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Absinthe’ 1,000: Penny Pibbets, Melody Sweets and The Gazillionaire on hitting quadruple digits


Christopher DeVargas

The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets from “Absinthe” chow down after a long day at Caesars Palace.

The Gazillionaire & Penny Pibbets

The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets from Launch slideshow »

'Absinthe': March 28, 2012

Melody Sweets performs during the Wednesday, March 28, 2012, performance of Launch slideshow »

Get out your sock puppets: “Absinthe” at Caesars Palace celebrates two years and 1,000 shows of its jaw-dropping, button-pushing brand of entertainment tonight. To mark the milestone, we asked stars Melody Sweets, Penny Pibbets and head honcho The Gazillionaire a few questions in honor of the number 1,000.

If you could have 1,000 of anything, what would it be?

The Gazillionaire: Penises. So many women, so little time. It would really help get things done.

Penny Pibbets: Life-sized Gummy Bears, and I would eat them all in one sitting, which would be horrible and amazing at the same time.

Melody Sweets: Ooh! One thousand pairs of bling-y rhinestone shoes covered in Swarovskis for the next thousand shows of "Absinthe." I would shine so bright on the stage that people would have to wear shades in the audience!

What's the best thing $1,000 can buy you in Las Vegas?

T.G.: A pack of gum? That costs around $1,000, right?

P.P.: Whoa! That's a lot of money! You can probably buy a used Toyota Corolla off Craigslist. I'd ride in it down the Strip with the windows down blasting "The Sound of Music" soundtrack.

M.S.: A pretty hooker! And you can bring her to “Absinthe” to see the show, as they often do. Or tickets for your entire crew to see “Absinthe,” and you’ll get a thousand times the abuse, with love, from The Gazillionaire!

What would you do with $1,000 in the confines of Caesars Palace?

T.G.: Black. Always bet on black.

P.P.: I would tip one of those charming and really old waitresses $999 and then whisper, "There's more where that came from."

M.S.: I would take myself out for a fancy dinner, and then I would go see Elton John. Oh yeah, and The Forum Shops, definitely. But I’d have to hit those up after; otherwise, I wouldn’t have any money left.

After 1,000 shows, is there one performance in particular that stands out to you? Why?

T.G.: The parts where Penny shuts up and doesn't interrupt me with her constant blabbering about nothing. Oh, wait. That was a dream; that never happens.

P.P.: This guy had a heart attack during my sock puppets. That was pretty memorable.

M.S.: That’s hard; they’ve all been fantastic and all so different. I’d say our very first one, when we did our first full run through, and it was the first time I heard Penny do the sock puppets. I remember how much I was laughing and how shocked I was that we were getting away with what we were, and at Caesars Palace of all places. It’s pretty amazing they even kept us, let alone for a thousand shows.

If you could add 1,000 of anything to “Absinthe,” what would it be?

T.G.: Breasts. One thousand women. Oh yeah, they would be Amazons. Google it if the math doesn't work.

P.P.: Punks so I can crowd surf on top of them. I've always wanted to do that.

M.S.: I’d like a thousand more seats so we can have a thousand more people come to see us a day.

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