An I-Oscar at 'The Oscars' of Internet shows

Jan 28, 2014 3:00 AM

With the advent and popularity of Smart TVs, which make it possible to watch web TV on your main set, alternative programming and new opportunities for entrepreneur talent for Internet entertainment are growing daily. This new popular trend couldn’t have been more evident than at the International Acadamy of Web Television awards, “The Oscars” of Internet shows, held at the Rio hotel casino last month.

Many familiar faces were seen on the red carpet like fitness celebrity/infomercial king John Basedow, inventor and star of “Fitness Made Simple.” Basedow was a presenter and also nominated for three awards.

When John guested on LVBST with Guinness World Record holder, comedian Fran Capo the world’s fastest talker, John explained the awards he was up for: “(Best Variety Series) for ‘Culture Pop,’ my YouTube series where I take to the streets getting people’s opinions on top entertainment, celebrity and pop culture news.

“The second,” he continued, “is for ‘Fit Now with Basedow’ (Best Writing), in which I give fitness, exercise and nutrition tips for people to improve their bodies and lives. The third is for the work I do with ‘Buzz60 Entertainment News’ (Best News Series), and that’s awesome since they’re one of the first companies to give me a job where I get to keep my shirt on.”

Following a successful seven month run at The Laugh Factory at the Tropicana, legendary prop comic and watermelon-smasher Gallagher quietly closed his seven-night-a-week show on Dec. 30. It’s a wonder this eccentric, free spirited, flighty, highly creative, mad comedy genius could stay in one place for that long!

I’m definitely going to miss him and the backstage drama that always seemed to follow him. I’m sure every comic who has worked at The Laugh Factory in the last seven months has a “Gallagher story” to tell!

When asked what his plans were after his out-of-state gigs were over, his response was “wherever I end up!” He explained his state of mind at this stage of his life quite well in a recent interview I entitled “Getting really personal with Gallagher.” That video can now be seen on GamingToday.com.

Dana Carvey, one of my favorite and funniest guests returned to LVBST to promote his upcoming dates at The Orleans, Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Right off the bat, he did a very funny but scary impression of me…I hope it wasn’t as dead-on as it sounded!

Not only is Carvey always upbeat, freshly hilarious, and topical, but he’s also one of the nicest mega-talents in show business. Dana shared some of his comedy writing, and developmental process.

“I tape all of my shows but it’s really hard to get myself to listen to it…yet it’s incredibly instructive. I’m really hard on myself,” he said.

After a show, from time to time you might find Dana trying his luck out at the blackjack tables. “Paul Anka taught me how to play,” he explained. “You gotta whack it. You really gotta whack it!”

I was reminded what Anka sounds like when he’s talking…and I must say…it was a little eerie.

We touched on many interesting subjects, including Mike Meyers and the possibility of more Wayne’s World projects. The interview will air on Jan. 30.

Grammy Award-winning musician and acclaimed actor Meat Loaf will return to the RockTellz & CockTails stage inside Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

Meat Loaf will perform 24 dates beginning Feb. 13, kicking off the 2014 series. Shows will be every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, Feb. 13 to April 8, at 7 p.m. Meat always delivers a dynamic and dramatic show and is a very interesting character.

The legendary musical group and Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Jacksons are the next legacy artists of the RockTellz & CockTails series. The Jacksons, including Jackie, Tito, Jermaine and Marlon, will perform 40 shows Thursdays-Sundays, Feb. 20 to April 27, at 9:30 p.m.

I finally went to check out Golden Globe winner Pia Zadora’s new nightclub show at Pia’s Place at Piero’s. Her residency there started in September and is open ended. She performs Thursdays-Saturdays at 9 p.m.

Pia is at home working the room, singing and telling funny stories. She even has special guest drop-ins like Jerry Lewis, Rich Little, Steve Rossi, and other notables.

Pianist Vince Falcone, former musical director for Frank Sinatra, heads her quartet in an intimate, throw-back setting that recreates “Old Vegas.”

A great time! Pia invited me to do some comedy…and next time I will.

Another gem of headline entertainment without a cover charge not to be missed is singer/piano player/funnyman Michael Shane. Shane was hand-picked by Steve Wynn to perform at Wynn’s Tower Suite Bar. He’s a regular on LVBST.

Michael keeps the night moving from behind the piano with never a dull moment and lots of personality. He also takes requests and can’t be stumped. I love it! Like Pia, Michael is popular and puts on special guest star drop-ins .

He can be seen on some Thursdays at Bootleggers Bistro at 5:30 p.m. Be sure to check their schedule as they don’t give out dates too far in advance.

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