of Canada, selling out arenas of up to 16,000 fans. In Dubai, Peters was the fastest selling concert in the history of the Emirate outselling Madonna.

In November 2012, Peters became the first comedian to play Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center. More than 10,000 fans attended the show, making it the largest comedy show ever in the history of the New York City borough.

Peters’ last special, The Green Card Tour LIVE From the O2 Arena, was recorded in London in 2010.  The special was broadcast on Showtime, Comedy Central and Netflix USA and Netflix UK. In 2009, Peters set a UK attendance record for the highest attendance for a one-off comedy show with more than 16,000 fans attending his show at the O2 Arena. Peters also went on to have the highest attended comedy shows at Sydney, Australia’s Acer Arena and Melbourne’s Rod Laver Arena in 2010.

Starting in 2008, Peters was one of the first stand-up comedians to self-finance, self-produce and distribute his own comedy specials and DVDs, with Red, White and Brown and 2011’s, The Green Card Tour LIVE from the O2 Arena. The DVDs went on to sell more than 250,000 units across North America. Peters is currently developing original programming for Netflix.

Listed on the Forbes List as one of the top ten Highest Earning Comics in the U.S. in 2009 and 2010, Russell Peters has spent the past 23 years building a career to become one of the biggest comics in the world.

World renowned comedian Russell Peters is set to bring his Notorious World Tour to at The Pearl inside Palms Casino Resort on Aug. 24, 2013 at 8 p.m.


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Comedian/Actor/Writer Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong on 1230AM KLAV in Las Vegas and The Web.

A seasoned entertainer, Reiser co-created and starred in the NBC series, “Mad About You,” which garnered him Emmy®, Golden Globe®, American Comedy Award® and Screen Actors Guild award nominations. He also wrote the “Mad About You” theme song alongside Grammy®-winning producer Don Was.

Reiser also wrote The New York Times bestseller “Couplehood” and the follow-up “Babyhood.” His most recent book “Familyhood,” was released May 2011.

Recently, Reiser appeared alongside Michael Douglas and Matt Damon in the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra,” based on the life of Liberace.  Other film roles include “Aliens,” “Beverly Hills Cop (I and II),” “Bye, Bye Love,” “The Marrying Man” and “The Thing About My Folks,” which he wrote and starred in with Academy Award®-winning actors Peter Falk and Olympia Dukakis.

Paul Reiser is appearing at The  Suncoast Showroom August 24 and 25, at 7:30pm

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The Wayans Brothers, Pablo Francisco-LVBST w/Comedian Michele LaFong

July 25, 2013 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV&Web









The Wayans Brothers return on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong on 1230AM in Las Vegas, and The Web.

This time around I got to interview Shawn and Marlon separately, and it was very telling how different their answers to the same questions were.  Actually quite comical!

The Wayans family is filled with talented members, so there is no surprise that the two youngest brothers, Shawn and Marlon Wayans, have followed in their family’s footsteps as Hollywood icons. So far in their relatively short careers, these two comedic prodigies have topped box offices and toured successfully around the country.

Both Shawn and Marlon made their acting debut in 1989 in their brother Keenen Ivory Wayans’ feature film “I’m Gonna Get You Sucka.” Immediately following their feature film debut, they joined the cast of the Emmy Award-winning comedy series “In Living Color.”

“The Wayans Bros.” sitcom, which Shawn and Marlon created and starred in, was the first WB show to be sold into syndication after heading up the WB network lineup for five years. Shawn and Marlon’s past film credits include the hit comedy “Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in The Hood,” which they co-wrote, produced and starred in together.

More recently Shawn and Marlon starred in the box office hits “Little Man” and “White Chicks,” both of which they also co-wrote and produced. The brothers began co-writing this string of blockbusters with the smash “Scary Movie, where they also starred along side each other, and was directed by their brother Keenen Ivory Wayans. Co-written, produced and starring Shawn and Marlon Wayans, “Scary Movie 2” was the only sequel in the “Scary Movie” franchise with direct Wayans involvement. Shawn and Marlon were next seen on the big screen in “Dance Flick,” the comedy co-written with brother Keenen Ivory, which premiered in May 2009.

Shawn and Marlon, along with their brothers and sisters, created “Thugaboo” and the subsequent “Boo Crew” animated specials for Nickelodeon, which began premiering in August 2006. In addition to creating, the Wayans are also writing, directing and voicing the series which takes a humorous look at the trials and tribulations of nine inner city kids. was released in fall 2009 and plans are underway to turn The Boo Crew into a daily comic strip. Marlon also starred in the 2009 blockbuster “G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.

In January 2013, Marlon wrote, produced and starred in the comedy hit, “A Haunted House,” an outrageous send up of the “Paranormal Activity” movie which also stars Cedric The Entertainer and Essence Atkins. Additionally, Marlon executive produced a comedy series, “Second Generation Wayans” starring his nephews, Damon Jr. and Craig which debut on BET Networks in January 2013.

When not on the road performing standup, Shawn and Marlon can be found hard at work in the “lab” where the Wayans siblings are busy concocting their next project.

Doors at the Pearl will open at 7 p.m. and show time is 8 p.m. The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended hours on select event days. The Pearl is now on Twitter. Follow @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.









Pablo Francisco

Comedian Pablo Francisco guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk radio show with Comedian Michele LaFong on 1230AM KLAV in Las Vegas and The Web.

