Spiegelworld, a Las Vegas-based producer of adult-themed circus extravaganzas, recently announced a new show called Box Box set to debut at the Cosmopolitan just before the F1 Las Vegas Grand Prix. The show uses F1 racing as its subject, and the name is F1 slang for a pit stop. However, the company was forced to change the name of the show after discovering that it was too similar to the name used by a New York City adult cabaret nightclub, a Californian storage company, and a boxing gym in Pasadena.
The show is still scheduled to run, but it will now be known as Lights Out! The new name is part of the catchphrase for the start of an F1 race, “It’s lights out and away we go,” invented by F1 announcer David Croft. Spiegelworld founder and chief Ross Mollison joked about potentially getting sued by the NV Energy company.
The creation of Lights Out! involved locking some of L.A.’s most talented comic artists away for a month in the California town of Nipton, which the company purchased in January to convert into its own circus town. Their mission was to create material for a “tiny, stupid, fun show that explored why human beings are obsessed with the idea of very fast cars driving around a track.”
The show features four performers who look like a racing pit crew and perform choreographed dances and seemingly unrelated team tasks such as peeling a banana, solving a Rubik’s Cube, and changing a doll’s diaper. Lights Out! debuts at 11 p.m. Wednesday, November 15 inside Superfrico at the Cosmopolitan. Reservations are available at Spiegelworld.com, with a $100 food and beverage minimum per person. According to Mollison, the show is “just a little bit of late-night fun for an intimate crowd, celebrating a landmark Las Vegas sporting event with some cocktails, pizza, and a few laughs.” He also mentioned that there is a lot of interest in the little car race next week that is stopping Las Vegas traffic and sending show producers into a panic about the disruption to live entertainment on the Strip, but they decided to embrace the moment and have a shot at doing what they do best.