Tony Sacca

  Gordie Brown

Comic impressionist and parody singer Gordie Brown is one of Las Vegas' latest headliners. On October 24, 2006, Gordie Brown moved into the Showroom at the Venetian Resort & Casino that not only bears his name, but was also built for him. Now some might think that this is just another guy getting a break and making it overnight.  
  But, Gordie Brown came to Las Vegas in 1987 to make the rounds and show his wares and also possibly someday to meet fellow Canadians, singer/songwriter Paul Anka and impressionist Rich Little. Gordie tells me that Rich Little was probably the one who inspired his career the most.

If any of you have ever read the “Law of Success” by Napoleon Hill, you would know that he has interviewed with over 25,000 of the most successful individuals on the planet,

such as Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, just to name a few, and unlocked the 16 principals for success. They would include: thought, desire, self-confidence, persistence, self-control, a pleasing personality and 10 more to go with that. One of my favorites is, “quitting is not an option.” Those of us who are in the industry of showbiz know that quitters never win and winners never quit. Gordie Brown lives this philosophy.

Although he came and went during that visit to Las Vegas in 1987, he did receive a call to return to make his first appearance in the Entertainment Capital of the World and, as they say, the rest is history. But why not give you a little of Gordie Brown's history.

Gordie Brown tells me, while in Las Vegas, he submitted one of his promo packages to Producer Gino Manure, who in turn shared it with producer and former dancer Bonnie Saxe, mother of magician Melinda. As a result, eight months later, Gordie received a phone call that would change the course of his career. He was asked to join fellow impressionist, Babe Pier and juggler Anthony Gatto, as one of the specialty acts with Melinda, the First Lady of Magic. He was also a part of the small cast of impressionists who performed in Rich Little's "Copy Cats” at the Sahara Hotel and Casino, a dream come true to have finally worked with his mentor. Gordie also became the opening act for Paul Anka during a Canadian tour, another dream come true.

Over the years, Gordie also opened for Louie Anderson, toured with Barry Manilow, and performed in Dick Foster's production of "Spellbound" at both the Landmark and Harrah's in Las Vegas. He spent a few years in Los Angeles doing stand-up comedy. He made his national television debut on A&E's "Evening at the Improv." That was followed by a job co-hosting NBC's "Friday Night Videos," a starring role on PAX TV's "Twice in a Lifetime," and several appearances on "Hollywood Squares." Gordie also wrote and recorded the theme song for the Emmy Award-winning animated TV series, "Life With Louie.” During the two years of his one-man, many-voices show at Harrah's in Reno, Gordie earned numerous awards including the Reno Gazette Journal's Best Casino Show for both 2002 and 2003, Nevada Magazine's Best New Show/Best Entertainer for 2002 and Best Entertainer/Best Comedian for 2003, and the Sacramento Bee named him Entertainer of the Year in 2002.

Gordie Brown is a very entertaining, high-energy show and a crowd pleaser. Some of his characters include: Jim Carrey, Johnny Carson, Tom Cruise, Billy Crystal, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone just to name a few.

From the world of music, there are Gordie's original parodies of songs made famous by Louis Armstrong, Garth Brooks, James Brown, the Rat Pack's Sammy Davis Jr., Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra and believe me I can go on-and-on. With each impression you also get an uncanny physical resemblance with many of his characterizations. The Montreal, Canada native was also a political cartoonist with the Ottawa Sunday Herald, the foundation that would lead Gordie to becoming the impressionist that he is today. Gordie Brown has been a successful impressionist since he was old enough to work.

For an evening of entertainment and laughter from one of the best, comic impressionist parody singer, entertainer and gentleman, Gordie Brown will deliver for you nightly, except Wednesday and Thursday, at the Venetian Resort & Casino in the showroom that bears his name.

That's what Brown (Gordie Brown) can do for you…



If you have any comments or questions please contact me at [email protected]. You can watch Entertainment Las Vegas Style every Saturday night at 12:30 am on Vegas TV, Cable 14, TV-25, and again at 2:00 am (late night) on WB-Cable 12, TV-21. You can also listen to my radio show every Saturday at 5:00 pm on news radio K-NEWS 970 am, 5 – 6 p.m.



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