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Las Vegas stage star mixes baked goodies for the holidays — PHOTOS

Updated December 16, 2023 - 5:26 pm

The Kats! Bureau at this writing is “The Sweets’ Spot” YouTube studio. Or, Melody Sweets’ living room-kitchen suite where the series is created and posts live at noon Pacific time Fridays through December on Sweets Spot TV.

Sweets is baking white chocolate, strawberry, pistachio truffles (full recipe below). Or, as we call them, holiday dessert balls. The recipe involves salted butter, vanilla extract and heavy cream. The star just asked, hypothetically, “Don’t you just want to stick your face in that?”

Special guests are favorite Vegas burlesque performer Buttercup; co-creator and wicked comic talent Anais Thomassian (the original Penny Pibbets of “Absinthe”), drummer-for-hire Mike “Beans” Benigno, and “Mystere” performer Jimmy Slonina. Sweets is familiar to Vegas audiences dating to the origin of “Absinthe,” where she played the Green Fairy.

Slonina plays a mobster in the series, talking of how important it is to keep his vehicle waxed and shiny. Sweets just commented about my ‘67 Mercury Cougar parked outside, “Did you see that sweet Cougar outside?” Slonina says, “There’s a car out there, as well.”

Thomassian says she finds Slonina funny, and he says in his Joe Pesci-“Goodfellas” voice, “Oh, you find me funny? You calling me a clown?” “You are a clown,” Thomassisan said, referring to Slonina’s Brian Le Petit usher character in “Mystere.”

Sweets and Thomassian are performing a tribute to the pottery scene from “Ghost” with the buttery-creme concoction in the bowl. “You’re a baker!” Thomassian just said. “You can’t say ‘Ewww!’ to flour!”

Mike Thompson was on hand, behind the camera, as Light Forge Studios of Las Vegas shoots the series, and worked on “The Sweets’ Spot” original YouTube series. Sponsor Jordan Adler of Beach Money Cigars was also part of the studio/house audience.

John Di Domenico as Guy Fieri — or is it Fieri as Di Domenico? — is to be featured in an upcoming episode. Amy Saunders of “Miss Behave Game Show” and “Mavericks” is planned for Friday. She plays the production’s narrator/voice-of-God role.

The live show is organically Vegas, filled with local talent. It’s great fun, sexy and stylish, and ending with an actual baked dish. Everyone wins, including Sweets’ adorably clumsy dogs Pearl and Bleu, wresting and slobbering their way through the holidays. We should all be so lucky.

John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at jkatsilometes@reviewjournal.com. Follow @johnnykats on X, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.

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