There may never again be a TV variety show as wild as the Gong Show, the 70’s hit talent show hosted by TV producer Chuck “Chuckie Baby” Barris. But last night at the Iguana VIP Lounge, the 2010 season finale of the Kong Show, a live vaudeville-style comedy variety show hosted by Powell “Chuck E. Baby” Leonard channeling a hilarious impersonation of a Chuck Barris-like TV host, was definitely wacky! What a blast!
The performers were amazing. The stand up comedy magic of Irish Dave Cremin was out of this world, with an incredible sword trick and a disappearing engagement ring. Don’t worry, the lovely volunteer’s momentary distress disappears and the engagement ring reappears, from inside a walnut, inside an egg, inside a lemon! Incredible!
Then there was comedienne Brooke Hoover, spouting religious quotations oddly mixed with horoscopes, hilarious! Brooke Hoover recalls that one of her craziest nights of comedy was performing right after Sarah Silverman did a surprise performance. And, last night at the Iguana was definitely crazy fun, too! Audiences can catch Brooke Hoover again in her one-woman show “Wayward Souls” on Sunday, November 14 at 3:30pm on Theatre Row in the United Solo Theatre Artists Festival.
The antics of the LionHearted Players were too funny with, Andrew Cordle, Lorraine Klimowich, Powell Leonard and Cathy Schramm plotting world domination while drinking Intergalatic Space Juice in Powell Leonard’s sketch comedy “I Married an Alien.” Could a bartender really mix a drink that strong?! And where exactly is that alien hiding a third eye?! Yikes. Scary fun!
Speaking of drinks, the Iguana VIP Lounge boasts 26 flavors of margaritas or mojitos. The pomegranate margarita and the watermelon mojito is quite delicious and a great accompaniment to the coconut shrimp with honey chipotle dipping sauce or the sweet potato tamale with barbecued pork. Now that leaves 24 more flavors of margaritas or mojitos to try with a countless combination of entrees! All this calls for another night out at the Iguana!
Not only was the food delicious, the music was great too. There was a very classy pre-show performance by international-award winning musician Andrew Cordle. And then, later in the evening, the audience was treated to the savagely funny songs of singer/songwriter Daniel Tighe “Sensitive Guy.” He left the audience begging for more! And there is more! He’ll be appearing on Saturday, October 23, at Gizzis, 16 West 8th Street, with his band Handsome Dan and the Criminals.
The audience in the Iguana VIP Lounge was also treated to a sneak-peek at the European Magic Show of illusions by Matae Khristov, who is currently working on a DVD of his own show. Matae Khristov has performed in night clubs throughout Europe. His amazing illusions included a firecracker that sparkles, bursts into flame and in an instant becomes a brightly colored scarf! WOW!
Co-producers, Powell “Chuck E. Baby” Leonard and Miss Ella put on a show that would make the real Chuckie Baby say, “And here’s some more great STUFF!” The co-producers of the vaudeville-style comedy variety show, The Kong Show, got to meet 70’s TV producer Chuck “Chuckie Baby” Barris of The Gong Show at Borders Books, and got a thumbs up for the Kong Show! Great Stuff!
The Kong Show produces comedy variety showcases, 3 times a year, providing venues for playwrights and performing artists to mingle, cross-pollinate, network and generally develop and share their work. The next Kong Show comedy variety show and networking night is scheduled for March 2011. For more information about the Kong Show, check out the facebook page, The-Kong-Show.