This past weekend, we had the pleasure to sing at the Highland Park Country Club in Highland Park, Illinois. Gerald, who was celebrating his 80th birthday, had a couple of surprise singers (us) posing as waiters and entertaining family and guests, alike.
This particular event had our “1+1 Show”- 1 Guy and 1 Girl singing classic hits from several generations that included, Fly Me To The Moon, The Lady is a Tramp, and more modern songs like Not for the Life of Me from Thoroughly Modern Millie.
If You’re Celebrating your 80th Birthday
As of today, 80 year olds are considered “The Silent Generation“. But, in this case, this group was hardly “silent”. A great bunch of people that were very generous with their kind words and open hearts.
The surprise that no one know about
We enjoy singing at small parties. Everyone is usually there to celebrate something. Even though we’re a surprise, we know that we’ll have fun because of that. Bringing levity and great music to parties is usually a win-win for everyone. And, this was no
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different. The minute we started singing, guests began singing along to the familiar songs. A great byproduct of our live shows!
Music speaks to everyone
There is no surprise that music has no barriers. People respond to singing.
Thank you, Alex! I’ll take Surprise Waiters for 600…
It this even possible? Can three performers surprise and entertain six hundred unsuspecting guests effectively? Why yes. Of course, we can! And that’s what our surprise waiters did recently in the awesome city of Indianapolis, Indiana for a great group of independent cable visionaries that were convening on the city for brainstorming and networking sessions.
As we do, when a client decides to have The Amazing Waiters for their event, large or small, we begin gathering information about their party. Everything from time lines to possible themes and even special VIPs or guests that may be attendance. Once we have all necessary information, we begin tossing ideas back and forth with the client regarding how and where the special show will happen during the event. During this phase, we discovered something interesting-something that took us back to our roots…when we entertained guests in Europe many moons ago…
The 3rd Singing Waiter Appears…the trifecta!
SOUP COURSE PRESENTATION
Our clients are awesome. We love it when they have crazy or unorthodox ideas about their event. We love it when they like to integrate our surprise shows within these fun ideas. And voila! This was one of those moments. Our client wanted to introduce the first course (the soup course) with a parade of waiters marching out, single file and serving the guests. Our client wanted to know if we, as waiters could perform our surprise show during this time. And of course, this course was PERFECT because, as mentioned earlier, we used to do this very thing as the original singing waiters act in Europe and it was high time we dusted off one of our signature songs that would be singularly appropriate for this presentation. Be Our Guest from “Beauty and the Beast”. We would sing the song while the parade of service staff entered the room with the soup. PERFECT!
Post show posing in the lobby.
Surprise Waiters can get your attention
It’s hard to get 600 people to stop talking…especially when it’s a lowly waiter at a microphone on a large stage…
But that’s why our client hired us-we specialize in how to get people’s attention. James, our general manager (and former singer with The Los Angeles Opera), who himself has performed over a thousand singing waiters shows, took 600 boisterous entrepreneurs on a musical journey, while the hotel wait staff seamlessly served the enthusiastic guests. The presentation ending with a thunderous standing ovation (OK, the end of the song DID include two guys doing the song’s signature kick line).
Just when you think you’ve seen it all…
Our third waiter, a fabulous Soprano, surprises both men with the Broadway hit, “Don’t Rain On My Parade” from the musical Funny Girl, made famous by Barbara Streisand. Things got crazy from there. But, we won’t divulge that information as what happens in Indianapolis STAYS in Indianapolis! Needless to say, our three amazing surprise waiters tirelessly worked the room and hopefully left no one feeling lonely (even in a room of 600 people)!
Here’s a snippet of the sound check.
Thanks for a fabulous time!
For more information on our surprise waiters’ shows, call 855-899-7701
Conan o’ Brien once said in an interview, “Work hard, be kind, and amazing things will happen.” That statement couldn’t be truer for these Hollywood celebrities who once worked tirelessly as waiters or waitresses to make ends meet.
If you need a little bit of inspiration to work harder and look towards the ‘bigger picture’ here are some of the most revered Hollywood celebrities that started their professional lives waiting tables.
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Chris Rock is one of the most successful comedians in America. After working as a standup comedian in small bars, he became a regular on Saturday Night live in the early 90s. After that, he landed big movie roles in Down to Earth, Head of the State, and Grown Ups. Today, he ranks as the 5th Greatest Standup Comedian in a poll conducted by Comedy Central. He was also voted 9th in Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, and again 8th in the 2010 list of the Greatest Standup Comic Ever.
