Motown Maurice: Tampa's new king of late night?
While Jay Leno and Conan O’Brien are busy playing musical chairs on NBC, Tampa is getting its own late-night talk show.
The Motown Maurice Show will be hosted by “Motown Maurice” Jeoffroy, a Tampa entrepreneur nicknamed for his love of all things old-school and recognized around town for his trademark high-top fade haircut. The first episode of the 60-minute variety show will be taped Saturday at Ybor City’s Cuban Club before a live audience. Episodes will be televised on WTTA MyTV Tampa Bay.
Before creating the talk show, Motown Maurice hosted a community discussion forum called Wide aWoke Wednesdays from June 2007 to November 2009.
“Basically, it’s like your conventional Tonight Show,” said Motown, 29. “If you’ve seen the Jay Leno Show, if you’ve seen the Tonight Show, that’s exactly what you’re going to get. The hook is 'late-night television with an old-school twist.” Each taping has space for 250 to 300 fans.
In addition to a retro-looking set, the show will feature celebrity interviews. Saturday’s guests include actor Bern Nadette Stanis, who played Thelma Evans on the ’70s sitcom Good Times; Minnesota Twins outfielder Denard Span; and local rapper Phantom. Thomas Mikal Ford, best known for his role as Tommy Strawn on the ’90s series Martin, is scheduled to appear at the Jan. 30 taping.
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