variety show


Definition of variety show

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

Examples of variety show in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnnie High’s Country Music Revue was a variety show that had been around in some form since 1974. Hannah Evans, Dallas News, "North Texas’ virtual concerts of 2020 are reminiscent of broadcast concerts from local clubs," 13 May 2020 Bryan Bedder/Getty Images Our guide to stand-up, improv and variety shows happening this weekend and in the week ahead. Sean L. Mccarthy, New York Times, "4 Comedy Shows to Catch in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 12 Mar. 2020 This year, because of stay-at-home orders related to the COVID-19 crisis, it will be presented as a digital variety show on May 17. Deborah Martin,, "Finals for the Joci Awards scholarship competition will be online," 17 Apr. 2020 After the disastrous events of Riverdale's last two musicals, the town with pep is hoping the third time is the charm with a high-school variety show in this week's episode. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Riverdale musical episode sneak peek features Cheryl and Toni's powerful, sultry duet," 13 Apr. 2020 Two of them decided to make the best of it by putting on a variety show in their own living room. NBC News, "Quarantined drag queens land TV show in Israel," 8 Apr. 2020 The other accusations against the singer were made by former YG Entertainment trainee Han Seohee, who alleged that Wonho owed a significant debt to his former co-star on the South Korean variety show Ulzzang Shidae. Natalie Morin,, "Breaking: Former Monsta X Member Wonho Has Been Cleared Of All Drug Charges Against Him," 13 Mar. 2020 Most Christmas variety shows play right into that sweet, earnest nostalgia but in a completely different way than the classic movies watched year after year. New York Times, "Love Christmas Variety Shows? Go Ahead, Take Another Helping," 24 Dec. 2019 Since premiering in 1975, the sketch comedy and variety show has churned out some of the most notable comedians in Hollywood; Jimmy Fallon, Will Ferrell, Maya Rudolph, and Eddie Murphy are just some of the successful SNL alums doing their thing. Ineye Komonibo,, "Pete Davidson Feels Bullied By SNL Cast: “They Think I’m F-ing Dumb”," 25 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of variety show

1882, in the meaning defined above

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25 May 2020

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“Variety show.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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