LAS VEGAS — The Erotic Heritage Museum has announced it will be hosting Tuesday Thomas and Cyrus Naderpour’s “Freak Show!” for a limited-run summer residency.
The dark comedic variety show, which recently celebrated its third anniversary of sold-out shows in Los Angeles, returns to Sin City after a successful inaugural Vegas run in April, the museum reported.
According to a rep, Thomas (E!, VH1, BBC’s “World of Weird,” The Comedy Store, MTV, Laugh Factory) and Naderpour (“Life on the F List,” The Comedy Store, “Alternative Fact Report”) produce and MC the strange and riotous collection of character and musical comedy, dark and twisted standup, WTF performance art and the most bizarre, hardest rocking bands you’ve ever seen. The reputation for “Freak Show!” has become so stellar, producers from “America’s Got Talent,” “The Gong Show,” and “The Voice” regularly attend to scout out new talent.
“We are so thrilled to have one of the most popular sideshow-based variety shows in the country return to the EHM,” said an EHM representative. “’FreakShow’ is a celebration of everyone’s inner quirks, what makes them tick, and breaking social expectations. Those who missed Tuesday and Cyrus’ sold-out run this past spring here are recommended to get their tickets early — we’ve already had inquiries from past audience members about tickets, so it’s sure to be a packed house!”
Thomas, known as the “Punk Rock Cher,” spent her young adult life as a gypsy, living and traveling throughout the U.S. Her travels and deep experiences allowed her keen insight into the human condition, enabling her to mimic and create characters based on the eclectic people she met, a spokesperson explained. Humor has saved Thomas from many of the perils affecting people with her condition — anxiety and PTSD. As a proud, lifelong outsider, Thomas found her calling and home in "knowing that her life and general weirdness brought others laughter; and enabled them to bring out their inner freakiness.
“Freaks come in all forms, shapes, and sizes,” Thomas said. “And no matter who you are, or what you’re going through, ‘Freak Show!’ is here to let your freak flag fly, as you laugh your troubles away. So, naturally, we’re thrilled that popular demand has enabled us to come share our show with the Sin City audience!”
Naderpour was born in Rome, immigrating to the U.S. when he was two years old. At the age of 24, after receiving his BS in Accounting from the University of Maryland, Naderpour moved to L.A. for a desk job, a spokesperson reported. However, a snowboarding accident caught him binging on standup specials in an "opioid and weed-induced haze, prompting him to abandon his six-figure salary to become a standup comic, when not surfing, training MMA, or wearing onesies in public."
“It’s more than just a show; it’s a movement,” Naderpour added. “A movement of acceptance through non-comformity. ‘Freak Show!’ lets you escape into a surreal world, where all flavors of the unique and strange are celebrated.”