PodKats! Las Vegas Entertainment

PodKats! Las Vegas Entertainment

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PodKats! is a weekly hang with the biggest names in entertainment, hosted by man-about-town columnist John “Kats” Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. You can find his column on page 3A every day and online all the time at http://reviewjournal.com/Kats. Thanks to longtime Vegas headliner Frankie Moreno for the PodKats! theme, ‘Biggest Cat in Town,’ from the album Broke Down in Paradise.


Comic Juggler Jeff Civillico | Ep. 53
Dec 9 • 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…
Big Cat Entertainer Dirk Arthur | Ep. 52
Dec 2 • 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…
Dayna Roselli (Pt. 2) | Ep. 51
Nov 25 • 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.
Dayna Roselli (Pt. 1) | Ep. 50
Nov 18 • 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.
Shin Lim | Ep. 49
Nov 11 • 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…
Carrot Top (Pt. 2) | Ep. 48
Nov 4 • 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.
Carrot Top (Pt. 1) | Ep. 47
Oct 28 • 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…
Piff the Magic Dragon (re-release) | Ep. 46
Oct 21 • 34 min
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.
Tape Face | Ep. 45
Oct 14 • 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!
Matt and Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social | Ep. 44
Oct 7 • 70 min
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.
David Lee Roth | Ep. 43
Sep 30 • 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.
The Amazing Johnathan Pt. 2 | Ep. 42
Sep 23 • 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.
The Amazing Johnathan Pt. 1 | Ep. 41
Sep 16 • 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…
Melody Sweets | Ep. 40
Sep 9 • 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…
Brian Newman on performing with Lady Gaga | Ep. 39
Sep 2 • 26 min
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…
Daniel Emmet of America’s Got Talent | Ep. 38
Aug 26 • 25 min
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…
Prince protégé Elisa Fiorillo | Ep. 37
Aug 19 • 45 min
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…
Spiegelworld Founder Ross Mollison | Ep. 36
Aug 12 • 30 min
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…
David Copperfield Pt. 2 | Ep. 35
Aug 5 • 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…
Terry Bradshaw | Ep. 34
Jul 29 • 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…
Al Bernstein | Ep. 33
Jul 22 • 43 min
NEW SCHEDULE: New episodes of PodKats! will be released every Monday. My guest on this episode of PodKats! is a legendary boxing analyst and broadcaster who has called many title bouts in his four decades in the sport, including Hearns vs. Hagler and…
Oscar Goodman | Ep. 32
Jul 18 • 48 min
My guest in this episode of PodKats! is a Las Vegas legend, the mob attorney who defended such reputed Mafia members as Herbie Blitzstein, Meyer Lansky, Lefty Rosenthal, and Tony Spilotro. He’s a former three-term mayor, and this week he’s being…
David Copperfield Pt. 1 | Ep. 31
Jun 29 • 27 min
My guest in this episode of PodKats! is a legend in the world of magic and a long-running Strip headliner: David Copperfield, who performs at the theater named for him at MGM Grand. Copperfield still sells out up to 15 shows per week. He’s best-known for…
Jen Kramer | Ep. 30
Jun 17 • 34 min
Our guest on this episode of PodKats! Is the headlining magician at Westgate Las Vegas, Jen Kramer. She is not only the only female magician headliner in Las Vegas, but also the only magician to hold a Yale degree. She has just celebrated her one year…
Adam Steck | Ep. 29
Jun 6 • 36 min
Our guest on this episode of PodKats! is the founder of SPI Entertainment in Las Vegas, Adam Steck. He produces such shows as Boyz II Men at the Mirage; Human Nature at the Venetian; and Thunder From Down Under and the Australian Bee Gees. He has a new…
Wayne Newton | Ep. 28
May 24 • 31 min
Our guest on this episode of PodKats! is Mr. Las Vegas himself, Wayne Newton, who on May 16 celebrated his 60th anniversary of performing in Las Vegas. The 77-year-old Newton is currently headlining at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace. He talks of his…
Piff the Magic Dragon | Ep. 27
May 17 • 51 min
Our guest on this episode of PodKats! is the man who famously reminds us he is the loser of “America’s Got Talent.” But he’s no loser. He is Piff the Magic Dragon, the comic magician dressed as a dragon at Flamingo Las Vegas. The showroom where he…
Linda Smith | Ep. 26
May 10 • 42 min
My guest on this edition of PodKats! is one of the co-founders of Opportunity Village, Linda Smith. She has just released the book “Unwanted, How a Mother Learned to Turn Shame, Grief and Fear Into Purpose, Passion and Empowerment. Linda helped raise a…
Daniel Lamarre of Cirque du Soleil | Ep. 25
May 6 • 24 min
My guest on this episode of PodKats! is Daniel Lamarre, president and CEO of Cirque du Soleil, opening “R.U.N” at Luxor on Oct. 24th.
