“Party in the Pod” for Special Olympics Nevada | Saturday, July 19th at The Linq

The quick scoop – Special Olympics Nevada is holding a very cool event called “Party in the Pod” at The Linq next Saturday, July 19th from 1- 5:30pm.  The schedule for the day:

1:00 – 1:45pm red carpet viewing and photos

1:45 – 3:00pm High Roller meet and greet in pods

3:00 – 4:00pm open walk at The Linq

4:00pm – 5:30pm my show in The Q Theater at The Quad

There are various pod / show packages including… wait for it… “an exclusive pod experience with Las Vegas headliner and comedian Jeff Civillico.”  I can’t say exactly what will happen when we’re locked in that pod for 30 minutes towering above the Las Vegas Strip, but there may or may not be juggling lessons, special swag give-aways, and selfie contests (there will definitely be selfie contests).  I can assure you it’s gonna be a blast!!  The best part about this event??  The money raised on the 19th goes directly to athlete programs for the state of Nevada.  Prices are $75 for a general pod, $110 for my pod, and $2500 for a sponsorship of a pod.  All of these prices of course include a ticket to my 4pm show on the 19th as well. ***Special offer for my peeps – use the code POD for an extra $10 off!  Shh…

Props to Paul Shortino of “Raiding the Rock Vault” and singer Maren Wade for getting involved as well.  I urge my friends in the Las Vegas entertainment industry to get involved, even if it’s just coming to hang out at The Linq on the 19th, and to ride The High Roller with some of the athletes and Special Olympics Nevada team members.

So if you have not yet ridden The High Roller… (1) What the heck are you waiting for!?!?  (2) July 19th is the day to do it – when the money goes to a fantastic cause that directly benefits one of our state’s best nonprofits.  All the info regarding timing, pricing, etc. can be found at http://partyinthepod.com.

The back story– why is Special Olympics Nevada so important to me?

The first public show I ever performed (outside of my kitchen!) was in high school for a special needs school for developmentally disabled boys and men down the street from where I grew up outside Philadelphia.  I became friends with many of the students there, as well as the staff… particularly Don Guanella School’s President for 30+ years and beloved Philadelphian Bob Neely.  I had such a great experience performing at The Don Guanella School, that I kept performing there all through high school, college, and beyond… even since moving to Vegas.  I can really trace my current love for performing back to those initial shows when I had absolutely no idea what I was doing!

Jeff Civillico spinning plate

Tongue out, for style points

Since moving to Vegas a few years ago now, it’s been great to be able to continue to give back to the special needs community in my own way.  I absolutely love going “Over the Edge” for Special Olympics every October, rappelling down Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.  Last year I rode my unicycle off the casino: http://www.jeffcivillico.com/entertainer-journal/edge-special-olympics-nevada/  No idea how I’m going to top that this year!

So when Executive Director Matt Resler approached me about this event he was putting on at The Linq, and asked if I wanted to combine The High Roller ride with my 4pm show at The Quad, it was an absolute no-brainer!

Hope to see you on the 19th!  It really will be a fun day.  Again for more information, please visit: http://partyinthepod.com

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4th of July at The Linq

Amazing 4th of July celebration last night at The Linq!  I kicked things off with a performance and hosted the event outdoors at The Fountain Stage.  The Jubilee showgirls did a special performance as well.  The Nellis Air Force honor guard did a special presentation of the colors.  VP and GM of The Linq Jon Gray announced the transformation of The Quad Casino to The Linq, and the opening date October 30th.  The Clark County Commission Lawrence Weekly was there as well and spoke.  It was so fantastic to see The Linq so packed!

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New Scientist Article | “Learning To Juggle Grows Brain Networks For Good”

Interesting article about the effect of learning a new task, in this specific case juggling, on the development of your brain.  Thanks to my webmasters, Tammie and Blaine, for thinking of me and sharing!

Juggling boosts the connections between different parts of the brain by tweaking the architecture of the brain’s “white matter” – a finding that could lead to new therapies for people with brain injuries.

And my favorite excerpt:

The same transformation was seen in all the jugglers, regardless of how well they could perform. This suggests that it’s the learning process itself that is important for brain development, not how good you are.

