It is said that a great comedian doesn’t say lines that are funny, but turns lines into funny. At times it’s blatantly obvious that the jokes, innuendos, or one-liners aren’t that laughable or you have heard of them before, and yet the audience is roaring with laughter. It’s all about delivery! How the comedian spits out his material is what introduces the element of comedy – his body language, expressions, hand gestures, style of delivery, etc. is what really counts.
Lewis Niles Black, famously known as Lewis Black, is a legend among comedians. In addition to that, he is an author, playwright, social critic and actor, and extremely popular due to his signature angry face and aggressive style of delivering comedy to the audience, which often manifests in the form of a fake mental breakdown. It is just like watching someone rant in an exceedingly hilarious manner, about topics like history, politics, religion, or other cultural trends. His “Back in Black” commentary segment on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and TV show on Comedy Central, Lewis Black’s Root of All Evil, which he hosted, garnered fantastic TRP ratings.
“America’s Got Talent” has never been the same since Terry Fator won the competition in 2007 with his feat involving puppets. His win opened up new doors and opportunities for budding performers and gave a fresh lease to the industry of puppetry, which was slowly sinking into oblivion. Many have labeled his performance to be a “marriage made in Sesame Street heaven” as he has succeeded in putting the “fun” back in puppetry!
How does he do it? Who would have thought about a popular puppet show in Vegas? Terry Fator did, and needless to say, he has done it brilliantly. He performs at The Mirage Hotel and Casino here, and has created a world-class act, which is extremely popular – people travel from far and wide to watch his shows. Although his claim to fame was by drawing inspiration from Sesame Street, his show isn’t an ordinary “puppet show”. He infuses a healthy mix of comedy in it, and combined with his impeccable comic timing and excellent impressionist skills, he gets everyone hooked to his 90-minute performance!
What does the show entail? Due to the intensity of his shows, there is no warm-up routine involved. The show takes off with Fator and Winston, the Impersonating Turtle, who demonstrates his musical prowess while sharing his fondness for the exclusive Turtle Ranch, which is a running gag during the show. Next is the cowboy-themed puppet – Walter T. Airedale, who cracks jokes and even takes a dig at Fator asking him why he can’t talk when the latter is laughing! Other puppets during the act includes Maynard Thompkins, Wrex the Crash Test Dummy and Vickie the Cougar.
The truly incredible aspect is that Fator is never seen opening his mouth more than half an inch during songs unless he is breathing or singing a something himself. That is why, he is often deemed as the most talented singer on the Strip due to his unique ability of communicating through puppets and comedic situations that have the audience in stitches throughout the performance! The booking is usually choc-a-block, which is why you should get tickets well in advance. See Dates & Get Tickets Here: Terry Fator
Comedy, Action & Wit – a Brilliant Combination Indeed!
Las Vegas has always been depicted to be a hub for adult entertainment starting from strip shows and lap dances to comedy performances with risqué humor. But the scenario has undergone a drastic change these days with numerous performers developing acts suitable for both kids and adults. Jeff Civillico, performing at Bugsy’s Cabaret at The Flamingo Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas falls under that category.
Jeff Civillico at his best! His show contains all-round entertainment involving physical comedy, power-packed stunts, and mind-blowing juggling acts. For instance, you will get to see the juggling of an unusual collection of objects at once, such as a heavy bowling ball, knife, and apple, or riding a unicycle while balancing a 12-foot ladder! There is plenty of audience interaction and participation, which will appeal to kids big time! It is a treat to be up on-stage with him, as you get to be a part of his incredible, one-of-a-kind tricks. Jeff’s witty banter and friendly personality provides the perfect foil to the mind-boggling on-stage movements – it makes the experience even more fun and exciting. There is a nightclub-themed segment as well, which is ideal for those who want to hit the clubs, pubs, and bars at night. Regardless of whatever mood you are in, he promises that you will leave with a happier and more pleasant temperament.
A true visionary… His comedy is inspired by stars like Steve Martin and Jim Carrey and he incorporates a blend of improvisation, physical stunts and wit. Jeff is a versatile performer, having put on shows at several places including Disney resorts and the White House. He takes his craft seriously by maintaining discipline and strong work ethics – he constantly pushes boundaries to come up with new techniques of recreation for his beloved audience.
His charitable side… Amidst the entire hullabaloo, Jeff has started a non-profit in Las Vegas known as Win-Win Entertainment, through which, professional entertainers perform for charities, orphanages, hospitals, schools etc. without charging any fee. With his lucrative network, he recommends and refers performers every time there is a request for a show. He plans to expand his reach nationally and is working hard to collect funds for the same purpose.
Why not attend his show, get a good dose of entertainment, and contribute to a noble cause in your own way? Moreover, it is held in the afternoon, making it extremely convenient for children. There is a never-ending demand for tickets, especially during peak seasons, so make sure you get the tickets booked in advance to avoid disappoint.
Mike Borgia is an Italian American singer-songwriter with over two decades of experience as a professional musician and performer. Mike is in constant pursuit of musical sustainability.
Born in New York, Mike spent his teens playing clubs as guitarist and backup singer in a progressive metal band. His style slowly evolved to include other genres, notably punk and indie rock. During the 1990s and into the early 2000s he fronted the popular indie rock band “Tread.”
