variety show


Definition of variety show 

: a theatrical entertainment of successive separate performances (as of songs, dances, skits, and acrobatic feats)

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On Friday, ticket-holders will enter the theater to watch a variety show hosted by Cinema Insomnia host Mr. Lobo and later rush out in screams. Claire Wolters,, "Phoenixville's Blobfest returns as the movie that inspired it turns 60," 11 July 2018 This variety show welcomes back the judges Simon Cowell, Mel B, Heidi Klum and Howie Mandel for Season 13. New York Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday: ‘Arrested Development’ and ‘A Wrinkle in Time’," 29 May 2018 Speaking of Saturday Night Live, grad Bill Hader scored a nom for his return to the NBC late-night variety show and will compete in the lead actor in a comedy category for HBO freshman Barry. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "Twice as Nice: Emmy Nominees Recognized for Multiple Shows," 12 July 2018 While The Blob will not be screened on Friday, the variety show will be an interactive performance that pays tribute to the movie and other monster movies of its kind, including a Miss Blobfest pageant. Claire Wolters,, "Phoenixville's Blobfest returns as the movie that inspired it turns 60," 11 July 2018 Hinsdale South High School's variety show features 16 student acts, such as song solos, Irish dance, drum buckets and yo-yo tricks. Kimberly Fornek,, "Variety Show at Hinsdale South includes inspirational solos, dancing and yo-yo tricks," 27 Apr. 2018 Image Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead. Kasia Pilat, New York Times, "7 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 July 2018 The Siempre en Domingo (a Mexican variety show) performance is a must-watch. Justino Aguila, Billboard, "6 Alejandra Guzman Songs to Celebrate Pride Month," 21 June 2018 The Body Political Team StarFox presents a burlesque and variety show exploring stories of the body as well as topics as gender, racial justice, age, weight/body type, mental health, sexuality and bodily autonomy., "Theater capsule reviews and listings, week of June 24," 22 June 2018

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1882, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of variety show was in 1882

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