Created exclusively for The Golden Tiki‘s cabinet of curiosities by Smithsonian artist Terry Barr, the head was sculpted over the course of four weeks, referencing photos of The Gazillionaire to ensure physical accuracies, including his gold tooth.
Before introducing The Gazillionaire, Monti Rock III took to the stage, saying The Golden Tiki was his favorite hangout.
The Gazillionaire thanked The Golden Tiki for the great honor, adding, “If you want to get a little Gazillionaire head, you can come here now. I’m happy to be enclosed in a glass case with Carrot Top for all of eternity.” He gave his head a kiss on the lips and posed for photos with fans.
The Gazillionaire joins the bar’s growing collection of famous shrunken heads, including Marky Ramone of The Ramones, Carrot Top, Frank Marino, Robin Leach, Norm Clarke, Claire Sinclair, magician Murray Sawchuck, Vinnie Paul of Pantera, Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie, Monti Rock III, Lonnie Hammargren, Rich Little and Piff the Magic Dragon.
Photo Credit: Hew Burney
About The Gazillionaire
There are three recurring roles in Absinthe: the Gazillionaire, Penny Pibbets, and the Green Fairy. The Gazillionaire is a “sleazy snake-oil salesman…with bad teeth, bad suit, bad pointy glittery shoes.” A comedian, he is the host of the show. He makes jokes at the expense of the audience and introduces the performers. The character Penny Pibbets, the assistant to the Gazillionaire and performed by Anais Thomassian, performs a routine with a sock puppet that journalist Robin Leach described as “more than XXX-rated – not one word can be written here, it’s that obscene!” Sweets is the personification of the green fairy. She wears a green costume and sings as she performs a burlesque style strip tease. An additional character, Maxim, who is the Gazillionaire’s butler, performs a chair balancing at the opening of the show.
About The Golden Tiki
Located in Chinatown, Las Vegas, The Golden Tiki is a journey to a wondrous land where boundaries are only limited to one’s imagination. The vision of hospitality veteran Branden Powers, in collaboration with Seth Schorr, Jeff Fine, and Joe Cain, The Golden Tiki has spared no expense in recreating the classic mid-century tiki bar, reminiscent of Don the Beachcomber and Trader Vic’s storied establishments. The handcrafted cocktail menu features nostalgic classics and new creations, alongside a strong list of craft beer and rum selections. Collaborating with renowned artists including Tiki Bosko, Billy the Crud, Bill Collins and Oceanic Arts, the one-of-a-kind decor also boasts an animatronic skeleton of the mythical privateer and legend behind The Golden Tiki, William Tobias Faulkner. Open 24 hours a day, The Golden Tiki offers a multitude of experiences and can host private parties up to 145 people. For more information, visit thegoldentiki.com or call 702.222.3196. Like us at facebook.com/TheGoldenTikiVegas.
Proclaimed “The #1 Greatest Show in Las Vegas History” by Las Vegas Weekly, and named “Best Show” by Vegas SEVEN, the Las Vegas Review-Journal and more, ABSINTHE at Caesars Palace is an adults-only circus variety show featuring a cocktail of wild and outlandish acts in a theatre-in-the-round presentation. Audiences are treated to a night of imagination and excess, as the cast of eccentrics perform amazing feats of strength, balance, danger and unfathomable flexibility within mere feet of the audience surrounding the intimate stage. For tickets and more information, visit Spiegelworld.com and connect with The Gazillionaire and his show on social media – @AbsintheVegas on Facebook, and @GazillionaireLV on Instagram and Twitter.