Before he became successful, Rock was a server at the Red Lobster — an American restaurant chain headquartered in Orlando, Florida. There isn’t much information about Rock’s life as a server but one thing’s for sure: his hard work was a stepping stone to where he is right now.
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To film and comic book fans, he is Star-Lord of the massively successful Marvel movie franchise, Guardians of the Galaxy. He also played Owen in Jurassic Park’s sequel, Jurassic World.
Pratt is one of the highest-paid Hollywood celebrities today. According to Forbes, Pratt now earns $13 million annually. His charisma has been well received by the superhero community, earning him the nickname “MonkeyBoy”. Pratt’s popularity has reached new heights due to his role in the franchise and his face is even see on the relatively new Jurassic World slot game on Slingo along with the faces of his fellow cast members. Pratt helped Jurassic World earn a massive $1.672 billion from movie sales according to Box Office Mojo.
Before Pratt became an international success, he lived out of a van while serving food at the Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. — a restaurant that was born out of the success of the iconic movie Forrest Gump. He was so poor at one point that he used to eat the restaurant’s leftovers. But if anything, this only helped him on his way to achieving greatness. Check out his interview below about his life as a server.
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Russell Crowe made his mark on the big screen when he played General Maximus Decimus Meridius in the 2000 film Gladiator. He won an Academy Awards for Best Actor, a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor, an Empire Award for Best Actor, and a London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his role in the film.
As if those achievements weren’t enough to set him up for life, he also starred in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, Les Misérables, Man of Steel, and Noah. His works have earned him several tributes, including a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Before he reached notoriety as an actor, he used to work as a server at a diner in Sydney, Australia. However, due to his quick temper, the Australian actor has spoken at length about how he often got into arguments while waiting tables.
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Hamm made his movie debut in the space adventure movie Space Cowboys. He then furthered his career by playing a minor role in Kissing Jessica Stein, and finally got his break in the TV series Mad Men. His performance in the hit TV sitcom earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series in 2008, and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2016.
Like the aforementioned actors in this list before him, Hamm lived with five other young actors and worked as a waiter to make ends meet. In an interview with People.com, he opened up about his life as a waiter and attributes this part of his life for making him the man he is today.
“Working in a restaurant is a good life lesson for anybody,” Hamm said. “My friend used to say no one should be able to work in Hollywood if they haven’t worked in a restaurant… you quickly learn what a difference a little bit of kindness and common courtesy can make for people.”
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Lady Gaga is one of the most influential performers around with a net worth of $275 million. She is associated with some of the most prestigious labels including Def Jam, KonLive, and Interscope. Her second full-length album titled Born This Way topped the charts in over 20 countries, selling over 1 million copies in its first week. Gaga also won a Golden Globe Awards in 2016 for her acting in the television series American Horror Story: Hotel.
Before Gaga enjoyed her Hollywood life, she was a waitress at a diner in Manhattan. With the money that she got from waiting tables, she used it for recording.
If you have a dream, don’t give up on it! These celebrities certainly didn’t, and look at where they are right now. Work hard, be kind, and amazing things may just happen to you soon.
For whatever reason, these things happen. And, when it does, it can be a scary situation. As a person searching for entertainment for one of the most important days in a person’s life, everything becomes amplified 100Xs. It almost becomes life and death. Choose incorrectly, and well, it’s documented forever in the wedding photos or worse yet, wedding video.
Having been there hundreds of times (entertaining for other peoples’ wedding receptions), we understand and we were happy to do everything we could to make this particular bride’s special (last minute) day, that much more memorable.
Unique, Fun and Engaging Wedding Entertainment
“Our bride was looking for something unique, fun and engaging…I think we delivered on that”. In the end, we provided our two amazing singing waiters show, which entertained reception guests and wedding party in a way only The Amazing Waiters can do-through a uniquely-written script, intricately woven with a wide-range of music, which in included Broadway, Jazz (Rat Pack) and Pop (yes, it’s rangy) and it’s what we do best. “This little gem touched on several musical tastes…including the Rat Pack/Sinatra-styled music which the Father of the Bride loved (he’s Italian!), and Pop music that the newly-weds gravitated to)”. All-in-all, guests loved the variety and of course, the surprise that we packaged it all up with.
We wish you all the best!