I can remember as a kid trying to learn the more technical patterns (before I realized that people just want to laugh and be entertained!).  At times I could really feel myself stretching mentally to try to make the objects in front of me actually do what I could visualize them doing in my head.  I think my parents could see this too, from their constant support of juggling as a constructive hobby growing up, despite no background themselves in the sport / art.

Read the whole article in New Scientist.

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TV Spot | The Cooking Channel’s “Be My Guest”

The other day I filmed a spot for Robert Earl’s new TV show “Be My Guest,” set to air this Fall on The Cooking Channel.  Robert Earl is Founder and CEO of Planet Hollywood, and Chairman of the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino here in Las Vegas.  He owns an assortment of restaurants in addition to Planet Hollywood including Planet Dallies, Buca di Beppo, and Earl of Sandwich.  The TV show follows Robert around to all his different restaurants where he invites different guests to come join him for a meal, discuss the food, the ambiance, etc.  This episode was all about Chayo, Robert’s Mexican Kitchen & Tequila Bar at The Quad that opens out in to The Linq.

This was really special for me because Robert Earl in a sense gave me my start in Vegas, by allowing me to perform my dinner show upstairs in his Planet Hollywood (Restaurant) in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace 3 years ago now.  We talked about that on-camera, and I think it will turn into a really nice spot.  Thanks for everything, Robert!

I will of course share the air date when I know.  Whoo!

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Be My Guest with Robert Earl

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2-Year Anniversary Celebration at The Quad – Show Pics

Photographer Ira Kuzma was on-hand for the show, front and center, to snap some wonderful photos.  I especially love the GoPro pics– how cool are they!?!?  Thanks Ira!

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2-Year Anniversary Celebration at The Quad – Red Carpet Pics

Friends!  What a celebration it was on Saturday, marking 2-years at The Quad.  My favorite pic of the day is below– my Mom and Dad, and my manager’s family on the red carpet together!  I can’t believe that they all made the trip out here from Philadelphia and Los Angeles, respectively, to support me… just overwhelming.  That’s Mom and Dad (Nick and Francine), Jerry, Diana, Jack, Luke, and Dante.

Thanks to photographer Gabe Ginsberg for capturing these pre-show red carpet pics!

The Civillicos & The Longarzos

The Civillicos & The Longarzos

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Party in the Pod – July 19th | Special Olympics Nevada Event

I’m so excited to be at the center of a really cool fundraising event for Special Olympics Nevada happening this summer on July 19th, 2014 – Party in the Pod!  There are various packages below– please consider purchasing one to support Special Olympics.

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Jeff Civillico Pod Package – $125 

You will enjoy this exclusive 30 minute Pod Experience with Las Vegas Headliner and Comedian, Jeff Civillico while taking in the breathtaking views of Las Vegas. You and our others guests in the Pod will see Las Vegas like you’ve never seen it before.  After your ride, stroll through The Linq, the hippest new district in Las Vegas, full of exciting shops and exquisite dining.  Then at 3:30 head over to the Quad Hotel and Casino and enjoy the 75 minute comedy show of your Pod Companion (and now good friend)  Jeff Civillico who will be putting on a special show just for our guests.

Party in the Pod and Show Package – $85

You’ll enjoy the red carpet viewing of celebrities and Special Olympics athletes. Then board your pod and enjoy the spectacular views of Las Vegas. After your ride, you too will enjoy the 75 minute special show of Las Vegas Headliner Jeff Civillico at the Quad Hotel and Casino.

Exclusive Pod Package – $3,000

The Pod is yours!  Fill it up with as many as 40 guests.  Great for company team building and client cultivation, or just a chance to catch up with good friends and family.  You and your guests will each receive a ticket to the see Jeff Civilico’s special comedy show that he is performing just for our guests.

For details and registration info, please visit: http://sonv.org/events/fundraising-events-calendar/party-pod

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Hosting Family Feud for Caesars Entertainment | Caesars Palace

Caesars Entertainment is a family for sure, one that I feel so privileged to be a part of.  So it was no surprise when they wanted to play Family Feud at their quarterly wrap-up meeting at Caesars Palace.  I got the opportunity to host, and it was a blast!  It got a little out of hand, as Family Feud often does :)  It was fun to see both teams so passionate about winning!

