Radio show to go live from 'New York'

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LAS VEGAS -- The city's newest comedy show -- billed as a cross between "Saturday Night Live" and "Monty Python's Flying Circus" -- is actually a cutting-edge radio production that will broadcast in real-time before a live audience at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino.

"Las Vegas Wired," a one-hour show that will be performed every Saturday at 5 p.m. Pacific time starting March 6, is the brainchild of writer Dennis Carr and his wife, Elise Pritcher.

"We asked ourselves, 'What's going to make this different from other radio shows? [The others] come from places no one's really interested in. If you come from a destination everyone knows, that might spur some interest.' "

The pair settled on Las Vegas but assembled their cast in Los Angeles, where they tested it before a few focus groups.

"The people loved it," Carr said. "So we moved to Las Vegas and went shopping for a casino."

They ended up in The Bar at Times Square in New York-New York, where the only airing of the show was performed Feb. 7 to a packed house. The bar itself seats about 100 people, and there were probably another 100 people just outside the bar area, Carr said.

"We absolutely did not have any idea that that many people would show up [for the first show]," he said. "We thought we would have to get to people with our radio advertising. That [that many] people would turn out and cheer [us] -- it was quite a nice feeling."

The show -- whose cast includes Carr, Valerie Carpenter, Eugene Kirk, Miriam Krasny, Stephen Sorrentino, Eric Torres, the Las Vegas Wired Puff Girls, the Las Vegas Wired Puff Boys and the Las Vegas Wired Band -- proved so popular that, after that first performance, it was decided that a larger venue within the New York-New York property was needed. As of press time, the show's new home had not been announced.

Thanks to syndication, "Las Vegas Wired" will be heard on stations nationwide, with new stations being added regularly.

For more information and details on syndication, visit www.lasvegaswiredradionetwork.com.

To contact reporter Amy Baratta, send e-mail to [email protected] .

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