The Amazing Waiters
Need last-minute entertainment for your wedding reception or party? The Amazing Waiters have over 15 years of surprise entertainment experience, having entertained tens-of-thousands of party-goers across the US. Call us today for a hassle-free consultation for the best unique entertainment. 855-899-7701
50th Birthday Surprise Party with 2 Singing Waiters
Parties are always fun, no matter the time of year. They’re even better when it’s your 50th birthday, surrounded by 50 of your closest friends. Such was the case this past weekend in Calabasas, California for a 50th Birthday Surprise Party with The Amazing Waiters (just north of Los Angeles for those of you who don’t know where this is…it’s where Justin Bieber used to live before he sold to Khloe Kardashian in 2014, but we digress). Needless-to-say, Calabasas is lovely.
We were contacted by the birthday girl’s mother who wanted to do something different and special for her daughter and thought The Amazing Waiters would be a nice addition to the festivities. She wanted to keep it a surprise for her.
SOMETIME SECRETS HAVE TO BE TOLD
…as was the case here…
Do you know that person that you can NEVER keep a surprise from?
Well, the birthday girl was one of those people. And it’s good she knew before the “surprise”. We immediately received a call from here and we walked through our proposed surprise show for her. After some discussion, we adjusted the show to her expectations regarding time line and music preference and immediately began refining her show.
SURPRISES ALL AROUND
Our 2 awesome singing waiters managed to surprise the fifty ladies (yes, all women at this birthday party) and we previously decided that our waiter, Allie would be a planted guest and at the “right” time, would be pulled into the show. Actually, our waiter, Ben pulled her into the show through a brilliant rouse while he was posing the head waiter. It never ceases to amaze guests when the waiter starts singing…and singing well.
Allie & Ben post performance.
As it became more evident that these waiters had skills, the show’s apex was some unique A Capella singing that went immediately into a song from the show Glee!, closing with Pharrell’s “Happy” (who doesn’t want to toe-tap to THAT?).
Mom and Daughter loved the show and what it brought to the party. Guests had a great time and we did too!
For more information on The Amazing Waiters surprise show entertainment, see our website at amazingwaiters.com or call 855-899-7701.
April Fools isn’t just for jokes. The Amazing Waiters had the distinct pleasure to be a part of April Fool’s this year, just outside of Chicago, IL. A wedding reception featuring a fab couple that finally decided to tie the knot after being together for several years.
Celebrating their marriage at the lovely Alpine Banquets in Darien, IL, just West of Chicago, Illinois, Andrea and Victor and a couple hundred of their closest friends, gathered…in a most suitable way.
Entertainment That Works With A DJ
Andrea called us several months ago looking for something “different” for their reception. She told us that her and her husband to be had large families of different cultures and thought music delivered in our special way would be perfect since both sides loved music. They decided on having a DJ for the dance hits and a live mariachi band to play as their guests entered the reception area. She wanted to continue with their music theme and thought that our singing waiters surprise was just the right amount of “unique” she as looking for. She asked if we could work with their DJ to cut costs on production and we were happy to do so. Once the logistics were cleared, we proposed our music ideas and then she decided to have us be a part of their special day.
Loved the Mariachis. James looks like he should have been in white as well…
Tailored Music To Fit Musical Tastes
It was great putting the show components together for Andrea and Victor. They had varied musical tastes so we tried to put together a program that somewhat reflected that. She allowed us to put together a show and we decided on music ranging from Beatles, Rat Pack Jazz, A Capella to Disco. We loved that fact that her kids loved the movie “Step Brothers”, so we sang a song from that too! It was pretty much everything AND the kitchen sink!
Customized Surprise Entertainment
As usual, we wove all of the eclectic music with our one-of-a-kind script and performed it during the dinner portion of the evening. It was great fun! The guests weren’t sure (as usual) what was going on at the beginning but soon after the third song, they realized that we weren’t just waiters and this wasn’t an April Fools prank, we were waiters that sing (and sometimes dance)! Chris, one of our Chicago singing waiters is a fabulous dancer and he gave the guests a treat during the Disco song. He especially loved the little girl in the tutu that decided to do an improvisational dance during his song! We guess there was more than one dancer on the floor this evening!
Who knew Chris was going to dance this evening? Maybe the wonderful cake inspired him?
Wedding Reception Entertainment For All Ages
All in all, a night to remember for all of us. We had a great time working with the wait staff and Alice, the wedding coordinator (she was very sweet). Congratulations to Andrea and Victor! We’ll see you on your 5th Anniversary Party!
