ReviewsHARRAH'S RENO INTRODUCES GORDIE BROWN
Reno's Newest Celebrity Headliner Performs in Sammy's Showroom
By Mark Maynard - reno.com
RENO'S NEWEST HEADLINER
Combining the impressionistic talents of Rich Little, the deadpan musical parodies of the Doctor Demento Show and the comic timing and sensibilities of a modern stand up comedian, Reno's newest headliner Gordie Brown delivers an entertaining and fast-paced show that will appeal to audiences of almost all ages.
AMAZING CAST OF INTERNAL PERFORMERS
Brown has an amazing cast of internal performers past and present, and can bring them to life with rapid fire delivery, whether enacting a scene where several modern rock bands and performers are vying for a waiter's attention in a restaurant or performing a one-man duet between Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Jr. by donning and removing a fedora while changing mannerisms and voices in the blink of an eye.
Brown's unique style involves not only impersonating singers and celebrities, but also parodying their greatest hits with self-deprecating lyrics focusing on mannerisms, physical shortcomings or personality quirks that we are all familiar with.
ADEPT AT IMPROVISATION
While most of Brown's song parodies are scripted, he is quite adept at improvisation, especially when it comes to interacting with the audience. At a recent show, Brown even gave away one of his props to a nine-year-old girl seated in the front row. Jimmy Stewart (as impersonated by Brown) even makes a foray into the audience, asking questions and poking fun at hapless spectators in the front section of Sammy's Showroom.
SHOWCASE OF MUSICAL TALENT
The emphasis of the show is on comedy, but the humor showcases the musical talent (Brown is backed by a live band) and physical grace (including a send-up of Michael Jackson's best known dance moves) of Gordie Brown.
The impressions that Brown performs are uncanny, and it is easy to close one's eyes and imagine taking in a live Louie Armstrong show or a Roy Orbison concert. Classic casino headliners Englebert Humperdinck, Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin and Elvis all put in appearances as well.
FORMER POLITICAL CARTOONIST
Brown started out as a political cartoonist for "The Ottawa Sunday Herald" and his co-workers decided to enter him in an industry talent contest where he won first prize.
DISCOVERED BY RICH LITTEL AND PAUL ANKA
Brown's success led him to Las Vegas to begin an entertainment career. Less than two years later, two fellow Canadian performers, Paul Anka and Rich Little, discovered Brown and signed him as an opening act. Gordie Brown went on to perform with Jay Leno, Louie Anderson, Kenny Rogers, Randy Travis, Barry Manilow, The Righteous Brothers and Jerry Seinfeld.
NUMEROUS TELEVISION APPEARANCES
He has made numerous appearances on "Hollywood Squares" and most recently starred in the PAX television series, "Twice in a Lifetime" Brown performs over 100 shows each year for corporations such as Ford, AT&T, Pepsico and Motorola.