Having hailed from the British TV and Theater world which is by nature a very social industry looking for any excuse to get together with endless parties, I was surprised upon moving to Vegas, ' the entertainment capital of the world ' how rare it is that the showbiz community gets together for fun social events. I had heard of legendary party's back in the golden era of the Rat Pack and Liberace but upon my arrival to Sin City ten years ago other than the occasional birthday party or showcase the " nights to remember " when the entertainment community came together for a laugh a drink and general debauchery are few and far between.
I helped to rectify this a few years ago with friends Marc Savard, Catherine Hickland and Gerry Mcambridge when we threw half a dozen ' SHOWBIZ PARTY'S ' ranging from huge get-togethers in night clubs to pool parties and headliner dinners. These events were fun and well attended by entertainers, agents, producers and back stage folk but our community needed a special night that could happen several times a year and be talked about long after.
I was watching a late night infomercial for a DVD box set of the Dean Martin Roasts that where broadcast from Las Vegas, the idea came to me in a flash that it's time to bring back the roast concept to Vegas but this time exclusively featuring Vegas entertainers and so the SHOWBIZ ROAST was born. I approached good friend Zowie Bowie ( Chris Phillips ) to be the first and we were up and running.
Andy Walmsley ( AWE Andy Walmsley Entertainment
Emmy Award winning Andy Walmsley grew up in show business, the great grandson of a very famous British comedian, the grandson of a concert pianist, son of a famous comedian and a specialty act mother. Andy spent the first 25 years of his career as one of the worlds most renowned Set Designers creating spectacular designs for Multiple Broadway and West End Musicals and the most successful TV shows in History including: Who wants to be a Millionaire, The Biggest Loser, America's got Talent, So you think you can Dance and most famously American Idol for which he gained multiple Emmy nominations and a win for most outstanding production design.
Upon moving to Las Vegas Andy decided his passion is not only designing shows but Producing them. With 30 years experience in Entertainment production encompassing Musical theater, Ballet, Opera, Circus, Variety, TV, Ice shows, Cruise ships and Las Vegas entertainment Andy is extremely versed in the creation of first class entertainment.
Andy's first Producing roll came in the form of 'LOL with the Scintas' at the Las Vegas Hilton, a Music/Comedy show featuring the famous Scintas family.
His work was seen in the Oscar winning movie Slumdog Millionaire
Andy has designed more Las Vegas shows than any other designer
Andy Also owns and operates Las Vegas show ticket agency VegasLiveShow.com