Lounge singer Chris Phillips, aka Zowie Bowie put himself in the line of fire, Thursday night, April 23 as several strip entertainers and celebrities roasted him on stage in the Stratosphere Showroom in front of a packed house.
Joining Chris as he sat on a pink throne were roasters, comedian George Wallace, impressionist Gordie Brown, journalist Robin Leach, Dennis Bono, Frankie Scinta, professional roaster insult comic Vinnie Favorito, comedy magician Murray Sawchuck, singers Lorena Peril of Fantasy, Clint Holmes, Kelly Clinton-Holmes, the vocal group BBR, Justin Spencer of Recycled Percussion, Brian Thomas (“Lowercase g” at Kiss by Monster Mini Golf), entertainment reporter John Katsilometes and TV reporter Dayna Roselli. Roastmaster for the late night spectacle was comedy magician Mike Hammer.
It was no holds barred, as each and every celeb took their turn poking fun at Chris and, for that matter, their fellow roasters. The tan and blonde spike haired lounge singer, who has developed a huge fan base in the 8 years he has performed in Las Vegas was a great sport, laughing it up as the teasing, insults, and sarcasm regarding his talent, looks, sexuality, and interest in younger women kept coming at him in rapid order.
One of the highlights was Kelly Clinton-Holmes's hilarious video clip of her impersonation of Phillips on her Vegas Video Network talk show “Talktails”. Another, was when Clint Holmes delivered a parody of Chicago’s “Does Anybody Really Know What Time it Is? singing “Does anybody really know who Zowie Bowie is? Does anybody really care?” that brought down the house. BBR's Anne Martinez, Savanah Smith and Tara Palsha sang “Sweet Talking, Bleach Blonde, Tanning man” to the melody of Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy. Surprise guests featured two performers from “Nunsense” who danced around Chris and (we were informed) because Vince Neil couldn't make it, he sent a quartet of shirtless hunks from Thunder From Down Under to give Chris a lap dance, as his girlfriend, violinist Lydia Ansel, seated alongside the band, looked on.
Insult comic and professional roaster Vinnie Favorito, disregarded any boundaries. He went way over the line more than a couple of times with jabs at Lorena Peril, Clint Holmes and Gordie Brown. Vinnie responded to shocked reactions by saying: "Buckle up…its a roast, folks!"
Of course, everything was said in jest and not to be taken seriously. Anyone who is roasted knows what they are in for, and what to expect. Its all about having fun, and the Showbiz Roast of Chris Phillips certainly filled the bill.
The Showbiz Roast at the Stratosphere was the first by Producer Andy Walmsley. Word is, he is hoping this event was just the first in a series of roasts to come.