Michael Johns: First a Class Clown, Now HeadlinerApr 22nd, 2004 | Category: In the Press
Growing up as a class clown in the Midwest probably meant that life seemed a little slow-paced back then for Michael Johns, but he’s perched in the fast lane now.
The comedian-hypnotist is the star of “The Michael Johns Hypnosis Show,” in which he blends fast-paced, comedy club-style humor with “cutting-edge, hypnosis techniques.” Having presented the show in comedy clubs around the country to rave reviews, he now has found a regular home for the production at the Bourbon Street Hotel & Casino, where it runs Sunday through Thursday nights at 11.
The adults-only show, with audience participation, also features Corie Marks, a Las Vegas actress/model who appeared on “Temptation Island.”
After leaving high school and serving in the U.S. Army, Johns worked a variety of jobs, including bartender, guitarist in an acoustic band with another member named Jerry Garcia (not the chief Deadhead, though) and deejay. The DJ job made him decide to focus on comedy as a career, and after several years of performing at smaller venues and sleeping in his car, he signed with his current management company, Comedy Productions.
One night in Las Vegas, Johns filled in for Terry Stokes in the latter’s “Hypnolarious” show at Bourbon Street, and hotel management took notice of the formers talents. Of course, it wasn’t the first time that talent hunters took notice of Johns: His hypnosis techniques, high energy and twisted sense of humor also are featured in “Spotlight,” a Strip variety show for which he serves as host.
Tickets for “The Michael Johns Hynosis Show”, now at The Harmon Theater, are $39.95 and available for purchase.