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Topic: America's Got Talent - 2009
Message: Posted by: Utah_Showman (Jan 9, 2009 02:38PM)
America's Got Talent wants you!


For more info follow this link
http://www.sideshowworld.com/CastingCall-AmericaGotTalent-2009.html

John
Sideshow World
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 9, 2009 03:14PM)
After the way George The Giant was treated, I wouldn't wish this trash show and panel on a tatooed dog.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 9, 2009 04:14PM)
I can book a tattooed dog.
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Jan 9, 2009 04:21PM)
Can ya book a dog with two hearts? Cause I got one.
Message: Posted by: Stephon (Jan 9, 2009 05:47PM)
I've got a dog with the same number of legs as yours has hearts.

Tell us more.
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Jan 9, 2009 06:29PM)
I have two dogs, and each has two legs.
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jan 9, 2009 07:30PM)
I know a five legged dog.
Message: Posted by: T-RAY (Jan 9, 2009 07:40PM)
I own a five legged dog!!! He just got back from an audition for THE DOG WHISPERER!!! I'm serious :) you will be seeing ROCKY THE 5 LEGGED dog on TV soon.........can dogs audition for America's Got Talent?
Message: Posted by: x-treem (Jan 9, 2009 08:02PM)
Dang... I told my wife not to get cats.
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jan 9, 2009 08:14PM)
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On 2009-01-09 20:40, T-RAY wrote:
I own a five legged dog!!! He just got back from an audition for THE DOG WHISPERER!!! I'm serious :) you will be seeing ROCKY THE 5 LEGGED dog on TV soon.........can dogs audition for America's Got Talent?
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Yes.
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jan 9, 2009 08:15PM)
You know... I just got an idea for that.... Call me asap.
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Jan 11, 2009 10:46AM)
My rat terrier "Moochie" has a bog ol' cow spot on the side of his body in the perfect shape of a heart. So... technically he actually was born with two hearts! His rider has a minimum 4 digits per appearance.
Message: Posted by: FacadeTheStiltBoy (Jan 12, 2009 07:29AM)
I just loved how last year in the e-mail sent around by the producer that we needed to come up with a compelling story to use to get the crowd to cheer for us.

To hell with sympathy. The show seems like career suicide to me. (especially how they treat some of the other magicians on the show that have been working professionally for years)
Message: Posted by: Kondini (Jan 12, 2009 09:27AM)
I know 3 women who look like dogs, have 6 legs between them and walk down the street 6 abreast !
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 12, 2009 09:54AM)
6 legs between them...that makes 8 legs each...very difficult to take advantage of a moment ...
Message: Posted by: Stephon (Jan 12, 2009 01:44PM)
I should clarify--all of my dogs have two legs, it's just that one of them has only one set.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 12, 2009 02:20PM)
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On 2009-01-09 20:40, T-RAY wrote:
can dogs audition for America's Got Talent?
[/quote]

That's about all that do audition for that show.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 12, 2009 04:15PM)
It is no secret how I feel about this show. I have heard that it has done some good for the careers of a few mainstream variety acts like David and Dania. I would be very interested to hear anything positive from folks like George the Giant. I can't imagine anyone in the sideshow community "winning" this thing, so what I would like to know is what benefit has come from people in this community that have done the show in the past. I'm not asking about what might happen in the future. The producers can paint all those word pictures. I am asking about what good has come from this show so far.
Message: Posted by: ElectricBlue (Jan 12, 2009 07:21PM)
I agree,
Avoid these shows like the plague.
A lot of Australian circus performers got screwed around when the first season was filmed here.

It is really not worth it. You are basically giving the TV execs free programing for the chance to win the big one and at the end you can't even use your act any more because they won the rights to it now.

Its quite funny actually the word got around our performance community so quickly that by the time they went to create a second season everybody who had a web site with a phone number was getting the call around from the shows producers basically begging people to audition because the only acts they had were your standard high school talent night quality.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 12, 2009 08:48PM)
The sleaze that sits at the 'judging' table drips with smarm and slime...how anyone can stand watching that big faced super dork Hasselhoff and the old bag who has the nerve to be squeamish (at a sword swallow!!) after the horror show she lives daily and that prissy fool who puts on the airs...how any one can watch THEM of all the gutter crap in leftyville JUDGE any act is beyond me...I've talked to George in depth about this..he got hosed, backstabbed and insulted. Only Springer's own show crawls as low as this piece of crap. I love to see the Variety Acts but not this way. It's an embarassment. Even a high school night act can have dignity within the confines of it's art or misconception.
Message: Posted by: erikkloeker (Jan 12, 2009 11:51PM)
Actually Springer treated us very well AND paid us... that's 2 steps above AGT...
Message: Posted by: Police Magician (Jan 14, 2009 09:19AM)
Doug, you hit the nail on the head with your last post. I was asked about going on this show, but did not think I had anything so great to show. Besides, what makes these judges right for judging these types of acts?

