Laughternoon, starring Adam London (CLOSED)
"After the Show" is playing inside the Krave Theatre on Monday nights. It is a late night variety entertainment that is geared to entertainers, locals, and those that want to be a part of this particular community. It is a chance for entertainers to entertain their peers and shamelessly self promote their upcoming events. It is a chance for the audience to see (mostly) unknown entertainment that ranges from the mundane to the brilliant. It is a relaxed atmosphere that is a lot of fun. It also has the tremendous advantage of being very inexpensive...locals get in free, and it's $10 for out-of-towners. There is a two-drink minimum.
I love this show, not for what it currently is, but for what I predict it will be. Both Las Vegas and Las Vegas entertainers have desperately needed this...a place to showcase talent. All it has ever needed is a venue and a huge "thank you" to the people running Krave to make this happen. No one is making big money on this, but it's not really costing anyone anything either. The entertainers are given a drink ticket as a ‘thank you' for performing, and the money they do make probably covers the cost of the bartenders and tech people...but far more important is the opportunity to see and be seen by the people in this community.
It reminds me of when the Bootlegger first got started with its karaoke night with Kelly Clinton. It started as a very mixed bag of singers, but quickly it started to draw some real talent, and when the real talent showed up, then talent buyers started to show up. Soon it was common knowledge that if you wanted to break into the entertainment industry as a singer in Vegas then you needed to go to the Bootlegger and sing. I see the same sort of thing going on here with "After the Show" for variety acts and comedians.
Right now, "After the Show" is relying on a few core performers with a few additions, but I imagine that word will get around quickly, and soon they'll be having a difficult time selecting the line up for the evening and having to turn performers away...a pleasant problem to be sure. It does point up the fact that there are a lot of really talented entertainers that are out there that are not working.
"After the Show" has only been going on for a couple of months, and I'm eager to see where it will be in six months.
It was a very pleasant night. The atmosphere was very relaxed and the entertainment moved nicely from one performer to the next, thanks to our hostess of the evening, Cashetta, who stars in "Magic's a Drag." If you didn't care for a particular performance...all you had to do was wait five-minutes...someone else would be coming along.
Entrance was free, drinks were cheap, and the entertainment overall was good. It was a great night, and I expect it to only get better.