Miss Behave Gameshow
At a Glance
What is it?
An outrageous, wildly inventive mixture of a gameshow, variety show, and improv comedy show.
Where is it?
In the “Back Room” lounge space at Bally’s Las Vegas on the Center Strip.
Is it worth the cost?
It’s one of the most entertaining nights you’ll have in Vegas, so yes, absolutely.
Why should I see this show?
Because you want something more offbeat than a Cirque or magic show.
What else do I need to know?
Although audience participation is highly encouraged, you can just sit there if you want and still have a great time.
What’s the bottom line?
Funny, weird, completely original – one of the best shows in Vegas.
Trying to explain this show is sort of like trying to explain water to someone who has never seen it before. You could describe it but you could never come close to explaining it in a way that would make the listener understand what it is like or how essential it is. Such is the case of “The Miss Behave Gameshow” at Bally’s. The best I can come up with is that it’s an interactive game show with no rules mixed with an improv comedy show but, like a description of water, it doesn’t do a good enough job of telling you why it’s so good and so essential.
The evening is hosted by Miss Behave, the alter-ego of British comedian Amy Saunders, who was kicked off of “Britain’s Got Talent” because she was too saucy. She’s done up in a sparkly gold jumpsuit, turban, and huge platform heels that would be the envy of any drag queen and has the quick wit of a seasoned improv comic. Aided by her assistant “Tiffany” (the very limber and sassy Bret Pfister), Miss Behave guides the audience into two competing sections based on what phones they have – iPhones versus everyone else. While people are getting settled she chats amiably with folks, tosses candy around, and actively encourages alcohol consumption.
The set is a low-tech DIY affair with lots of hand lettered signs on cardboard, miscellaneous thrift store junk, and that’s about it. It helps give the proceedings an “anything goes” vibe and that’s important for what’s about to happen.
Miss Behave guides folks through the games, giving points to those who win, those who don’t win, those who ask for points for no good reason, and to anyone at any time that she darned well feels like it. It’s the anarchy version of Jeopardy. It’s The Price is Right on acid. It’s Wheel of Fortune if Pat Sajak had lost his mind.
I won’t explain any of the games here, not because it would ruin anything, but because it would give you an unfair advantage should you see the show. Miss Behave is the one who gives points, not me. But a few titles include Shazam that Tune, Words with Friends (as in the ’90s TV show), Rhetorical?, Dial My Number Quickest, and Guilty Pleasures. They require absolutely no preparation (although you should have your phone charged and at the ready) and very little knowledge other than the lyrics to “Dancing Queen” by ABBA and even that’s not actually required, just more fun if you do. Every now and then the games stop for some off-the-wall entertainment breaks, such as when “Tiffany” shows how really limber he is.
Since this is about the two sections of the audience competing against one another for points, participation is actively encouraged but it absolutely not required. I spoke to Miss Behave after the show and she put it well: “You can participate in the games and that’s correct. You can sit there and watch and that’s correct. You can ignore us all and check your Facebook for an hour and twenty minutes and that’s correct. You can strip to your underwear and join us on stage and that’s correct!” I’m not a joiner, normally, and I hate forced audience participation moments but the first time I saw it, I found myself shouting out answers, taking shots from strangers, and engaging in a no-holds barred ball throwing war. The second time I saw it, when the game was “Who Can Get on Stage the Fastest,” I made a dive for it and wound up flat on my back and discovered later that I was bleeding.
But I got the point. Totally worth it!
Throughout, Miss Behave, guides, cajoles, entertains, and takes cues from the audience in a way that would intimidate lesser wits. This pretty much ensures that each show is going to be different based on how the contestants – you – respond. It’s thrilling in a way that a lot of the highly scripted, overly produced shows in Vegas aren’t.
The only bad thing about this show is that you won’t want it to end. As Miss Behave says (much more eloquently than I will), it’s not about who wins or loses and not even about the game, it’s about having fun. See this show and I can almost guarantee you that you will.