billryan
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July 6th, 2017 at 5:04:46 PM permalink
Was having some brews and discussing the state of Vegas entertainment and shows when someone offered what I at first thought was a rather silly idea but it grew on me.
His idea was a two man show, with a few extras, and re-enact classic comedy sketches of Laurel and Hardy, Abbott and Costello, Marx Brothers Jackie Gleason and Art Carney, even Fred and Barney, maybe throw in a few Saturday Night Lives skits and so on and so forth. No idea if that stuff is copyrighted or somehow protected but if Raiding The Rock Vault can cover classic songs, shouldn't someone be able to cover classic sketches. Some sketches- Slowly I turn, Susquehanna Hat Company and the like have to be public domain.
Do you think such an act could succeed it Vegas?
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gordonm888
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July 6th, 2017 at 7:05:31 PM permalink
I like the idea. But you would need some very very talented physical comedians to do Jackie Gleason, Bud Abbott and the Marx Brothers. They might need to be voice impressionists too.
billryan
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July 6th, 2017 at 7:36:16 PM permalink
They wouldn't be doing impressions, they'd be doing skits.
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rsactuary
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July 6th, 2017 at 9:08:48 PM permalink
How about classic episodes of TV shows, like "I Love Lucy"? I'd pay to watch that hilarity.

The chocolate factory... guaranteed laughs.
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July 6th, 2017 at 9:13:34 PM permalink
I'd pay to watch suicidal depressives set themselves on fire down on Fremont Street.

I wouldn't pay much, though: maybe a quarter.
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billryan
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July 6th, 2017 at 10:03:20 PM permalink
Exactly.
The poll room skit with Harvey, Who's on First, Coke, No Pepsi.
I don't think too many people could pull off A Samurai Butcher routine but many comedy skits seem easy enough to get down.
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monet0412
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July 6th, 2017 at 10:14:52 PM permalink
Times have changed. It wouldn't be profitable to the target demographic. For people like myself and others who enjoy these classic things, most of us want it in the original pure format with the original performers. Think about one example of how the Farley Brothers did a 3 stooges reboot. I think we can all agree nothing like the 1930's. I have all the original shorts on DVD and I don't want anyone copying them. I feel the same way with music. I refuse to watch cover bands do the Rat Pack, Beatles, Or whoever they want to make a buck off of someone elses coat tails. Either come up with an original show or story or get a different job. I feel the same way about paying 2 dollars to a street impersonator hustling pictures.
billryan
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July 6th, 2017 at 10:48:47 PM permalink
That cool, but how many Beatles, Rat Pack, Motown shows are running in Vegas right now? Plenty of people come to see these shows.
I understand it's not something you would go see, but people in Vegas seem to want comfort more than originality.
Spamelot was a huge hit, even though most people could recite much of the show. You couldn't do the Three Stooges today. I don't think their act would have been good live, back when they were making shorts.
I was at a place about ten years ago and some drag queen was performing. Hardly anyone was paying her/him any mind, until he came out as Lucille Ball and did the Vita Meta medicine routine word for word. Everyone knew it, but everyone still got a kick out of it. Five minutes later, no one was paying much attention.

https://youtu.be/AN4sN8NWS5E?t=20


https://youtu.be/d4iKoqHlxqk?t=31


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July 6th, 2017 at 11:23:13 PM permalink
There used to be a show with a guy who did Red Skeleton. Lasted pretty little long.

There's a guy doung paul lind at bally's. I eant to see that.
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July 7th, 2017 at 12:59:32 AM permalink
Quote: MrV

I'd pay to watch suicidal depressives set themselves on fire down on Fremont Street.

I wouldn't pay much, though: maybe a quarter.


I hope the guy that spit on my windshield for no reason is the first act.

This concept kinda sounds like Legends, but with comedy instead of music. I'm not sure how that would work. It's fairly "easy" to reproduce a music act with some degree of authenticity, but I feel like comedy is different. I don't think someone could reproduce a George Carlin set and do it nearly at the same level.

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