Comedian Sam Tripoli brought his Naughty Show to the Green Door on Jan. 6, just in time for the Adult Video News Awards. Part comedy show, part variety show, part sex show, Naughty Show had a lot to offer—sometimes too much.
Tripoli, who got his start at UNLV and is the former host of Spike TV’s Wide World of Spike, offered an easygoing “party dude” persona. Doug Benson, of Comedy Central’s The Benson Interruption killed with riffs such as how anti-pot commercials encourage pot smoking. Sticky Fingers Gonzales, a made-up Mexican soap opera star, was also a riot. Along with hit-and-miss video interludes, porn star Ashley Fires delighted the crowd with a striptease. Tripoli and XXX star Kelly Divine coached audience members on how to “act” in an adult movie. Hilarious.
Technical problems ran rampant throughout, to the point where Dirty Diamond, an X-rated Neil Diamond impersonator, could barely be heard. While Diamond was energetic, his songs “Coming in America” and “Gay Threesome Time” (instead of “Sweet Caroline”) lacked punch.
The Naughty Show, which stemmed from Tripoli’s time on the Vivid Video Comedy Tour, has been going for three years. Tripoli thinks this year will be its best yet, “I plan on it moving closer to being a TV show, a national tour and a permanent show in Vegas.” If Tripoli would halve the two-hours-and-40-minute runtime, there’s no reason it couldn’t be a major success in Las Vegas. Funny comics, nudity, music and girl-on-girl action, that’s some Naughty that sounds nice.