For more information on The Amazing Waiters Wedding Reception Entertainment, please visit our Wedding Entertainment Page, or call 855-899-7701.
We love surprising guests in one of our backyards. This time, our singing waiters performed in Orange County, California at the amazing 5 Star Pelican Hills Resort. Every time we’re here, it’s a treat. The staff is great to work with (we are usually dressed just like them and “work” along side them…carrying the stealthy element of our show to the limit.) and we get to see “old friends” every time we’re there.
A Great Ice-Breaker Idea
This event was a pre-wedding reception that took place the day before the wedding and was a sort of “get to know each other” before we all really party after the wedding kind of thing. It was very casual. Elegant but very inviting. The reception was held on one of their patios right next to the Golf Course, alfresco.
Versatile Singing Waiters Entertainment
This Amazing Waiters show was a three singing waiters surprise show that featured two male and one female performer, posing as Pelican Hills Bistro Staff. We were a gift by the Father of the Bride who wanted to have something unique and different at this gathering…something that would entertain and engage his guests. Luckily for us, the surprise feature of our show was just what he had envisioned. We conferenced with him and his daughter (the Bride-to-be) a couple of times and worked out the details for a surprise show (we were to surprise the Groom-to-be, as well) that included music from our Rat Pack, Italian and Operatic repertoire. They also thought it best for us to use our own sound system since we were very familiar with it (a nice option if our clients are in Southern California).
The event space was very accommodating and the event/wedding planning staff that provided the décor and ambiance was spot on.
Our show was very well received and, even with some unexpected “live” elements (a guest getting up and dancing with our girl, Kara!) it just made the show that much more memorable for the guests. See the video!
“You were a huge success…it was exactly what we wanted….”. It’s always great to hear these words from the people that hire us. Our Singing Waiters Entertain!
You’re most welcome!
Congratulations you newly-weds. See you at your 5th anniversary!
Sean McDermott, one of The Amazing Waiters Original Members.
The Amazing Waiters – Original
Many of you may recognize Sean by his photo. Sean is what you would call, “A Broadway Star”. A leading man in numerous Broadway productions that include Miss Saigon, Grease, Falsettos and Starlight Express (he’s even toured with Barbara Streisand), Sean has built quite a performance resume over the years. He is also a valued performer with The Amazing Waiters.
Broadway in an intimate setting with Singing Waiters
The good thing is that you don’t have to go to Broadway to see performers like Sean. Well, you will if you don’t have The Amazing Waiters at your next event. Sean and performers like him, grace our intimate roster and we want you to have your guests see them in a way you’d never see in a Broadway Production-within arms reach!
Customized Singing Waiters Surprise Shows with The Amazing Waiters
Every show The Amazing Waiters produce is an original-customized to your specific needs. Even the show length can be adjusted from our usual 25 minutes running time (the longest of ANY Singing Waiters Act). But, we don’t stop there…
The Ultimate in Flexibility
With 1, 2 or Three Amazing Waiters, you would think that in itself would be flexible. BUT, what if we could add a 4th, 5th or 6th for a REAL surprise, a la flash mob? Well, we can do this and have. The mix can even be with dancers. The options in our surprise shows are limitless.
Stop by The Amazing Waiters main site, www.amazingwaiters.com and see how amazing your choices can be. Sean and the rest of our amazing cast of singing waiters are ready to give you a most memorable show for your business party, wedding reception of holiday event.
Sean McDermott on Big Screen with “Barbara”
With regional offices in Southern California, Las Vegas, Chicago and New York, The Amazing Waiters bring affordable party entertainment anywhere in the United States.
Having started in Southern California, The Amazing Waiters have constructed a surprise birthday party…or two over the last decade but it never gets boring!
This past weekend, our 2 Amazing Waiters, Ryan and John were asked to surprise our host’s mother on her 80th Birthday. “She loves Frank Sinatra and the music of the Rat Pack Era”…it’s what she grew up on and I know she would love it so much…it’s going to be my gift to her”.
It was a lovely indoor-outdoor setting for 15 guests on a lovely Fall afternoon in the Hills. Our fabulous duo set up the intimate sound system and prepared the final details for the surprise.
