“The Worst Show in Vegas” isn’t what you expect when you hear the name. It’s actually quite entertaining. The show stars Yurdi Worst, a magician from Austria, and his long-lost younger siblings, Judy and Brock, as they live their dream of having their own show in Las Vegas, and performs in the Night Owl showroom at Hooters Casino.
Rory Johnston stars as Austrian magician Yurdi Worst (get the play words?). Rory started his show business career when he joined the circus at age 17. He was trained in the world of theme parks at Walt Disney World, where he worked for four years, and has appeared in various Las Vegas shows.
Rory is joined by SJ (Sarah Jessica Rhodes) as Judy Worst. SJ is no stranger to the Las Vegas stage. She has acted, sang, danced and choreographed in several productions ranging from “West Side Story” to “The Sound of Music.”
Comedic juggler Jacob Jax plays Brock Worst in this show. Jacob cut his teeth in show business doing more than 5,000 shows on the street in Las Vegas. His talents include comedy, magic, juggling.
Rounding out the show is Botielus, as cousin Weedi Worst. Botielus is Las Vegas’s most rockin’ accordionist, playing lots of rock and pop not usually associated with the squeezebox. He has appeared on “America’s Got Talent” and many other television and radio shows.
Locals chime in on Worst show:
“The show kept us smiling and laughing throughout,” Jen Krammer, another Vegas local, said. “The Worst family members are super funny and talented.”
“This is no Vegas cookie-cutter show,” according to Lynetta Welch, a Vegas local. “It’s a fun, clean, unique, feel-good show that’s packed with talent. There is magic, music, comedy and juggling … something for everyone.”
The show is approximately 60 minutes in length and is appropriate for all ages. Guests who arrive early are eligible to win an upgrade to watch the show from the “Worst Seats” (it truly is an upgrade), and guests are invited to stay after to take pictures with the Worst family and purchase the “Worst” souvenir T-shirt. The show also hands out chocolate chip cookies.
Worst Production Team:
Executive Director : Stan Allen
For the better part of the ’70s and ’80s Stan was a full time comedy magician, working night clubs and cruise ships. In addition to onstage work, he wrote and produced special events for corporations like Anheuser-Busch, Nestle, Rainbo Bread, and 3M. In 1985 he started Inside Magic, a monthly newsletter that six years later morphed into the full-color, glossy MAGIC Magazine and in 2005 Guinness Book of World Records recognized it as the world’s largest-selling magazine for magicians.
Musical Director: Sarah Hester Ross
Sarah is a world traveling entertainer residing in Las Vegas performing as a Singer/Actress, Musical Comedian, Dueling and Solo piano player, and other live performances as a singer/songwriter. She’s an all around Entertainer!
Special Makeup and Hair Effects: Ron Wild
Ron is an Emmy Award winning special effects and make-up artist. He works in both the movie and live entertainment businesses having developed looks for Home Alone and Cirque Du Soleil.
Costumes & Fabric Effects: Lynetta Welch
Lynetta is known amongst magicians as The Fabric Expert. Her creative magic solutions have been sought out by many of the top names in magic, including Penn & Teller, The Amazing Johnathan, and Mat Franco. Often her creations are seen, but even more often, they are the invisible secrets that make the magic work.
Brian Daniel South
Hugh & Peggy Quigley
Stan & Lisa South
“The Worst Show in Vegas” runs every Thursday, Friday and Saturdaythrough May 2018 at the intimate Night Owl Showroom in the Hooters Casino Hotel, 115 E. Tropicana Ave., Las Vegas. Tickets cost $54.25 for general admission and $65.15 for premium, and they can be purchased at www.worstshowinvegas.com.