The Beginning of a Tradition
The idea for Sheep Dip began as a fundraiser for the Reno Ad Club in 1963, when newly elected Ad Club president Allen Dunn was told, "We're broke." Inspired by a visit to the Gridiron Club's political roast in Washington DC, Dunn suggested a similar roast for Reno, and Sheep Dip was born. The first show was written in 1964 and the first performance took place on a Sunday night in March, 1965 in the showroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget in Sparks, where local newsmakers were dipped in our vat of satire. The first show was a one-night reprise of the regular Nugget two-week show starring Allan Sherman, who appeared in our show.
From that original one-time event grew a 50-plus year Reno tradition. After many years at the Nugget, Sheep Dip wandered in the desert like the ancient Hebrews, setting up camp variously at Bally's, the Pioneer Theater, the Flamingo Hilton, the Eldorado, back to the Nugget, and once again in the Eldorado showroom for Sheep Dip 53.