One of our Amazing Waiters, Ryan with the Birthday Girl in Orange County, CA
Surprise Birthday Party Entertainers
Our dashing guys filtered into the staff, charming the unsuspecting guests and when the reveal time was near, the guys eased seamlessly into an unforgettable scripted show (that was tailored for the guest of honor, of course) that featured many of the staple signature songs of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and the famed Rat Pack of the 1960’s.
“Being able to sing acoustically was key for this particular event”, stated Ryan. We couldn’t have brought a bulky sound system with microphones…it would have ruined the intimate feeling for those 16 guests”. Ryan was correct and that’s why all of our performers have operatic training to not have to rely on microphones, if necessary.
The guest of honor’s friends and relatives loved the show and we did too. Happy 80th Birthday Barbara! We hope to sing at your 90th!
The Amazing Waiters are the only Singing Waiter act that customizes each performance for their clients. Having originated their business in Southern California, TAWs now are regionally based in Las Vegas, Chicago and New York. See their website, www.amazingwaiters.com for amazing surprise show options for your event.
There’s an increasing trend (luckily for us) for the best wedding entertainment. In their struggle to be original, unique and fun, modern brides and grooms are finding it more difficult to present fun forms of wedding reception entertainment for their honored guests. DIY Weddings are all the rage and have been for the last couple of years. Barn weddings,
outdoor weddings, simple weddings, handmade and unique items offered as parting gifts, unique wedding dresses, bridesmaids dresses, even grooms are getting makeovers to accent their special day.
Traditional Wedding Receptions Need A Make-Over
Entertainment options for wedding receptions has been fairly limited. Outside of the traditional DJ, Band, Wedding Singer, Jazz or String Quartet, there are not that many more fun and unique options that one could have at a wedding reception.
The Ultimate Surprise Entertainment Idea
Here comes the ultimate surprise entertainment idea… vocal entertainers that pose as waiters, staff, security guards, chefs…even a long-lost Uncle. Isn’t the best wedding entertainment something your guests would never suspect? It is the ultimate gift a wedding couple could give their guests.
Singing Waiters Surprise Bride and Groom at a wedding reception
Alternative weddings from the LGBT community have very much embraced this type of wedding reception entertainment at their unions. The Amazing Waiters have performed LGBT wedding reception events in New York and Los Angeles and guests have raved about the uniqueness of our Amazing Waiters surprise shows.
Every Amazing Waiters / Singing Waiters show is personalized for you. You know your guests. We know music entertainment. We take what you give us about your wedding reception guests and write a fun and memorable show that will be designed to engage and entertain with just the right amount of sophistication and class. Your guests will love the range of music. We always get positive comments after one our surprise shows saying, “Loved the music”, “you even had the kids engaged (what other act can do that?)”….or our favorite comment, “You made our night!”.
The Amazing Waiters X3 at a wedding reception in Florida
Party Planners Love The Amazing Waiters
The Amazing Waiters have been bringing surprise entertainment to the next level for over 10 years. With a combined 30 years of live party entertainment, The Amazing Waiters are the number one choice for wedding planners, brides, mothers of the Bride (even grandmothers who want to give us as a surprise gift. See our blog Post here for that.) provide top-notch affordable stress-free wedding reception entertainment. With Regional Offices in Los Angeles, Chicago, Ohio, Las Vegas and New York we can bring our unique form of original entertainment to you.
Surprise Entertainment Customized for Wedding Receptions
Every surprise show is customized to fit your reception theme and musical taste. We’re even able to customize or personalize your favorite song. We’ve even sung the wedding couples first dance, bringing the ultimate in class, sophistication and personalization for your special day. It is the best wedding entertainment!
The Amazing Waiters will work with your existing sound equipment, DJ, or Hotel Banquet Room to keep your costs at a minimum and your results at a maximum. We are adept at performing in small spaces like private homes and small restaurants. We recently performed one of our singing waiters shows in a small, private room at a Maggiano’s Italian Restaurant in Las Vegas (we will be writing about that fun “Disco” night soon).
For more information or video on how our 1, 2 or 3 Singing Waiters (The Amazing Waiters X3) would be right for you, please visit our wedding page or click here to fill out some brief details about your event needs. We promise to return your inquiry in 24 hours or less. Of course, you could always call us at 855-899-7701
Now, if you’re still in the early stages of wedding planning, in fact, if you haven’t even proposed and considering doing a proposal, why not consider a flash mob of singing waiters to make your question end in an exclamation?!
Below is THE AMAZING WAITERS Wedding Video. We look forward to hearing from you!