In 2001 Mike embarked on a solo career and over the next decade performed several tours of the UK. During this time he released nine solo records. His UK tours garnered him a loyal fan-base which allowed him to maintain a steady career as a touring recording artist.
In 2011 he formed the band “The Problems”. He is now releasing albums with his band as well as solo endeavors.
A new record is in the works. It will be his 15th release to date. You will hear fresh new songs in line with the style of The Problems’ previous recordings. Check out his latest record “Who Cares” now available on all major streaming services.
To date he has 11 albums collectively and over a decade as an active professional.
Jayashree Krishnan – She left Math to pursue Her Art
Hi, can you introduce yourself to our community and tell us more about the experiences that you offer through Verlocal?
Hi, I am Jayashree. I love playing with paint every day. Two years ago, I stumbled upon an absolutely addictive and amazing style of art called Fluid Painting. After many trials and experiments, I have come up with a way to teach anyone (with little or no background in painting) how to make absolutely beautiful pieces of art in three hours.
Tell us about your background: When did you first become inspired to do what you love?
Ever since I can remember, I have sketched, doodled and painted. However, all through my college years and years afterward, I studied and later taught Mathematics. Not art. It is art that brings me joy. In a moment of epiphany, two years ago, I decided to pursue making art as a full-time job. Now, I rent a large studio space at a prime location, teach workshops to share my work, participate in 15 local juried shows, take on large commission pieces for clients and paint all the time. I truly enjoy every minute of it.
What does your passion mean to you?
It is the fuel that keeps me going every day.
What made you want to pursue your passion and become a host?
My background in teaching has made it easy for me to share my work and the process in an effective manner with anyone that is interested. I have invested a lot of time in breaking down the steps to making a fabulous piece of artwork. It is really the most fun and rewarding experience for me to see someone else follow the steps and make it their own.
How would you describe the link between your classes and the community around you?
After starting these workshops, I held one at my studio for some youth in the community that is at risk of dropping out from school. Along with their mentors, 12 youth came over to create artwork. It was probably one of the most rewarding aspects of what I do when I get to share and be involved in giving back to the community.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to learn more about your passion?
Like what I told one of my Verlocal students who wants to pursue this form of art on her own, you have to keep at it. Learn from the mistakes, take the risks and keep making more art. Take what you have learned and make it your own.
How long have you been living in Seattle? What are some insider tips you’d like to recommend to someone who just moved to the city?
I have lived here for 25 years and have a lot to share. The Pacific Northwest is rich in natural beauty with hiking trails within driving distance and tons of other outdoor activities apart from fun things to do within the city.
What is your favorite piece of work and the story behind it?
I am getting ready with a series in preparation for a solo show on March 9th in Capitol Hill, Seattle. My favorite piece is one that was inspired by a hiking trail in North Bend. It is titled “Rattlesnake Reflections”.
Tell us about your favorite moment/ biggest achievement since you start teaching art.
One of my youngest students was a 12-year old that made a beautiful circular painting she wanted to turn into a clock. Her mother later told me that she redesigned her room around the colors of her painting.
What are your goals for the future?
To make art that starts conversations; to bring people from all walks of life together through art.
Any recommendations for someone who might want to start exploring a new passion?
Yes. Just try it. Experiences are richer than any other way to spend your time. You can only grow from them. What is stopping you?
What does Verlocal mean to you?
It has been very easy to set up the workshops on my calendar and let Verlocal take on the rest. It frees up my time and lets me create more art. I love that so many different people sign up for workshops. It makes the experience a rich one.
Share one quote that resonates with you the most and what it means for you?
You will never know until you try it. I tell myself this whenever I want to try something new and there is some hesitation.
Acid Tongue is an American-bred garage band heavily influenced by AM-radio soul, folk and psychedelic rock
The band is composed of Guy Keltner, Ian Cunningham, & Jacob Rose – perverted in their youth by adolescent exposure to mind-altering substances and strange, spiritually-driven parenting techniques.
After years of extensive traveling throughout the United States, as well as some experimental therapy in a Mexican yurt, the boys have united to produce their take on the music of their parents’ generation. Incorporating imagery of the afterlife, dream-states and drifter-culture, Acid Tongue seeks to enlighten listeners to their swingin, contemplative lifestyle. Catch them at a live show – Acid Tongue Eventsfy.com/artist/acid-tongue
Five years ago, Maiah Manser moved to Seattle to pursue a career in music. Since then, she has worked both as a solo artist, as well as with a variety of projects including: Mary Lambert (as a touring vocalist featured on Jay Leno’s Tonight Show, Good Morning America, & VH-1’s You Oughta Know), The Esoterics, and Pollens.
Maiah began her solo career playing for EMPs Sound Off! 2013 competition.
In Sept 2014, her song ‘Hold Your Head Up’ was featured in City Arts Magazine’s Top 5 Most Attractive Singles.
Her debut EP, ‘Second Skin’ with producer Buddy Ross (Frank Ocean), will be coming out early 2017.
Often compared to female power houses like Kate Bush, Lana Del Rey, FKA Twigs, Björk & Adele, Maiah strives to fuse the digital and the organic in every aspect of her music.