Perhaps the closest thing to a live variety show available to most Americans today is a professional basketball game. I attended the Rockets season opener game tonight (they won, by the way), and was treated to a strange mix of sports, dance, and music. Of course the Rockets Power Dancers danced provocatively in skimpy, tight fitting outfits during timeouts, and the Luanch Team did a mix of break dancing, flips and jumps, and some pretty impressive jump rope tricks.
And then there was "The Piano Juggler." What can I say, really? Just watch the video.