The Sheep Dip Show had a new home for its 53rd annual roast of Nevada. After a long run at the Nugget, the beautiful theater at the Eldorado in downtown Reno is now the place for dipping newsmakers in their annual vat of satire. Although the location is different, Sheep Dip is still dedicated to pointing out the follies and foibles of the Truckee Meadows in the past year, in hopes that the perpetrators of governmental and corporate overreach will see the error of their ways. Hasn’t happened in 53 years, but we keep trying!
As is tradition, Governor Sandoval opened the show with a humorous video, followed by a production number that thwarted the lead singer’s attempts to perform. Then emeritus newscasters Ron Smith and Dave Finley warmed up the crowd with commentary on the year that was. The first skit, “9 to 5-ish,” poked fun at the sexual harassment scandal that involved the city manager and a cast of dozens. The show then poked a bit of fun at the medical and health insurance establishment in the first of a series of quick scenes scattered through the show.
After a video break, a Reno Aces player had a confrontation with a player from the 1868 Futbol Club, which is now sharing Greater Nevada Park. The dispute was settled by the Most Interesting Man in the World. Channel 4 anchor Joe Hart and Channel 8 meteorologist Jeff Thompson had some humorous comments about real estate deals and sports in Reno, with an interruption by a kneeling Colin Kaepernick lookalike, who got mixed reviews from the audience.
Next up was a skit titled “One Percenters Have Feelings Too,” which dealt with the new “high roller” section at Mackay Stadium and the infiltration of Burning Man by the well-to-do. Another medical scene and a video segment let into a sendup of the “Fix Me Stick” with a couple in bed experiencing remarkable results. Then came the infamous Shaft Awards, hosted by Smith and Finley and featuring a circus of a song and dance number. Shaft nominees this year included Wells Fargo (phantom accounts), the Reno City Council (sexual harassment issue), Las Vegas Raider stadium ($$$$ giveaway), and the Eldorado (bad judgment in inviting Sheep Dip back). Amazingly, they all won!
Channel 8 news anchors Sara Johns and Dave Lawrence followed Shaft with a Sheep Dip news update, with Dave commenting on Sarah’s pregnancy-induced “pectoral enhancements” (it’s OK, they’re married to each other). Sarah departed the Sheep Dip news desk to partner with KBUL radio’s JJ Christie for the final celebrity commentary of the night. That led into the final skit, which addressed Reno’s pub crawl community. Faced with the threat of a liquor shortage, the Santas, St. Patrick’s Day crawlers, Pirates, and Superheroes mixed it up only to be routed in the end by the Zombies.