Comedian Jeff Wayne, who just happens to have a face like Fred Flintstone, the body of a true Southerner who loves greasy, sloppy, in your face barbeque food, and the robust humor of the late great Burl Ives, will be performing his one-man show, “Big Daddy’s Barbeque,” for one day only at the Starbright Theater in Summerlin, Sunday, Sept. 21.
The Los Angeles Times says this show is “Ferociously funny.” Variety dubbed the show “a one-man riot.” NPR says, “Jeff Wayne has an attitude like Al Bundy, this guy is laughs plus!” Wayne spent many hours researching barbeques, as he began writing the show. Once it was on paper he went to his friend, Ted Lange, who is best remembered as, Isaac (the bartender) on the television series, “The Love Boat,” and asked him if he would direct the show. Lange has kept busy since the “Boat” years directing movies. He just completed filming 26 episodes of “Mr. Box Office,” starring Jon Lovitz, and will be on the “Love Boat” float in the annual Rose Bowl Parade.
Jeff has performed the show over 1,000 times in over thirty cities. From its debut it was a critical and popular success, so much so a television pilot by NBC was made. Wayne and Lange decided it was time to bring “Big Daddy,” to Las Vegas, and this will be its Las Vegas debut. The original national tour and eventual success, was largely obtained by following Rob Becker’s one-man show, “Defending The Caveman,” which continues its long run on the Las Vegas Strip. Kevin Burke, star of, “Caveman,” said of Wayne, “Jeff Wayne is funny. I know he made me laugh so hard, I blew diet Pepsi through my nose. Several times.”
The plot of the show is simple: Jeff plays a letter carrier on his day off. He has his weekly barbeque, where he invites his friends over (the audience), and as he cooks Wayne pontificates and opines. “They say you should cut down on red meat, I stopped using Ketchup.” And he tells his audience about the lady we never see but her presence permeates, his XX-wife Phyllis. “Yes we were married, divorced and then I remarried, I wanted my house back!” There is a problem at today’s barbeque, Phyllis has been given tickets to the opera, and she wants to go. Big Daddy doesn’t. Many critics have had the same response, “it’s like watching Ralph and Alice Kramden in the “Honeymooners,” as Big Daddy tries to laugh, sing and dance his way out of going to the opera.
Wayne was always a funny kid, and as soon as he was able to leave Kentucky, Jeff traveled west to learn how to make people laugh, eventually landing at the world-famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. A seasoned veteran today, Wayne continues to perform his stand-up comedy at clubs, colleges, cruise lines, and on all the top television shows such as HBO, Showtime, A&E, Fox, and Comedy Central. The late Joe Delaney, of The Las Vegas Sun, tagged him as a “blue collar Lenny Bruce.”
Show time will be at 3:00 p.m., Sunday Sept. 21. Tickets are priced at $15.00. And, for the first time, tickets may be purchased on-line by going here and clicking on ‘BUY TICKETS,” or call the theater box-office at 702-240-1301. The Starbright Theater is located at 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Summerlin. “Big Daddy’s Barbecue” is just one of many productions staged by Mistinguett Productions.