Perez Hilton & Nina DiGregorio | Ep. 24
Apr 26 • 34 min
My guests on this episode of PodKats! are Perez Hilton, a trailblazer in the world of celebrity journalism with his Perezhilton.com website, which he launched in 2004. And also his podcast with Chris Booker, which he is taping at The Space on Saturday…
Scott Bradlee of Postmodern Jukebox | Ep. 23
Apr 17 • 24 min
My guest on this episode of PodKats! is the founder of Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox, Mr. Scott Bradlee himself. The show has opened its residency at 1Oak Nightclub at the Mirage. The show runs Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. PMJ, as it is…
Craig Ferguson | Ep. 22
Apr 11 • 14 min
My guest on this episode of PodKats! is TV and stage performer Craig Ferguson. He left his late-night talk show in December 2014 after a decade on CBS. Ferguson set ratings records and earned a Peabody Award for Excellence in Broadcasting for his…
Brad Garrett | Ep. 21
Apr 2 • 34 min
Our guest this week on PodKats! is a column favorite and a dear friend. Comic actor Brad Garrett, who runs Brad Garrett’s comedy club at the MGM Grand! Garrett has performed on the Strip since the 1980s, as an opening act for such legends as Sammy Davis…
Christie Brinkley | Ep. 20
Mar 26 • 14 min
Our guest this week on PodKats! is supermodel Christie Brinkley. She is starring as Roxie Hart in the national tour of “Chicago” at The Venetian Theater from April 10-14. She talks about how she first performed the role on Broadway, her memories of Las…
Verdine White & Brody Dolyniuk | Ep. 19
Mar 19 • 26 min
Our guests on PodKats! No. 19 are artists who appreciate classic contemporary music. Earth Wind & Fire is onstage for 6 shows at Venetian Theater. Founding member and bassist Verdine White talks of his longevity, on and off the stage, and what inspired…
Dana Carvey | Ep. 18
Mar 8 • 18 min
I am on the prowl, indeed! Welcome to PodKats! This is Kats, John Katsilometes, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. My column is called Kats!, appropriately enough. Find it on page 3A every day online all the time. My guest on this episode of PodKats! is the…
Vinny Guadagnino & The Naked Magicians | Ep. 17
Mar 7 • 37 min
I am on the prowl, indeed! Welcome to PodKats! This is Kats, John Katsilometes, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. My column is called Kats!, appropriately enough. Find it on page 3A every day online all the time. Our guests on this episode of PodKats! are…
Ester Goldberg’s Totally Outrageous Brunch | Ep. 16
Feb 15 • 22 min
I am on the prowl, indeed! Welcome to PodKats! This is Kats, John Katsilometes, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. My column is called Kats!, appropriately enough. Find it on page 3A every day online all the time. Our guests on this episode of PodKats are…
Ice Cube | Ep. 15
Feb 8 • 17 min
I am on the prowl, indeed! Welcome to PodKats! This is Kats, John Katsilometes, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. My column is called Kats!, appropriately enough. Find it on page 3A every day online all the time. Our guest on this episode of PodKats is Ice…
Jay Kornegay, Myron Martin & Stephanie Sanchez | Ep. 14
Feb 1 • 36 min
I am on the prowl, indeed, as theme song indicates! Welcome to PodKats! This is Kats, John Katsilometes, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. My column is called Kats!, appropriately enough. Find it on page 3A every day online all the time. The scene is…
Cameron Hughes, Mike Hammer & Kenny Davidsen | Ep. 13
Jan 25 • 34 min
The scene never stops, folks, and this week I was ignited by Cameron Hughes! He’s known as the igniter! And he is the guy who works the crowd during breaks in the action at Vegas Golden Knights games at T-Mobile Arena. I also caught up with Mike Hammer,…
ZZ Top, Carlos Santana, Xavier Mortimer & Little Miss Nasty | Ep. 12
Jan 18 • 43 min
I am on the prowl, once more! Welcome to PodKats! This is Kats, John Katsilometes, of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. My column is called Kats!, fittingly enough, on page 3A every day online all the time. I met up with rock legends ZZ Top. I also Chat with…
Derek Stevens | Ep. 11
Jan 11 • 14 min
Derek Stevens, who, along with his brother Greg, have announced the name of the resort they are building on Fremont Street. The hotel-casino is scheduled to open in December 2020. If you follow the Kats! Column, you know that Derek is the bold overlord of…
The Righteous Brothers | Ep. 10
Jan 9 • 20 min
The Righteous Brothers, they are righteous, Bill Medley and Bucky Heard. The act has performed a residency at Harrah’s since 2015 and the residency is ongoing until 2019. Lets Hit It!
