Laughternoon, starring Adam London (CLOSED)
"Jeff Hobson’s Money and Madness Show" is playing inside the Merlin’s theater at the Excalibur Hotel and Casino. It is a one-man show that gives Jeff Hobson a chance to showcase his wonderful talents and persona to an audience and delight them with an hour of comedy magic, and oftentimes, pure insanity. The one-man show format is a tough gig to pull off and is accomplished only due to the efforts and energy of Hobson.
The thing that separates this show from others is the hook of offering money to the audience members to entice them to be part of the show. Money is occasionally thrown at you while you watch, and you never know when the next opportunity will be to gain a few bucks here and there. In addition, while you probably won’t collect back the full price of the ticket, the joy and delight of found money is almost universal--you get entertained, and you get a few dollars. The appeal is wonderful.
Prior to this production, Jeff Hobson has been busily working in a variety of shows all over the Strip. His charisma and talents set him apart from many of the performers in Vegas, and his skills have certainly been recognized. He got the opportunity of doing this show the old fashioned way--he earned it.
Carrying an hour of entertainment is no easy task, but Hobson kicks off the show in high gear and doesn’t ever let up. You can see him working up there, but his energy seems boundless. His persona is one of ambiguity...you’re never quite sure if the flaming homosexual character is a put on or not, and he never misses an opportunity to play up on that uncertainty. It is a tight rope-walking act that is expertly balanced by Hobson.
Most of his best moments come through his interaction with the audience. Hobson never seems to be at a loss for a quick quip or a comeback to whatever the audience may throw at him, and the lengths that he will go to lure volunteers onto the stage are hilarious.
All of Hobson’s magic is up close and personal. It is all sleight of hand work that requires tons of skill and masterful showmanship.
The Merlin theatre in which the show plays is a small 400-seat space that is also used by the "Thunder From Down Under." The room has the feel of a converted space with a make shift stage on one side. The lighting and technical support in the space is marginal, and the flat auditorium space often makes it hard to see. Hobson does his best to overcome these obstacles--his ventures into the audience bring the show to you, and with it, all of the delight of his performance.
"Jeff Hobson’s Money and Madness Show" is a great way to kill an hour in the evening. The madness is evident in folly of Hobson’s performance, and the money is a great hook and enticement to the joy of the evening. Two very unique aspects are brought together in this show, and hopefully, it will be one that catches on.