Glenn
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 14, 2009 05:28PM)
Eric: I meant the exploitation of large slabs of trailer and ghetto trash that slosh their ignorant massive foul smelling asses across the stage and collide like Beach Masters at a mutant Sea Elephant spawning grounds over some butt ugly moronic jive punk who thinks he's a pimp. I could imagine Jerry Springer as a nice guy I guess...just shameless and really into exposing backwoods morons and urban stupidity in the most heartless form ever designed. The Elephant Man was lucky in his day to have it so good compareed to these fools.

Thanks Glenn.
Message: Posted by: erikkloeker (Jan 14, 2009 08:36PM)
Ratings talk I suppose, the stuff that they put on TV shows how pathetic the American as a public viewing audience really is...
Message: Posted by: georgethegiant (Jan 24, 2009 06:18PM)
I can't go in great detail here, but I will say what I can.
I had turned down the first two seasons of AGT, 1-there is no way an act like mine is going to win. 2- Did not want to go through a cattle call 3-Did not feel it was goung to help me in any way.
A fellow performer who I respect did the show the 2nd year and told me it helped him add zeros to his price, and that I should do the show.
If you are interested, do it, if your not, don't. But if you do, have savings or a rich partner.
that's all I can say.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 24, 2009 10:57PM)
George is coming to NYC in Feb. to perform at the Ripley's Times Square and I don't think that would have happened without the exposure of America's Got Talent.

And by the way, why that name for the darn show. It should be America Has Talent, if anyone gave a fig about grammar.
Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jan 24, 2009 11:53PM)
I'm coming to NYC in Feb. and having a meeting at Ripley's Times Square, If I had gotten exposure on AGT I don't think that would have happened.
Message: Posted by: Kune (Jan 25, 2009 11:25AM)
I just had a look at George The Giant after reading Doug Higley comment, and honestly I think a flipped coin would make a better judge :(
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 25, 2009 01:30PM)
So what are you trying to say with this comment? That if you had exposure on AGT you won't need the gig at Ripley's?

Or if the people at Ripley's had seen what you do on AGT they wouldn't want you?

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On 2009-01-25 01:08, Freak Prodigy wrote:
I'm coming to NYC in Feb. and having a meeting at Ripley's Times Square, If I had gotten exposure on AGT I don't think that would have happened.
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Message: Posted by: Freak Prodigy (Jan 25, 2009 02:07PM)
Of course the former Todd. IT'S NATIONAL EXPOSURE! Nothing can be better than THAT!
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Jan 25, 2009 02:23PM)
National exposure, with respect, is better. Self-respect also.
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Jan 26, 2009 07:45AM)
I prefer a fat pay check to national exposure.... of course I have received neither.

Strange for someone like myself who has an ability that no one else in the entire world has, but go figure.

And what is this respect thing I keep hearing about?
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 26, 2009 09:55AM)
George The Giant for reasons left unsaid has posted a comment here. Let's just say, he left out a few things on this PUBLIC forum. Being the gentleman that he is, I won't question his taking the high ground with these people on AGT.

Putting that aside...for ANY act that had put in development time and rehersal and in many cases years of live performance dues paying... to trot out and be humiliated (in some cases), out of context, disrespected on purpose and reduced to a minute of boos and ridicule or at best critique by 3 unqualified morons just plain sucks. All acts aren't good but variety acts all have a place. Vaudville always was the way for the masses to be exoposed to LIVE performers rather than being shut out of the elite forms like Opera and Ballet. I'm not saying there is no room for a 'Gong Show' where one knows what your getting into and the whole thing is for laffs and masochists...but an act has to be either desperate or misinformed to parade across the boards on AGT unless it is a PLANT or something very special. The everyday acts that would normally be entertaining in a local vaudville setting are just meat on a show like this...like the looneys are treated on American Idol. How desperate are you to just be SEEN?


