Talking With Sommelier Kirk Peterson – August 31, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Sommelier Kirk Peterson. To listen to the interview click below.

Kirk Peterson is beverage director for the Batali & Bastianich Hospitality Group in Las Vegas, which includes B&B Ristorante, Carnevino Italian Steakhouse, Otto Pizzeria e Enoteca, and B&B Burger & Beer.

He is also one of only 34 Italian Wine Ambassadors in the U.S., certified through Vinitaly International. Peterson is a Certified Sommelier and a member of the Court of Master Sommeliers.

Peterson grew up in a small town in Northern Nevada before eventually making his way to Las Vegas to attend film school. After working in the entertainment industry from Los Angeles to Australia, he returned to Las Vegas to make his favorite hobby and true passion a career: wine and spirits. He joined the opening team of Carnevino in 2008.

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Talking With Pat Christenson – August 24, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Pat Christenson. To listen to the interview click below.

Pat Christenson is author of “Rock Vegas, Live Music Explodes in the Neon Desert.”

For nearly 35 years, Christenson has participated in the evolution of live-music events in Las Vegas-up to the present, that’s more than 500 concerts.

From 1983 through 2001, he managed the major arena (Thomas and Mack Center) and stadium (Sam Boyd Stadium) in Las Vegas. Since then, as president of Las Vegas Events, Christenson has been involved in the development of five major music festivals. .

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Talking With Shecky Greene, Part Two – August 17, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Shecky Greene. To listen to the interview click below.

Shecky Greene is considered by his peers to be the consummate nightclub performer. As a headliner in Las Vegas for more than 30 years he has been seen by millions of people. He does not have a repetitious act, but each performance is tailored to his audience. Quoting Bob Hope, he is truly a “comedian’s comedian” who not only tells jokes, but sings, tells stories, improvises songs during a show–and occasionally becomes quite physical on stage.

Las Vegas is known for featuring the world’s best and most talented performers, and Shecky’s has always been the show to see–not only for hotel guests, but for those who live there as well. His comedic talent is enjoyed by other entertainers who on their nights off stay after their own engagements to watch him perform. Jerry Lewis calls him “the epitome of comic genius.”

Greene hails from Chicago and began his career near Milwaukee while still in college. He left college for good when Martha Raye asked him to play her club in Miami, and later returned to Chicago to work the famed night spot, The Chez Paree.

His move to Las Vegas was a natural step in his career. It was there that he introduced Elvis to the Las Vegas audience when Presley performed as his opening act.. His work in films include “Splash,” “Mel Brooks History of the World Part 1,” and “Tony Rome.”

He was the guest host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Mike Douglas Show,” but he is probably best remembered for his role as Braddock in the hit action drama, “Combat.”

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Talking With Shecky Greene, Part One – August 10, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Shecky Greene. To listen to the interview click below.

Shecky Greene is considered by his peers to be the consummate nightclub performer. As a headliner in Las Vegas for more than 30 years he has been seen by millions of people. He does not have a repetitious act, but each performance is tailored to his audience. Quoting Bob Hope, he is truly a “comedian’s comedian” who not only tells jokes, but sings, tells stories, improvises songs during a show–and occasionally becomes quite physical on stage.

Las Vegas is known for featuring the world’s best and most talented performers, and Shecky’s has always been the show to see–not only for hotel guests, but for those who live there as well. His comedic talent is enjoyed by other entertainers who on their nights off stay after their own engagements to watch him perform. Jerry Lewis calls him “the epitome of comic genius.”

Greene hails from Chicago and began his career near Milwaukee while still in college. He left college for good when Martha Raye asked him to play her club in Miami, and later returned to Chicago to work the famed night spot, The Chez Paree.

His move to Las Vegas was a natural step in his career. It was there that he introduced Elvis to the Las Vegas audience when Presley performed as his opening act.. His work in films include “Splash,” “Mel Brooks History of the World Part 1”, and “Tony Rome.”

He was the guest host on Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show,” “The Merv Griffin Show” and “The Mike Douglas Show,” but he is probably best remembered for his role as Braddock in the hit action drama, “Combat.”

http://www.sheckygreene.com

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Talking With Fielding West – August 3, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Fielding West. To listen to the interview click below.

Magician and comedian Fielding West talks about his life in magic and comedy, and lessons learned; his recent role in Lance Burton’s film, “Billy Topit, Master Magician”; and his recent awards and recognition from magical organizations.

West was introduced to magic by his grandfather who was an amateur magician. After high school, he put himself through college, paying for his degree by performing in a band as a drummer and doing magic shows for children.

In 1973 while selling cars and going to graduate school at night in Tallahassee, Florida, he met an unknown comedy magician named Steve Martin. After seeing Martin perform, West knew that he wanted to be in show business for the rest of his life. The concept of a comedy act began.

Three years later West moved to Jacksonville, Florida and started his own Saturday morning children’s show on television with a Post/Newsweek station, WJXT. The show. “Magic Gang,” was the highest rated kids show in its time slot for two years. Not being satisfied with entertaining only children, he pursued a nightclub act.

A year and a half after leaving television, he put together a successful touring show called the Amazing Fielding And Company, which included illusions and hypnosis. The act, after two years, led him to Las Vegas. There, West met Liberace, who helped him get his first break by showcasing his act at the Sahara Hotel. Since then he has been working all over the world as a featured star in large production shows and as an opening act for major stars.

West’s career has now come full circle. He has appeared on a multitude of comedy specials and popular sitcoms. He is also a successful comedy writer for other magicians and comedians. West is well-known in the corporate market and for a course he created, called Stagecraft 101; he manages speaking seminars for young performers that teach how to speak more effectively.

http://www.fieldingwest.com/

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