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Tape Face Announces his Return to Las Vegas

Mime-Sensation Tape Face Announces His Return to Las Vegas for Limited Engagement at Flamingo Las Vegas.

After an ultra-successful engagement during Spring 2017, Tape Face returns for a sophomore residency at Flamingo Las Vegas. The America’s Got Talent sensation will take the stage for a limited-engagement at Bugsy’s Cabaret. Tape Face will perform on September 29-30, October 5-8, 19-22, 25 and November 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 2017, tickets available here

The mime artist heads back stateside fresh from his successful seven-week debut at the historic Garrick Theatre on London’s West End. Tape Face approaches everyday objects in a pensive, curious, whimsical way that insights the inner child in everyone. Through simple, clever and charming humor, he has created one of the most accessible and enjoyable shows the world has ever seen. Drawing on a heritage that includes silent film, mime, magic, puppetry, circus and the films of Patrick Swayze. He has become a critically acclaimed silent sensation with Simon Cowell comparing him to a modern Charlie Chaplin.

We look forward to welcoming back Tape Face to the stage at Flamingo Las Vegas,” said Damian Costa, Vice President of Entertainment Operations. “We’re excited to have his unique style of humor added to our first-class playbill of entertainment.”

The silence and mischievous antics begin with doors at 7:30 p.m., and an 8:00 p.m. show start.

Season 11 America’s Got Talent finalist, Tape Face has spent the last two years touring the world in various cities and performing limited-engagement residencies in venues that range from the world-famous Las Vegas Strip to London’s West End at the historic Garrick Theatre. The award-winning show is something the world can’t stop talking about. A former circus and street performer in his native New Zealand, Sam Wills has performed this progressive, unique silent stand up since 2008.


The Flamingo resort also hosts an all-star line-up of entertainers including brother-sister duo Donny & Marie, Legends in Concert, Piff The Magic Dragon and the late night adult revue X Burlesque.

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News story posted on 17-07-2017 18:00

Just For Laughs Comedy Pro '17: Mark Forward

Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is the most important annual global gathering of the biggest players in the comedy world. Just For Laughs ComedyPRO is a four-day event that explores all facets of comedy and takes place in July during the peak industry/media/performer dates of the Montreal Just For Laughs Festival. At Just For Laughs, they take humour seriously. The festival has become an entertainment landmark, recognized for the quality of its content and the professionalism of its staff.

“It’s now a much-anticipated event, with people tweeting the most provocative lines and an audio recording released online to a global audience.” – The New York Times, on Andy Kindler’s “State of the Industry Address” at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO 2015


2017 PARTICIPANTS at Just For Laughs ComedyPRO include: Kevin Hart, Jim Carrey, Trevor Noah, Danny McBride, Kaitlin Olson, Jay Baruchel, Ari Graynor, Andy Kindler, Georgia King, W. Kamau Bell, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, the casts and creators of Vice Principals (HBO), I’m Dying Up Here (Showtime), The Mick (FOX), The History of Comedy (CNN) and much more.

Just in time for Canada’s 150th birthday, Just For Laughs ComedyPRO presents Mark Forward’s Oh Comedy! A Canadian Perspective on the 27th July.

Oh Comedy! will do what everyone KNOWS can’t be done. It will make fun of, attack and ridicule that strong and powerful maple tree of success — the Canadian comedy industry.

Mark Forward has performed at JFL eight times, and who has spent 17 years in the Canadian comedy, which works tirelessly promoting its own talent like no other industry in the world, will take you on a journey of all the ups and downs of the past year.

He’ll shine a light on our billions of success stories, and help to explain our one or two tiny failures.

Canadian comedy has a rich history of supplying America with endless talent, but what are the stories of the ones that stayed behind? Tickets are available here

If you’re attending the Just For Laughs Festival you can also catch Mark’s latest show Mark Forward Wins All the Awards, part of this year’s ZoøFest.

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News story posted on 11-07-2017 11:00

Tape Face: Cover Star

Tape Face is the highly coveted Cover Star of The List’s Edinburgh Festival Guide this year, and sat down with the magazine, to chat about his new show, taking place at Pleasance Grand, from the 2nd Aug; 

'His glorious career as Tape Face may have started as a five-minute joke that spun out of control, but Sam Wills is taking nothing for granted. The Kiwi comic explains how recent success in America has led to some curious consequences

It goes without saying that Sam Wills doesn't give much away. The 38-year-old Kiwi, better known as Tape Face, and formerly as The Boy with Tape on his Face, is instantly recognisable with that kohl-eyed make-up, striped t-shirt and signature duct across his mouth. Last year he was seen by millions globally after reaching the final of America's Got Talent, even inspiring a spate of Halloween costumes. 'I counted about 700,' says Wills. 'I reckon it keeps parents happy. It's a pretty straightforward costume and you're guaranteed a quiet night.'

Yet despite that sudden attention, the prop comic and mime phenomenon still finds it easy to peel off his Tim Burton extra look and mooch about incognito. 'I can just blend into a crowd when I need to and disappear,' he says. 'That's one of the charms of starting as a street performer; you can choose when you want to be seen.'

As with his polished act, Wills knows how to build anticipation by only revealing what he has to at the opportune moment. Currently writing his next live show, he discloses only that he's returning to the mantra of 'expect nothing, enjoy everything'. In the meantime, he's performing a best-of show at the Fringe. 'It's a chance to purge this material completely. Because once it's gone, it's not coming back. The trouble with prop comedy and my style of comedy is it's a bit like being in a band: people want to hear their favourite joke. I've certainly noticed in America that when I pull the oven gloves out, it often gets a spontaneous round of applause.'

Read the full article, here 

TAPE FACE, The Pleasance, Edinburgh Festival, Wed 2–Sun 27 Aug, 9.40pm.

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News story posted on 07-07-2017 18:00

The List - Best Magic Shows - Edinburgh 2017

Thrilled that Ben Hart and Colin Cloud have made the prestigious The List Magazine's 'Best Magic Shows to See at the Edinburgh Fringe 2017' roundup; 'Edinburgh Fringe is the perfect place to see an array of styles and performers so we've selected our pick of the mind readers, card manipulators and illusionists looking to amaze you this August.'

Ben Hart can be seen at the Gilded Balloon from the 2nd to 27th August at 5.45pm. Tix available here

'Ben Hart returns for this third Fringe to premiere 'Belief?'. Hart is one of the performers in Impossible, a live magic spectacular that has played two consecutive years in London's West End, and has starred in BBC series Killer Magic, Now You See It and his solo show, Life Hacks Hoax. Expect tall tales, sleight of hand and mad inventions.'

Colin Cloud performs at the Pleasance Grand, 2nd to 27th August at 8pm. Tix available here

'Following three years of sell out shows the charismatic Cloud is back with a show deducing the audience's most intimate thoughts. You think you've picked the most obscure fact possible but Cloud knows, and he's going to tell everyone.'

The List - Best Magic Shows - Edinburgh 2017