Milage may differ.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 26, 2009 10:18AM)
What Doug said. There is never any reason to set yourself up for the potential of being fodder for ridicule.
Message: Posted by: Police Magician (Jan 26, 2009 11:31AM)
Doug, again you have hit the nail on the head. What qualifies those who sit in the judges chair to decide which acts have potential to move on to the finals?

If we had people like George Burns or some of the people who remember Vaudville, they might have a chance. One reason I did not accept was because my act is geared toward being interactive with audience members. Seeing some of the acts on the show proved to me that I have no place there.

Another point was the attitude of one of the judges, Piers. He seems to follow the guy from Idol, Simon, in his pronouncement of the acts.

Looking around this forum, I see a lot a great acts that could appear on the show. The quality of their performance would put them in the finals. But, as Todd stated, why set yourself up for ridicule. Until they get some judges who know quality variety acts, people will be paraded across the television screen like cattle. And, people will accept going on the show, even though the show cares nothing about them, only ratings.

The one act that did win, which I was glad to see, was Terry Fator. He is original and entertaining. I pulled for him during that season and was happy that they continued him on into the finals with the end result being what it was.

How it continues to be on year after year is beyond me.

Glenn
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 26, 2009 01:13PM)
It is important not to lose sight of what AGT is all about. And that is to create a show that people will watch. If the producers feel that acts must be humiliated and judges should be more colorful and qualified, so be it. What is of secondary importance is finding an act that they can promote and with which they can make money.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 26, 2009 04:49PM)
Curious as to how that Fator contract came about. Anybody know? Does he have the world's greatest agent/attorney or is vegas just stupid? I'm all for him and what ever he could get BUT good grief! Would he been happy to work for a couple of million?

"How about 2 million? No? hmmm...3 Million?"

"Sorry fellas..."

"ok...ok voice boy, 4 million..."

"I don't think so..."



"Look...kid...didn't you just work the Foriegn Legion Hall in Osh Kosh? Whad ya get? A grand?...ok...we'll make 5 million dollars...FIVE MILLION son!"

"Nope."

Repeat the above TWENTY more times!! Yipes! Terry must have had a heart attack and just gave in at 100 million.

Anybody know how that went down?
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 26, 2009 05:59PM)
I am only speculating when say that I doubt that number. I will ask around my Vegas friends about that deal.

I hope he does the numbers. That will be more variety in Vegas. And not just north of the border artsyness, but real variety as A level attractions. We'll see.

Todd

[quote]
On 2009-01-26 17:49, Doug Higley wrote:
Curious as to how that Fator contract came about. Anybody know? Does he have the world's greatest agent/attorney or is vegas just stupid? I'm all for him and what ever he could get BUT good grief! Would he been happy to work for a couple of million?

"How about 2 million? No? hmmm...3 Million?"

"Sorry fellas..."

"ok...ok voice boy, 4 million..."

"I don't think so..."



"Look...kid...didn't you just work the Foriegn Legion Hall in Osh Kosh? Whad ya get? A grand?...ok...we'll make 5 million dollars...FIVE MILLION son!"

"Nope."

Repeat the above TWENTY more times!! Yipes! Terry must have had a heart attack and just gave in at 100 million.

Anybody know how that went down?
[/quote]
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 26, 2009 07:45PM)
Thanks Todd...yeah that figure seems WAY out of sync to me too.

Just imagine: The NEW Palace Theater in Vegas...50 independent acts on contract for scheduled rotation in a 10 act Vaudville Show. The best of the best Variety acts willing to sign REASONABLE contracts just to be a part it. 5 acts anchor and 5 change every month. Even I would go to Vegas (shudder at the thought) for that.
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 27, 2009 12:53PM)
The show V has been doing variety for years in Vegas. I have never seen it. I think it is produced by David Saxe, Melinda's brother.

http://www.vtheshow.com/
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 28, 2009 04:22AM)
Thanks Todd!

Found this:

V Variety Show Description:
V the Ultimate Variety Show is a whole lot of fun. V is changing the look of Las Vegas entertainment with an astounding and energetic new creative concept. V the Ultimate Variety Show is much like the hit tv show thirty seconds to Fame. V has brought together high energy performers, out of this world acts from all over the globe to bring you a show that is not only highly entertaining but a whole lot of fun. There is no other show like V in Las Vegas. The cast of entertainers and vaudeville type format make V utterly irresistible. V plays to a sold out crowd almost every night and once you see it you will understand why.

