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Steve Katsos hosts Second Anniversary Spectacular in Arlington

Posted by Nicholas Goss  March 28, 2011 10:00 AM

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Ever since he can remember, Steve Katsos has loved late-night talk shows. So after years of wondering why there wasn’t a version featuring Boston area talent, the 1991 Arlington High School graduate created one.

Tomorrow, he will tape the 100th episode of ‘‘The Steve Katsos Show.’’ And at 7 p.m. April 28, Katsos will celebrate another milestone while hosting his ‘‘Second Anniversary Spectacular’’ at the Regent Theatre in Arlington, with the proceeds benefiting cancer research.

His homegrown production evolved from the thesis project he developed while earning a master’s degree at Emerson College in 2004. He taped the first episode at Arlington Community Media Inc., and has produced it at the cable-access station for the last two years.

The show now reaches 3 million homes through more than two dozen cable-access stations and local networks in the United States, plus another 10 million homes in the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Cyprus on London-based My Channel, Katsos says.

While 60 volunteers work on the show, Katsos juggles duties as host, writer, editor, talent scout, executive producer, and crew cheerleader, along with his day job as a freelance audio technician.

The 30-minute show follows a traditional late-night talk show format, with an opening monologue by Katsos followed by three guests: a comedian, a musical act (which is in addition to the show’s house band), and an interview subject. Previous guests have included Boston Marathon hero Dick Hoyt, longtime sportscaster Bob Lobel, and veteran comedian Dick Doherty. According to Katsos, the average audience for the Tuesday night tapings is 12 to 16 people.

‘‘Everyone thinks I’m a nut, but my goal is to be what ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ was on Sunday nights, with families relaxing together and being entertained by up-and-coming talent,’’ said Katsos, who now lives in Hudson, N.H., and reports having Facebook fans as far away as Ireland. ‘‘I don’t just want this show to be seen all over the world — I want it to be galactic.’’

Locally, ‘‘The Steve Katsos Show’’ is broadcast on Sundays at 11:30 p.m. through Derry, N.H.-based MyTV New England, and on Saturdays at 1 a.m. on CharterTV3 in Worcester. For more information, visit www.stevekatsos.com.

‘‘Second Anniversary Spectacular’’ tickets are $20, and can be obtained by calling 781-646-4849 or visiting www.regenttheatre.com.

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