Absinthe Las Vegas celebrates 500 shows with… astronaut suits

Abby Tegnelia Penny Pibbets

Posing with Penny, star of Absinthe.

There’s never a dull moment in Vegas: From the parties to the legendary shows, there’s always something to do. And let me tell you, Las Vegans dress the part. Short skirts and sequined dresses are the norm on the Strip — so leave it to a little hit show called Absintheย Las Vegas to completely knock that on its head. At this point, I hope everyone in Vegas has seen Absinthe at least once. For those of you who haven’t yet met this phenomenon, go. It’s an old-school circus that performs daredevil acts on a teensy tiny circular stage in a tent in front of Caesars Palace. The ringmaster is a perverted jokester named the Gazilionaire, assisted by the even raunchier little Penny Pibbitz, ย shown here, third from left.

After sightseeing all day at the Hoover Dam, I arrived at the Absinthe Las Vegas tent with my two best friends from New York. The occasion? The runaway hit’s 500th show in Vegas. The performance was fantastic — just as I remembered it. Then, after the last number, alarm bells went off, which caused much confusion. The Gazillionaire jumped onto the stage dressed in an astronaut suit and helmet. As he rambled on about owing too much money, it slowly came out that the tent was turned into a spaceship and headed far from Earth. Astronaut suits were being passed out at a rapid speed, as well as pieces of aluminum foil.

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The Gazillionaire's logo on every spacesuit.

The Gazillionaire claimed that he was too cheap to buy a helmut for anyone but him — so we had to all make our own of foil. As my friends and I looked around, we were absolutely shocked. Everyone was actually putting ON the astronaut suits! When I say everyone, I mean everyone — from hipsters to surprised Midwestern geeks to grandmothers.

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So we put ours on.

The intro to the party was clever: the Gazillionaire told his adoring crowd that the Martians hated DJs — so we should dance the night away. And the Martians hate fancy food like crab cakes, so we should eat up. And the Martians HATE champagne — so we were to always have a glass in our hand.

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Suited up: local celebrity John Katsilometes.

ย This was by far the most clever surprise party I’d ever been to. Does anyone else have any to share?

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  1. Oh how I wish I could have been there! I went to see Absinthe last year with BiSC. So crazy and fun! ๐Ÿ™‚ And now you have a space suit with the Gazillionaire’s face? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. I never thought I’d see you in a space suit.

  3. I couldn’t believe it when everyone started putting them ON!

  4. I cannot wait to go see the show again!!!! PS – Can I borrow the space suit?

  5. I love that the four of you in spacesuits standing on the strip still isn’t enough to faze the guy walking behind you. Ahhh Vegas.

  6. Vegas is strange! I saw on television that Pauly D is there. Please say there will be an upcoming post on you meeting him.

  7. Love it! Absinthe continues to surprise and impress me. Best show in Vegas.

  8. I love he part about the martians hating on things that we love to do. This is genius! The next time I go to Vegas I’m watching this show!

  9. It’s the best show!! How I imagine Cirque was in the very, very beginning… The performers are amazing.

  10. Not sure how you do it, but you make that spacesuit look fashionable ๐Ÿ˜‰

  11. Vegas surprises again! I love those astronauts costumes. You could do your own collection.

  12. Congratulations, this is officially the most insane blog post I have ever read. Looks like a blast, and I would TOTALLY rock the space suit.

  13. Whoa, I totally need one of those hats!

  14. It was so much fun!

  15. Wow, that sounds like my kind of party ๐Ÿ™‚ Going to have to come to Vegas soon!

  16. This sounds so strange but also like a lot of fun – especially the part about crab cakes and champagne!

  17. Lol! I love costumes in general and yours was amazing! How long did it take you to tailor it?

  18. That’s so cool that everyone participated! Did you get to keep the space suits? I bet they’d make a great Halloween costume.

  19. I would have put on the suit in a heartbeat… granted I did go to a tinfoil hat party once…

  20. That looks like RIDICULOUS fun.

  21. I love your life. This sounds like such a blast!

  22. Sounds like an awesome party! The suits and hats look crazy cool ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. All I can say is, “Nano, Nano!” Martians would not get along with me – I love champagne. Looks like a lot of fun, especially with the foil ears.

  24. Hilarious! I haven’t seen this, but now have it on the list. I like the idea of warding off martians with champagne and crab cakes — works for me.

  25. That sounds so kooky and fun! Love it ๐Ÿ™‚

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