Other Shows
Amazing Johnathan
American Superstars
Barbara and Frank
Bette Midler
Bite Card
Blue Man Group
Cher
Chippendales
Chris Angel Believe
Comedy Pet Theatre
Crazy Girls
Crazy Horse Paris @ MGM
Danny Gans
Dirty
Dr Scotts Comedy
Elton John
Fab Four
Folies Bergere
George Wallace
Gordie Brown
Haunted Vegas Tour
Improv Comedy Club
Jay White
Jersey Boys
Jubilee
KA
La Cage
Lance Burton
Larry G Jones at Royal
Le Reve
Legends In Concert
Love
Lucky Chengs
Mac King Comedy
Madame Tussauds
Mamma Mia
Men of Sapphire
Mystere
Nathan Burton at Flamingo Hotel
O Show
Penn and Teller
Phantom of the Opera
Platters and The Marvelettes
Rat Pack
Rita Rudner
Riviera Comedy Club
Second City
Show Bus Of The Stars
Sopranos Last Supper
Steve Wyrick
Stripper 101
The Vegas Mob Tour
Thunder Down Under
Todd Robbin's Gold Diggers Of 1942
Tony and Tinas Wedding
V Variety Show
Vinnie Favorito
Wayne Newton
Xtreme Magic Dirk Arthur
Zumanity

Official site:

http://www.varietytheater.com/
"V The Ultimate Variety Show" at Planet Hollywood brings a variety of acts together on one stage. It is a showcase for many talented local and international performers. You'll see a bit of everything here juggling, magic, comedy, music and acrobatics, which only equals one thing the ultimate variety show for all ages!

Because the show runs non-stop, acts are rotated, so it's unlikely you will see the same show twice. "V The Ultimate Variety Show" is exciting, mesmerizing and full of humor. V is voted the #1 show in Las Vegas!
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 28, 2009 08:28AM)
Except for that Gold Digger's show (with the original cast from 1942!) there is not much on that list worths seeing. The Gold Digger show is exciting because the Jitterbug number is very lively and you never know when someone will break a hip.
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Jan 28, 2009 08:54AM)
So, people watch it, for the same reasons they watch us?
Message: Posted by: Todd Robbins (Jan 28, 2009 10:29AM)
Exactly. It is a real NASCAR-waiting-for-a-crash appeal.
Message: Posted by: Harley Newman (Jan 28, 2009 12:02PM)
I guess, next show, I'll just go in a circle. It should be easy, just keep turning left. (not an original joke, just so Nipps doesn't get all bothered).
Message: Posted by: erikkloeker (Jan 28, 2009 12:33PM)
The world's best juggler, Anthony Gatto, used to do the V show before going to Cirque Du Soleil.
Message: Posted by: Doug Higley (Jan 28, 2009 03:08PM)
A little background...Todd Robbin's Gold Diggers Of 1942 recently replaced the Gold Diggers of 1978 show, which was on the skids because of the work ethic of the performers. Robbin's (is this OUR Todd Robbins?) decided to go back to a generation that knew what side the bread was buttered on. An added benefit was that the audiences can now relate to the age group being presented. One of the fun aspects of the show is an interactive one, as audience members occasionally shout medical advice to the performers, not a few of whom have been seen to take notes.
Highly recommended.
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Jan 29, 2009 07:29AM)
[quote]
On 2009-01-28 13:02, Harley Newman wrote:
I guess, next show, I'll just go in a circle. It should be easy, just keep turning left. (not an original joke, just so Nipps doesn't get all bothered).
[/quote]

I only get bothered when hot.
Message: Posted by: thegreatnippulini (Jan 29, 2009 07:34AM)
We stayed at PH (Panet Hollywood) in October for the wedding. The casino was nice, not the best.. I've stayed at lots of resorts and have been to Vegas at least a dozen times. While at PH, we noticed a nice amount of publicity for the V show. Personally I felt it appeared (key word Harley, APPEARED) to be designed for the mainstream audience.... over-the-top safe show. A little Vaudeville, a little Veagas, and a lot of Hollywood. Don't know if I would want to work the show, or what the pay must be like.