Q&A: Vinny Guadagnino from ‘Chippendales’
Jersey Shore Reality TV star Vinny Guadagnino is back in Las Vegas and is returning to the Chippendale Stage at the Rio for this third run as guest host of the legendary male revue through April 10th. After a long absence, the show returned to live performances and wild audiences last fall, and “The Keto Guido” is the first guest star to bring his own unique spark back to the sexy, fun production. Whilst he has been busy filming for television over the past two years, nothing can replace the feeling of entertaining fans live on stage for this up and coming artist.
How does it feel to be back in Las Vegas and getting on stage? Chippendale again after such a long time?
I had no idea if it would ever come back, if the world would ever go back the way it was before, or what things would survive and thrive. They didn’t have to call me back and they did, and it’s definitely flattering and a great feeling.
You recently sold your house in LA and are back home in New York, so it must be cool to have such a fun reason to return to the west coast.
Vegas is like a home away from home. New York pulled me back because my family is there and I have a lot to do there. But Vegas is perfect because I can do the show, go to the coast and get my dose and drop by LA and Vegas is so laid back. It’s more my speed. LA can get a little wild. In Vegas, the Strip is crazy, but there are so many others (things to do) like hiking and enjoying the surrounding nature. I look forward to riding my bike out there.
You rode your bike and of course jumped rope Jersey Shorewhat your castmates tease you about. But isn’t that all part of a fitness routine to keep you in shape? Chippendale?
I also like to keep in shape for my mental health as it has been such a stressful time. I picked up a lot of new activities like this during (the pandemic), running through the woods and making myself a nice meal every night. Staying at home was almost like training camp for me and as the world opened up again I put on weight again. So maybe I need to lock myself up again to get back in shape. With the jump rope, everyone seems to make fun of it at first, but then suddenly there’s a bang. First it was keto, then jump rope.
They worked on various projects prior to the pandemic, including podcasts and stand-up comedy. How is the situation?
I moved to Manhattan specifically to work on my comedy and to be more immersed in the (environment). I do a bit of open mic stuff, more underground style. Comedy isn’t something you just jump into, but I’m pretty comfortable with it and definitely working on it. And I’m hoping to start a podcast too, which I’ll be doing in New York. I hope to be able to do something (comedy) while doing this Chippendale in Vegas because you know there are a lot of great comedy clubs there.
You’re a veteran at this point either Chippendalebut what were your first impressions of the show?
I didn’t know what I was getting myself into when I got here but I loved it from the start. When you sit down for a show, you realize that it’s more of an interactive, fun, comedy-style show where everyone is just having a good time. It’s definitely a staple show in Las Vegas and every time I tell people to come, they’ve never had a bad time.
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