Mark Shunock, Travis Cloer & Amy Saunder | Ep. 9
Jan 9 • 44 min
Mark Shunock, is the proprietor of the Space and founder of Monday’s Dark. He also played Lonny in Rock of Ages at Venetian and the Rio. Since then, the Space has become a community destination, and Monday’s Dark is a popular music production and…
Human Nature, Terry Fator & Matt Ryan | Ep. 8
Dec 12, 2018 • 28 min
Human Nature has been a popular Las Vegas act since opening at the then-Imperial Palace — now Linq Hotel — in 2009. The Australian quartet began with a Motown-themed show presented by none other than Smokey Robinson, and have since moved to the Venenetian…
Jennifer Romas, Stephanie Calvert, Rockie Brown & Jason Tanzer | Ep. 7
Nov 30, 2018 • 31 min
Jennifer Romas of the adult revue Sexxy at the Westgate Las Vegas; Stephanie Calvert of the rock band Starship and also Tony N’ Tina’s Wedding; and Las Vegas rock tandem Rockie Brown and Jason Tanzer. Welcome to PodKats, this is Kats, John Katsilometes of…
Criss Angel, Frankie Scinta & Enoch Augustus Scot | Ep. 6
Nov 22, 2018 • 24 min
2008. The much-hyped “Believe” was originally a collaboration with Cirque du Soleil, but was not well received by reviewers or the public and went through a major overhaul soon after it opened. Angel convinced Cirque officials to allow him to produce the…
John Shaw, Branden Powers & Philip Fortenberry | Ep. 5
Nov 13, 2018 • 25 min
Welcome to PodKats, this is Kats, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I am on Page 3A, every day and online all the time. We have an action-packed episode this week with John Shaw of Zak Bagans Haunted Museum. John is a longtime magician…
Tenors of Rock, Oscar Goodman & Daniel Emmet | Ep. 4
Nov 13, 2018 • 19 min
Welcome to PodKats, this is Kats, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I am on Page 3A, every day and online all the time! We join the jam with Tenors of Rock, the quintet from the United Kingdom, has logged 500 shows at Harrah’s Showroom.…
Mat Franco, Chris Phillips & Murray Sawchuck | Ep. 3
Nov 13, 2018 • 21 min
Welcome to PodKats, this is Kats, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I am on Page 3A, every day and online all the time! Mat Franco is a champion of “America’s Got Talent,” and a champion on the Strip. He has headlined for three years at a…
Vinny Adinolfi, Jerry Lopez & Patrick Hughes | Ep. 2
Nov 13, 2018 • 19 min
Welcome to PodKats, this is Kats, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I am on Page 3A, every day and online all the time! We caught up with longtime rocker Vinny Adinolfi of Bronx Wanderers. Vinny is front man of the family act at Windows…
Frankie Moreno, Carlos Santana & Jeff Kutash | Ep. 1
Nov 13, 2018 • 23 min
Welcome to PodKats, this is Kats, John Katsilometes of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. I am on page 3A, every day and online all the time. We chat with Frankie Moreno, the Las Vegas showman who created the show’s theme song and who has headlined Carnegie…