Randy Couture celebrity host at Paint N Punch

Dec 31, 2014 3:08 AM

Finally, a rowdy and fun new concept in Las Vegas casino entertainment that won’t break the bank!

I’m pleased to recommend a unique quality experience now available to locals and tourists alike. Buzz’N Brushes at The Orleans Hotel & Casino proves you don’t have to be a budding Picasso to have a great time – and that is part of the fun!

This new interactive Las Vegas attraction puts all the tools in the hands of the audience-turned-art-class to help them create a work of art they can then take home. It is all done with step-by-step instruction from entertaining Art Teachers who are on-stage, supported by an attentive staff that “works” the floor and are specifically trained to engage the partying artists in an upbeat, anything goes-type atmosphere complete with music, laughs, games, raffles, dancing, booze, and a pizza kitchen that specializes in making thin-crust pizza.

Randy Couture on Las Vegas Backstage Talk with Comedian Michele LaFong

There are day and night classes to choose from with different themes and packages. Whether you make reservations as part of a group or a single, you’re looking to party, blow off some steam, meet people, or just network…there is bound to be something there for you.

Did I mention this space also includes an art studio that features different artists’ work? I predict corporate events and bachelorette parties alike will soon catch on to this new, hot, innovative trend.

MMA champion and actor Randy Couture was the special guest celebrity host last month at the Paint N Punch two hour event that ended with photo opportunities and an autograph session. I witnessed one of the partying artists insisting, while lifting her shirt, that Randy sign her cleavage…and he did! Anything for charity!

Randy generously donated his time to support Buzz‘N Brushes for a portion of the proceeds to be donated to the Xtreme Couture G.I. Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded by Couture. Its programs fulfill unmet needs of veterans of America’s armed forces as they return to civilian life, which includes assistance in financial crises.

Randy had this to say when I interviewed him following the hilarious, almost topless display: “When Teresa Lemming, owner of Buzz‘N Brushes first approached me with the idea of me hosting the show…I was like, well…I’ve never painted before…but it was really fun and easy. I wasn’t nervous about the hosting part of it because once you’re used to standing in that cage in front of the masses in nothing but your drawers…everything else pales in comparison!”

Randy had just returned from Bulgaria, where he finished filming “The Expendables 3,” with Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Harrison Ford, Mel Gibson, Dolph Lundgren, Wesley Snipes, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas, Ronda Rousey, Terry Crews, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Victor Ortiz, and Kellan Lutz. 

Jon Taffer, Star of “Bar Rescue” on Spike TV and frequent favorite guest on LVBST, was recently on ABC’s “20/20” revealing short-pour tricks some desperate bar owners “all too often stoop to,” to short patrons on their alcoholic counts even while they are watching! He demonstrated just how easy it is to get fooled. It looked like magic! I can’t wait to hear what else Jon has to reveal on his next in-studio visit.

Steven Wright, the Confucius of Comedy, finally guested on LVBST to promote his up-coming gig at The Orleans showroom on Jan. 3 and 4. I had been trying to get him on my radio show for three years!

Known for his dead-pan style, monotone voice, and trademark wit, Wright has an arsenal of brilliant one-liners like: “Right now I’m having amnesia and déjà vu at the same time. I think I’ve forgotten this before…It’s a small world, but I wouldn’t want to have to paint it…”

And if anyone would know about painting it would be Steven Wright. Who knew this Academy Award-winner and Grammy Award nominee also was a budding artist and musician with paintings and music samples of really cool original music he wrote, played, sang and recorded on his website? I would never have guessed!

He even plays the harmonica. Dylan-esque was what came to mind, and as an avid Bob Dylan fan I was intrigued. I would love to see him incorporate his original music and art with his stand-up show. Perhaps I can convince him…you never know!

My interview with Steven Wright will air on Jan 2. All interviews are archived on lasvegasbackstagetalk.com.

Larry the Cable Guy returns to the Palms Casino Resort Jan. 31. I hope to have him on the show before that. I remember asking comedian Bill Engvall what life was like on the road with The Blue Collar Comedy Troupe and who was the most “out of their mind – you, Jeff Foxworthy, Ron White, or Larry the Cable Guy?” Bill responded without hesitation, “Larry!” He also said he that he was the sweetest guy

“We called him the ‘Mikey’ of the Comedy Troupe. He could be talked into going along with anything. He really was the only redneck among us, and…that’s not a costume he wears. It’s not at all an act. He pretty much got married on four wheelers! That’s part of the reason he’s so popular and people can relate to him so well because there are no airs; he’s just genuine.”

Other headliner picks for January are: Garth Brooks and his band at Wynn, Jan. 3-4; Wayne Brady, The Mirage, Jan. 4; Tim Allen, The Venetian, Jan. 8, 18 and 31; Gabriel Iglesias, The Mirage, Jan. 17; Paul Revere & The Raiders, South Point, Jan. 10-12; Styx, The Palms, Jan. 19; Santana, Mandalay Bay, Jan. 22-Feb. 1; Shania Twain, Caesars Palace, Jan. 22-Feb. 15; Jay Mohr, South Point, Jan. 24-26; Dolly Parton, Primm Valley Casino Resorts, Jan. 25; Rob Schneider, South Point, Jan. 30-Feb. 1; and Daniel Tosh at The Mirage, Jan.3 1-Feb. 1.

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