PodKats!

PodKats!

PodKats! is hosted by Las Vegas Review-Journal man-about-town columnist John Katsilometes. As Kats says, his column appears on page 3A every day, and online all the time. Kats is known for his kinetic pace as he hits the Vegas scene, chronicling the stories of entertainers and newsmakers who make Las Vegas a dynamic international destination. Kats is on the prowl, all over town, typically recording conversations on the fly. Thanks to longtime Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno for the PodKats theme, the 'Biggest Cat in Town' from the album Broke Down in Paradise.... Show More

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December 8, 2019 40 min

Comic juggler Jeff Civillico, who is closing his 10-year headlining run in Las Vegas at the end of this month, joins us on PodKats! this week. Jeff opened at V Theater at Miracle Mile Shops at Planet Hollywood, and he is closing at Anthony Cools Experience theater at Paris Las Vegas. He talks of why he is ending that run now and what to expect in 2020.

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December 1, 2019 30 min

Our guest this week is the last of the Las Vegas big cat magicians, Dirk Arthur. We last saw Arthur on stage at Westgate Las Vegas, where he closed his "Wild Magic" show in April 2018. Arthur is planning a return to the stage alongside his exotic cats in 2020.

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November 24, 2019 31 min

This week, we are once again joined by longtime Las Vegas broadcast personality Dayna Roselli. She talks with Kats about her options for the future, budding comedy career and more.

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November 17, 2019 23 min

Las Vegas broadcast star Dayna Roselli joins PodKats! this week to discuss her departure from KTNV Channel 13, how she's spending her time and what's next for her. Part two will be released next Monday, so be sure to hit the subscribe button.

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November 10, 2019 23 min

Our guest this week is sleight of hand artist Shin Lim, a Las Vegas resident headliner and the only two-time champion of America's Got Talent. He sat down with Kats in the nosebleeds of the Terry Fator Theatre at The Mirage, where his residency has been extended through next June.

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November 3, 2019 27 min

This week, we are once again joined by the city’s pre-eminent prop comic, Carrot Top. This is part two of a two-part interview, so if you missed last week’s episode, go check it out before listening to this one.

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October 27, 2019 25 min

My guest this week is none other than Carrot Top, the city’s pre-eminent prop comic. We talk about his upbringing, meeting some of his comedy heroes such as Jay Leno and George Carlin, and how he keeps his show fresh. The interview took place in his dressing room at Atrium Showroom, which is strewn with such assorted props as a disco ball, a Miami Dolphins flag, two framed platinum Pantera albums and Carrot Top action figures. Yo... Read more

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Déjà vu! This week, we are re-releasing one of our all-time favorite PodKats! interviews, an interview with John van der Put, the comic magician better known as Piff the Magic Dragon. We’ll be back with a fresh episode next Monday.

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October 13, 2019 43 min

Our guest this week is Sam Wills, better known as Tape Face. Wills is a silent comic and former contestant on America's Got Talent. He currently headlines at House of Tape at Harrah’s Las Vegas, where we sat down to *tape* this episode of PodKats!

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Our guests (err, sort of guests) this week are Matt, Paul and Jacob of the podcast Matt and Mattingly's Ice Cream Social. We got together for a special crossover episode of our respective shows, and we hope you enjoy the result.

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September 29, 2019 31 min

Our guest this week is the longtime front man for Van Halen. He’s always been fond of Las Vegas, and he is headlining nine shows at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay beginning January 8th. He is none other than Diamond David Lee Roth.

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September 22, 2019 26 min

We're back with part two of our interview with former Las Vegas headliner and notorious prankster The Amazing Johnathan. For part one, listen to PodKats! episode 41.

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September 15, 2019 22 min

Our guest this week is former Las Vegas headliner The Amazing Johnathan, a comic magician known for his dark humor, gory acts and drug references. The subject of two new documentaries, Johnathan remains with us after disclosing in 2014 that he had been diagnosed with a rare heart condition and given one year to live. Part Two of this interview will be out next Monday. Make sure you don't miss it by subscribing on Apple, Spotif... Read more

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September 8, 2019 35 min

Our guest this week spent more than six years in the cast of “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace, performing more than three thousand shows for 1.3 million people. Now she is embarking on a solo show on the Strip and has released a new single and video, "Flavor of the Month." She is Melody Sweets.

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Our guest this week is Brian Newman, the master trumpet player and bandleader out of New York City. Brian has risen to fame as the band leader for Lady Gaga, dating back more than a decade. Newman returns to Las Vegas on Oct. 17, when he will perform with Gaga in her Jazz + Piano residency at Park Theater.

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America's Got Talent finalist Daniel Emmet joined me this week on PodKats. We sat down on stage at Cleopatra's Barge inside Caesar's Palace, where Daniel is currently headlining a six-show stint. We talked about the new show, "All That I Am," as well as his time on AGT, connections to other Vegas stars and future plans in Las Vegas.

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My guest this week knew the legendary artist Prince for 25 years and sang with Prince's backing band The New Power Generation from 2009-2014. She also won the contest show Star Search at the age of 15 and has become a favorite performer in Las Vegas with Kelly Clinton Holmes and the Bruce Harper big band. She is Elisa Fiorillo, and she sat down with me inside Myron's Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center in Las Vegas. Don't... Read more

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Our guest this week is Ross Mollison, the founder of live entertainment production company Spiegelworld, which brought “Absinthe” to Caesars Palace and “Opium” to the Cosmopolitan. We caught up with Mollison at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, where Spiegelworld is premiering "Atomic Saloon Show." The new wild-west satire, which has been described as "Blazing Saddles" meets "America's Got Talent" meets "W... Read more

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August 5, 2019 29 min

David Copperfield joined us from the hangar where he parks his private jet on this episode of PodKats! Copperfield has been headlining in Las Vegas for nearly 40 years. He is legendary for making the Statue of Liberty disappear, and for walking through the Great Wall of China on his national TV specials. He has headlined 10 world tours, and currently performs 15 shows a week at the theater named for him at MGM Grand. This is Part... Read more

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July 29, 2019 20 min

Terry Bradshaw joined PodKats! before rehearsals at MDV studio in Las Vegas. A four-time Super Bowl champion, he’s a host on Fox Sports NFL broadcasts. He is also a TV and film actor, as well as a very good singer. On Thursday through Sunday, he will be headlining “The Terry Bradshaw Show” at the Luxor’s Atrium Showroom. Join us next Monday for another installment of PodKats!, and hit ‘subscribe’ to make sure you receive a notifi... Read more

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