As the Entertainment Capital of the World, Las Vegas is home to all sorts of colorful characters. Actors, acrobats, aerialists…and those are just the ones that start with “A.” From musicals to magic, there are tons of shows on and off the Las Vegas Strip. Even with so many different shows to choose from, there are certain characters that stand out from the crowd. Here are 6 Las Vegas show characters as unique as the city itself.
There are many words to describe The Gazillionaire, but most are too offensive to print. A sleazy snake-oil salesman with bad teeth, a bad suit and bad pointy shoes, he’s obnoxiously rich, compulsively horny and insanely cheap. As the financial backer and host for Spiegelworld’s Absinthe at Caesars Palace, Gaz is the man who introduces the show’s intoxicating lineup of circus, burlesque and vaudeville acts. Despite Gaz’ tendency to poke fun at the audience’s expense, they keep coming back for more. In fact, he’s been hosting the show for 7 years, was awarded a key to the city and even had Las Vegas Boulevard named after him for a day. And no, that’s not a banana in his pocket.
Puddles, (“Big” Mike Geier), is transforming the worlds’ perception of clowns, one audience at a time. A 7-foot clown with a golden voice, he isn’t evil or terrifying. He’s a sensitive soul with a big heart and (in Puddle’s case) a bigger voice. A classic “white clown,” derived from the character Pierrot in the late 17th century, Puddles puts a showstopping spin on classic songs and modern-day hits in his show, Puddles Pity Party. Don’t pity him too much. The tears of this clown propelled his rise to the quarterfinals of NBC’s America’s Got Talent, season 12. Now Puddles has taken his Pity Party on the road, landing at Cleopatra’s Barge at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas and touring legendary venues worldwide.
Edie, the Mistress of Sensuality
If you’re a little shy, prepare to blush. S-E-X is the name of the game for Edie, Mistress of Sensuality (Christopher Kenney). As the emcee for the adult-revue Zumanity at New York-New York, Edie introduces the show’s provocative cabaret-style and burlesque acts. She keeps the audience “in the mood” as the show explores sexuality and sensuality through acrobatics, comedy and contortionists. Cirque du Soleil’s only resident drag queen, Edie is also a certified marriage officiant. She oversees weddings on the set of the show along with Zumanity cast members, the Botero sisters and members of the show’s band.
Piff the Magic Dragon
Piff of Piff the Magic Dragon (John van der Put) first came to Las Vegas in 2014 and is now the city’s resident magic dragon. He is also the most notorious, far surpassing the Shark Reef Aquarium’s Komodo dragon due to his many appearances on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and CW’s Penn & Teller’s Fool Us. Piff is so popular he even has a showroom at the Flamingo Hotel & Casino named in his honor. Dressed in matching dragon costumes, Piff and his adorable canine assistant "Mr. Piffles” perform mind-boggling magic tricks. The deadpan duo has performed around the world to critical acclaim.
Passengers on any cruise look to the cruise director to set the tone and lead the fun. Fortunately for passengers on the OPM 73 from Uranus to Las Vegas, Lieutenant Harriet is looking for a good time. The bright, bubbly cruise director and activities coordinator just can’t say “no” when it comes to ensuring passenger satisfaction during Opium, an adults-only show at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas. With talented variety performers and an array of space oddities that would make the late, great David Bowie proud, you better fasten your seat belt. Opium an out-of-this-world journey – one that Lieutenant Harriet won’t let you forget.
Tape Face (Sam Wills) says one million words…without ever speaking a word. Equal parts prop comic, clown and mime, this silent performer says everything you need to hear with expressive eyes and a tape-covered mouth. Tape Face’s humorous and touching routines feature props, people and music. You won’t be able to stop talking and laughing about his one-of-a-kind performance. A finalist on America’s Got Talent, season 11, Tape Face brings his unique act to the House of Tape theater at Harrah’s Las Vegas. The show is accessible to audience of all ages, and you don’t even have to speak English.