variety show

noun

Definition of variety show 

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

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An imaginative blend of Rhone and Bordeaux varieties shows creativity and grace from a winery near downtown Boise. Andy Perdue, The Seattle Times, "DeLille Cellars’ 2015 Harrison Hill is Andy Perdue’s Wine of the Year," 26 Oct. 2018 That hourlong variety show aired from 1952 until 1957. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Jackie Gleason 'embraced' lasting success on 'The Honeymooners,' never regretted playing Ralph Kramden," 6 Sep. 2018 When the Phil is off, expect to see touring bands, comedians, and local burlesque or variety shows; keep an eye out for a new addition to the programming: classic movies backed by a live orchestra, a local favorite. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "15 Best Things To Do In New Orleans," 4 Mar. 2018 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, Philly.com, "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, Philly.com, "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, chicagotribune.com, "Variety Show at Hinsdale South includes inspirational solos, dancing and yo-yo tricks," 27 Apr. 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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