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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The comedian and former SNL star memorably paid tribute to his late co-star on the variety show Chris Farley during his appearance. Katherine Schaffstall, The Hollywood Reporter, "Emmys: Adam Sandler Nominated for First 'SNL' Hosting Gig," 16 July 2019 Every season, America's Got Talent fans vocalize the same grumble right around the time the judges dole out their golden buzzers: There are too many singers on the variety show. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Here's the Actual Reason 'AGT' Has So Many Singers on the Show," 11 June 2019 The foursome’s Legends of the Internet Tour includes 20 stops for their comedy variety show. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, "The Try Guys try becoming authors with new 'self-deprecating self-help' book," 18 June 2019 That bite will presumably carry over into this new weekly half-hour variety show, which offers a mix of sketch and stand-up comedy, with guests. Gabe Cohn, New York Times, "What’s on TV Sunday: ‘The Fourth Estate’ and ‘The Break With Michelle Wolf’," 27 May 2018 For a lighthearted variety show about dog parenting, the questions covered surprisingly complex moral and philosophical terrain. Rachel Syme, New York Times, "The Real Dog Moms of New York City," 14 June 2019 Since being voted off the variety show in 2010, the 32-year-old musician has gone on to become a worldwide success. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Why 'America's Got Talent' Violinist Lindsey Stirling Will "Never" Be on 'Champions'," 20 Dec. 2018 Sato is known for her dramatic wardrobe in Brazil where her wildly popular variety show, Programa da Sabrina, combines elements of comedy, music, and reality television. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Brazilian TV Star Just Took Tomo Koizumi’s Larger-Than-Life Designs to the Red Carpet," 25 Mar. 2019 That's not all, though: Just two days later, reports came out that NBC was replacing Steve with Melissa McCarthy as host of the kids variety show Little Big Shots. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Steve Harvey Breaks His Silence After News of His Talk Show Getting Canceled," 14 May 2019

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First Known Use of variety show

1882, in the meaning defined above

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