Has the Variety Show Become a Forgotten Art?
Last Wednesday night, I had the pleasure of performing at the taping of pilot of the Big Joe Henry’s Variety Show. What an incredible night it was at McLoone”s Supper Club in Asbury Park. The acts were great and included singers Little Isadore, and Lisa Bouchelle, magician Mike Scanzello, and the Pat Guadagno Band, The place was packed and a great time was had by all.
The variety show is a lost art and the fact that it’s gone is costing the entertainment industry big time. Variety shows were where families got together and watched. It was where singers, musicians, bands and comedians appeared on to have their careers launched. How many of those great acts owe their career to Ed Sullivan? Today we have none of that. Today, it’s never been easier to sell 10,000 records but never harder to sell 10 million. When you have so many places to promote, you really have no place to promote. A variety show can help these acts get the exposure they so desperately need and it couldn’t come at a better time!