Pablo continues to bring his audiences to their feet with boisterous laughter and applause.  He weaves together his arsenal of characters, spontaneous outbursts, and clever insights to create a stand-up show that more resembles an hour-long comedic jazz
riff.  He is an off-the-wall, animated character that points out the absurdity in an illogical, pop-culture obsessed world.
His unmatched take on all things pop culture has taken him into the ranks of the most popular touring comedians worldwide.  Pablo’s enormous popularity continues to sour driving his Myspace Comedy page into the top three most visited on the site.  His outrageously funny material has hooked millions of viewers on his YouTube channel

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Wanda Sykes, Dave Mason-LVBST w/Comedian Michele LaFong

June 20, 2013 6pm-7pm PST 1230AM in LV & Web

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Comedian/Actress Wanda Sykes has been seen on several television shows over the past two years. Last year she made a return to HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” starring opposite Larry David. In 2010 she starred in her own late night talk show on FOX, “The Wanda Sykes Show”. In October of 2009 her second HBO stand up special “I’ma Be Me” premiered. It was taped at the Warner theatre in Washington DC where she tackled topics like the first black president, gay cruises, being a new mom and aging. The special was nominated for two 2010 Primetime Emmy awards: Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Special and Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Special.Comedian/Actress Wanda Sykes guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk Radio Show, with Comedian Michele LaFong on 1230AM, KLAV and The Web.

“I first met Sykes when she was sent out on the road, as my Feature Act…back when I was headlining and touring Comedy Clubs…many moons ago!  She was a tough act to follow even then!” LaFong recalled.

Sykes is also featured in Michele LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated Column, “Las Vegas Backstage Talk” in Casino Player Magazine, July edition.

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Wanda Sykes will be appearing June 21, Treasure Island
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Singer/Songwriter Dave Mason

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Dave Mason guests on Las Vegas Backstage Talk with Comedian Michele LaFong on 1230AM KLAV in Las Vegas and The Web.

World-renowned Dave Mason joins Scaggs for the tour. An inductee of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Worcester England native begin his career at 18, joining Steve Winwood as a member of Traffic. He went on to a successful and long solo career and is most famous for his widely covered song “We Just Disagree” as well as the classic rock staple “Feelin’ Alright.”

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The Pearl Box Office is open daily from noon until 7 p.m. with extended hours on select event days. The Pearl is sponsored by Citi and is now on Twitter. Please follow @PearlatPalms for concert announcements and event information.

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Lisa Lampanelli, The Queen of Mean…is Newly Lean!

By Michele LaFong- “Getting Personal with the Stars” in Gaming Today-  Feb. 12, 2013

Lisa Lamanelli, the self proclaimed “Queen of Mean” is returning to The Pearl Concert Theatre on Feb. 16, at 8pm at The Palms Hotel & Casino. “Expect to see a whole new hour of material,”promised Lisa.   “Much of it will be about the craziest experience of my life…  spending sixteen weeks competing on “Celebrity Apprentice,” Donald Trump’s Reality Show on NBC,  “I LOVED it!”   Lisa screamed.  “I watched myself on TV afterward.  I was such a Mental Patient on that show!  I got SO much material though, and it’s such great exposure.  It raises your profile.

Here’s the only problem.  The minute I finished doing The Apprentice, I was getting recognized every single day, in the city of NY, and I was loving it…Then I go and lose 105 +lbs, and no one recognizes me!  I’m not getting free coffee anymore… I’m not getting FREE anything!  So it’s a double edged sword, this weight loss. I’m less famous, cause I don’t look like me anymore… but maybe now I’ll  live till I’m 70, instead of dropping dead.”

Perhaps it was that philosphy that led to Lisa’s decision to get Gastric By-Pass Surgery.

“I just got tied of hating the way my body looked in the mirror!”  There were a couple of incidents that happened on The Apprentice that triggered me to want to do something about it.  It wasn’t that alone, of course.  It was many things over the years, from my past.  In fact, we’re working on A One-Woman Broadway, show about my life, and we get into this, and explain how it came about…”

At age 51, Lampanelli, is making the effort to live a life of balance.  She takes time off to enjoy her home, on the water in Connecticut, and has three assistants, and has a few dollars!
I really think that comics are afraid to improve themselves, because they’re like: I won’t be funny if I get thinner, or I won’t be funny if I go to the shrink and get more healthy mentally, and emotionally.  But there’s always gonna be so much twisted stuff about us, that I don’t think we ever have to worry about being too healthy for comedy.

I’ve been in-therapy for many years. I think I took a cue from Howard Stern.  He has become a better human being, and performer by going to therapy three or four times a week.  I don’t do that, but I  take a lot of workshops, I also have a house at Kenya Ranch Health Spa, in Tuscon, where I work on myself from a spiritual, and psychological point of view. I’m also going to a six day retreat for emotional eating because I don’t want to gain the weight back.   Weight is about emotion and not about food.”

Lisa Lampanelli…she’s still a heavy-weight in comedy, and would never be one to be  accused of doing a “half-assed” job!
Her full interview can be heard on Las Vegas Backstage Talk Radio & Web Show, Thursday, Feb. 14 from 6pm-7pm PST on 1230AM in Las Vegas, or stream live on-line.

Lampanelli is also featured in Michele LaFong’s Monthly Syndicated Column, “Las Vegas Backstage Talk,” in June’s issue of Casino Player Magazine.  (CP Magazine.)


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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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