Ayala on The Entertainment Files.

•August 13, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Ayala was starring in Dick Foster’s Spellbound in Las Vegas when I first met him. He is considered by many to be Mexico’s top magician. We were delighted when Joaquin stopped by the Entertainment Files studio for this interview.



Pudgy on The Entertainment Files.

•August 10, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Pudgy was a wonderful “insult comedian” who had a Don Rickles, take no prisoners approach to comedy. She was the resident comedy performer in Crazy Girls at The Riviera Hotel in Las Vegas. She was really nice when she visited us in the Entertainment Files studio though!


An Artist Is

•August 10, 2020 • Leave a Comment

I just received this blog post from an agent and really liked it. I thought it was well worth sharing. It was written by Bob Lefsetz. You can find his blog at http://www.lefsetz.com/lists/?p=subscribe&id=1 

An Artist…

Doesn’t follow trends.
Sets trends.
Doesn’t give the audience what it wants.
Gives the audience what it needs.
Has a sense of history. If there’s no context, there’s no art. Art is a reaction, a transmogrification…unless you know where you’ve been, you don’t know where you’re going.
Knows that money is secondary to art.
Knows that money, if it comes, usually does so last…it takes that long for people to catch up with you, and once they do you don’t rest on your laurels but keep innovating, which challenges the audience to stay bonded.
Knows that execution is secondary to conception. All art is based on conception. The light bulb going off. The idea. Then it’s a race to get it down in a comprehensible form as soon as possible. The more you think about it, the greater the chance of compromise, and art is never about compromise.
Knows that some of their best ideas come when they’re not working.
Realizes they’ll never fit in, otherwise they wouldn’t be an artist.
Must change and grow. Which is why Picasso is a legendary superstar and Braque is a moment in time.
Listens to advice, listens to feedback, but is not bound by it. If you don’t read the reviews, if you don’t listen to what people say, then you’ve got no context. This does not mean you have to take blowback to heart, it just means you can’t create art that has impact unless you understand the populace that reacts. Today everybody reacts. How do you deal with that? Do you create art that makes people post, that offends them, that makes them jump for joy? You are in control of the journey but not the destination. But that does not mean you should not have a map.
Speaks truth to power.
Is not a member of the group, is not a member of the club.
Knows that awards are meaningless. Or at best meaningful for a day. Talk to any true star who’s won, the glow blows off very quickly.
Doesn’t have to tell people they’re great, their work speaks for itself. Unless telling people you’re great, braggadocio, is part of your art.
Doesn’t complain. The game is rigged, the odds are stacked against you, deal with it. Sure, you can be frustrated, but complaining about it just aligns you with the whiners who are not artists, and you don’t want to be dragged down into the hole they’re in.
Affects society, but is separate from it.
Knows that the power of their art supersedes the power of their pocketbook.
Doesn’t bitch about the value of their work. The value is established by the audience. Or, you have your own metric, but then you can’t bitch about the reaction or lack of acceptance.
Frequently creates alone, but oftentimes is inspired by interaction with others. And the closer they are to these others, the more contempt they have for them. You want to do it your way, they want to do it their way, and oftentimes this tension results in work that is better than either of you could do individually. Don’t confuse this with tracks built by twenty “songwriters.” There’s too much thinking involved in that, and art runs on instinct.
Let me repeat that, an artist runs on instinct, on their gut, on what feels right, and as soon as they go against that, they’re toast…their art is compromised.
An artist knows when they do great work. Which comes only occasionally. No one can ring the bell every time out. But when you’re channeling the gods, you know it. Actually, once you become aware that you’re walking on the tightrope, that you’re in the league of greatness, once you become self-conscious, you often fall. The key is to stay in the mood, the groove, for the duration of creation.
An artist is willing to fail. Not that they’re willing to share all their failures. But if you don’t play, you cannot win, you must be willing to fail in the eyes of the public.
Believes they’re God on Monday, Wednesday and Friday and a piece of crap the rest of the week.
Art is a Sisyphean task. Once you make it to the top, you roll right down to the bottom and have to start all over again.

Mac King on The Entertainment Files

•August 6, 2020 • Leave a Comment

In 1998, Mac King swung by the studio to record this Interview for the Entertainment Files. As always it was a pleasure to chat with “The King” of comedy magic. Mac has now got the longest-running comedy magic show in Las Vegas.

Bob Anderson on The Entertainment Files

•August 4, 2020 • 2 Comments

Bob Anderson was “The King of the Tuxedoed Impressionists.” He performed the definitive Frank Sinatra impression and was a mainstay of Las Vegas entertainment. We were delighted to welcome this talented and charming performer to be our guest on The Entertainment Files. I recall one of my favorite show biz moments when I watched Bob and Buddy Greco sitting together at a piano singing a song. Anderson was imitating Buddy so impeccably that it was even freaking out Mr. Greco. 

David Cassidy on The Entertainment Files

•July 31, 2020 • Leave a Comment

David Cassidy was long past his teen idol days when I filmed this interview. He was however in a very successful stage of his career starring in the spectacular EFX musical at the MGM Hotel in Las Vegas. He was very charming and a great interview. The next time I saw him was just before he passed on, it was mid-morning in a cigar bar in Fort Lauderdale. I did not recognize him, his heavy drinking days had taken a terrible toll. Very sad, I prefer to remember him in this backstage interview from 1988.

Steve Schirripa On The Entertainment Files

•July 29, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Back in the early ’90s, everyone in Las Vegas knew who Steve Schirripa was.  He was a larger than life legend to every comedian. He launched a second career as an actor that was meteoric. His roles in The Sopranos and Blue Bloods were just two of his many successes. I got to interview Steve on The Entertainment Files and requested to do the interview with Steve the actor–who was actually a few years away from being really launched. You will notice in the interview that he thought I was slightly crazy! I knew what I was doing though and that he was going to be a big star one day though. I look at it as being one of the few “scoops” I ever achieved on the show.


Fielding West on The Entertainment Files

•July 28, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Fielding West is a very dear friend and a wonderful comedy magician. I was able to entice Fielding to the studio for this Entertainment Files interview. He is his usual charming self but definitely shows his more serious and thoughtful side.

Melissa Anderson on The Entertainment Files

•July 26, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Our guest on this episode was the gorgeous and talented Melissa Anderson we were very excited to have her visit with us in Las Vegas and drop by the studio to discuss her amazing career. 



Luna Shimada on The Entertainment Files

•July 25, 2020 • Leave a Comment

Luna is a wonderful performer and a very good friend. We recorded this interview in 1988, and she performed a very nice Gypsy Thread on the show live. Luna’s father is Haruo Shimada and her mother was Deanna, who were one of the finest magic acts the world has seen. Luna keeps up the tradition very nicely!


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