Family Feud with CET

Family Feud with CET

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Corporate Entertainment Testimonial – June 10, Hot Springs, AR

IARR logo“Having seen Jeff Civillico’s performance in Las Vegas I knew that he would be perfect for the entertainment part of our annual convention.  I was concerned that he couldn’t replicate his Las Vegas act on a smaller stage and in a smaller setting.  I assumed he couldn’t bring his many props to Arkansas and would have to give us an abbreviated performance.  Boy was I wrong!
 
His Arkansas performance was the highlight of our convention and I’m still receiving compliments from our attendees. Along with the compliments, many of our corporate sponsors want his contact information so they can book him for their corporate meetings.  If anyone wants an endorsement have them call me and I can tell them how Jeff made me look good!”

Z. Lynn Zeno, Executive Vice President
Independent Insurance Agents of Arkansas

*Please remember: Although I am based in Las Vegas with my own show at The Quad Resort & Casino, I am available to travel for private and corporate books.  For rates and info, please contact Donna Buttice.

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Preview of GoPro “Juggle-Vision” | New Addition to the Show

After two years focusing mostly on the business side of producing a show in Las Vegas, I’ve recently been able to shift my focus back to creative development.  The first new element to come out of this creative focus is what I’m calling “Juggle-Vision” – a GoPro camera strapped to my head that is able to project images on the screen behind me in real time.  It’s very cool.  Here’s a rough cut of the concept, taken by Laura on her iPhone from the back of the house the very first day we tried it.

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Corporate Entertainment Testimonial – June 6, Orlando

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Wanted to Thank You for being a part of MAIN EVENT “Position Yourself to WIN!”  It was a honor to meet you and I have had so many compliments that folks have never laughed so much at a convention.  You were outstanding, clean and as funny as can be.  Lol.  Thanks for blessing many in Orlando, FL.

Thanks again for making our Event Simply the Best,
Steve & Gina Merritt

 

*Please remember: Although I am based in Las Vegas with my own show at The Quad Resort & Casino, I am available to travel for private and corporate books.  For rates and info, please contact Donna Buttice.

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Corporate Entertainment Testimonial – June 3, Las Vegas

Southern-California-Auto-Club-AAA-logo“Jeff’s performance at our private event was outstanding and enjoyed by all our guests!  Working with Jeff and his staff to coordinate his performance went very well. Jeff was able to customize his show to meet our time schedule and be appropriate for our audience profile.”

Galen Grillo, Vice President
Automobile Club of Southern California

*Please remember: Although I am based in Las Vegas with my own show at The Quad Resort & Casino, I am available to travel for private and corporate books.  For rates and info, please contact Donna Buttice.

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I’m in the New TSA Video at Las Vegas Airport!!

I usually don’t shout full sentences in my subject lines, but I’m super excited about this :)  The Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority in collaboration with McCarran International Airport has produced a new security video for TSA.  What an honor to be chosen to participate alongside Vegas staples like Carrot Top, Frank Marino, George Wallace, and Blue Man Group.  Keep your eyes peeled when you’re going through security!  You may just look up and see me juggling water bottles and hairspray :)  Some cool buzz in the media about the videos too!  Check out the Las Vegas Review Journal’s writeup.  And of course I got some love from my friends at VegasChatter.com.

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Randy Shaver Golf Tournament | Testimonial Letter

entertainment for charity events

June 1, 2014

“Jeff Civillico performed at our Evening Gala for the Rush Creek Golf Club/Randy Shaver Celebrity Golf Classic benefiting The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund.

Jeff’s high energy show kept over 500 people on the edge of their seats! The way he interacts with the audience is second to none! His talent is extraordinary, his enthusiasm and positive energy permeates the crowd and guarantees a successful event!! Minneapolis Loves Jeff.

Roseann Giovanatto-Shaver
Executive Director
The Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund

Parkdale Plaza
1660 S. Highway 100 Suite #335
St. Louis Park, MN  55416
www.randyshavercancerfund.org

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Photoshoot with Joey Tichenor

I met photographer Joey Tichenor several years ago, and I absolutely love his work.  I always have Joey do my photos now.  I don’t mess with a good thing!  If you’re looking for a killer photographer with very reasonable rates, check out JoeyTichenor.com.  Thanks again for another great shoot, Joey!

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