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LA Comedy Club to Laugh Again at The Stratosphere

July 7, 2015 at 3:07 PM | by | ()

Joaquin Trujillo, one of the owners of LA Comedy Club, once told me during an embrace that hugging me “is like hugging a couch.” Why Trujillo knows what hugging couches feels like is still a mystery to me, but the incident is a good example of the camaraderie between the promoters and the comics at the often-moved club.

The guys closed up shop early in 2015 at their last location, a shared showroom with “Tony and Tina’s Wedding” at Bally’s. Trujillo thought the new club would be up in no time. “We were originally looking at April. We were hoping to only have 30-60 days downtime, but unfortunately it's been a little longer than that.”

And why wouldn’t the veteran Vegas show promoter be confident that he could open his new space in short order? After all, LA Comedy Club originally opened in 2007, and among its homes were Palace Station, Planet Hollywood (twice), Four Queens, and the aforementioned Bally’s.

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'X Comedy Uncensored Fun' to Debut on June 25 with Piff the Magic Dragon

June 16, 2015 at 8:14 PM | by | ()

PIFF IS BACK. AND HIS LITTLE DOG TOO.

As we mentioned a few weeks ago, Piff the Magic Dragon, everyone's favorite magic dragon, who actually does magic tricks, is returning to The Strip---this time to The Flamingo as a part of the new X Comedy Uncensored Fun comedy show.

Produced by the same team who did "X Burlesque" and "X Rocks", X Comedy will premiere on June 25 at 8pm inside Bugsy's Showroom. The show will be hosted by comedy veterans we've never heard of Nancy Ryan and John Bizarre, and it is promising "non-stop laughs and a hysterical lineup of comedians, including PIFF the Magic Dragon and his sidekick Mr. Piffles, the “TV Guy” Joe Trammel, Dennis Blair and more." Whether it will have actual X-rated stuff, we don't know, nor do we care because YOU HAD US AT MR. PIFFLES.

Tickets for the show will go on sale on June 22 and range from $49.95, $59.95 to $69.95 plus tax and fees. A Comedy Star ticket, which includes a guarantee that you will be a part of the show, is also available for $100 plus tax and fees. Flamingo Box Office, by phone at (702) 733-3333 or (800) 221-7299 or by visiting www.flamingolasvegas.com. But no minors allowed as guests must be 18 years or older to see this X-rated (fingers crossed) show.

[Photo: Erik Kabib/Rose.Rabbit.Lie; Logo via X Comedy]

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UPDATED: At Plaza, Louie Anderson's Run Is Over

Where: 1 South Main Street [map], 89101
March 30, 2015 at 11:56 PM | by | ()

Unfortunately, a succinct headline will have to do, for now at least, when it comes to Louie Anderson's departure from the Plaza.

VegasChatter Facebook fan Johnny K. first alerted us to the possibility the comedian's run at the downtown casino may be over last week. We were able to confirm it today through two separate enquiries. The reason why, however, is a mystery right now. We've emailed Anderson's management for a statement.

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Dixie’s Tupperware Party Almost Makes You Forget You're At A Tupperware Party

Where: 361 Symphony Park Avenue [map], 89106
February 9, 2015 at 7:20 PM | by | ()

Dixie Longate, the fast-talking Tupperware Lady, is gracing Vegas with her sassy presence and performing nightly at The Smith Center through February 15. Dixie Long who? That’s what I thought when I first heard of her and this show. If you’ve never heard of her either, here’s the story:

Dixie Longate hails from a trailer park in Mobile, Alabama. As part of the conditions of her parole, Dixie packed her trailer (with her three kids in tow) and set off for Los Angeles. In 2001, she started traveling the world throwing old-fashioned Tupperware Parties, or as she calls it “selling the fantastic plastic crap,” and has become one of the top Tupperware sellers in the nation.

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Weird Al's Back And This Time It's Mandatory

Where: 3667 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
January 21, 2015 at 7:39 PM | by | ()

Weird Al Yankovic finally managed to top the charts (Billboard’s top comedy albums and top 200) with his newest album, Mandatory Fun. Despite this being his first chart-topping album, the kooky comedic singer has been cranking out silly and beloved hits for the better part of the last four decades. New videos released last summer made waves on the interwebs including "Foil," his parody of Lorde’s “Royals.”

Now that their accompanying album has come out, Weird Al is hitting the road in support of it with his aptly named tour, the “Mandatory World Tour.” If you missed his previous Vegas shows at The Cannery, you’ll have to cough up double or triple the price to catch him this time around at Planet Hollywood. He'll kick off his world tour in Las Vegas May 12-16 with showtimes at 8 p.m.

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Mac King's Still Got The Magic

Where: 3475 Las Vegas Blvd. South [map], 89109
December 29, 2014 at 7:58 PM | by | ()

Mac King shows how his cloak of invisibility totally works.

Mac King makes plaid cool. The kooky comedy magician who dresses from head-to-toe in plaid and endorses geriatric fave, Fig Newtons, turns on the charm in his afternoon show at Harrah’s. “The Mac King Comedy Magic Show” was recently extended for four more years, adding to King's 15-year reign at Harrah’s.

You may have the impression that Mac King’s show is a kids show, but the reality is that it’s fun for all ages. As cliché as that sounds, it’s the truth. Having seen the show a few years ago and again recently, I can definitely attest to the fun adults will have, too. Mac’s humor seems to have gotten a bit more adult over the years as he makes references or simply alludes to double entendres and snicker-worthy innuendos.

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Murray Sawchuck To Reappear On Vegas Strip

November 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM | by | ()

After being bumped from Tropicana, comedian-slash-magician Murray Sawchuck looks to be having the last laugh.

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Ja-Makin'-Me-Laugh Delivers The Funny At The D

Where: 301 Fremont St. [map], 89101
October 7, 2014 at 6:36 PM | by | ()

When the cheesy title of a comedy show alone makes you laugh, it’s safe to assume you’ll at least be entertained. Ja-Makin’-Me-Laugh at The D certainly lived up to its corny name and did, indeed, make this writer laugh. All I knew going in was the show featured Matilda and Patrick Murray. Expecting a husband and wife comedy duo, this writer was quite surprised when I saw the promo materials featuring a puppet. In case you were also unaware, Matilda is Patrick’s Jamaican ventriloquist dummy. Murray is a Second City-trained comedian, but of course, he’s just the sidekick in this duo.

With her bedazzled dress, rhinestone-covered shoes and beaded hair, she could give any of Terry Fator's puppets a run for their money in the flashy Vegas outfit department. While not on the level of a Terry Fator show, it’s definitely an entertaining way to spend the afternoon.

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Seth Meyers To Host A Not-So-Late Night At The Cosmo

September 22, 2014 at 2:30 PM | by | ()

The knockout evening in Vegas comedian and Late Night host Seth Meyers remembers most is when he took a punch in a Sin City bar at 3 a.m. one night|morning.

Meyers' next Vegas visit will, hopefully, only involve his customary knocks on topical news and politics mixed with the humor of casual observations (see below for a bit on flying to and from Vegas, as well as drunken room service decisions.) Normally a regular at The Mirage, Meyers will perform at The Chelsea inside The Cosmopolitan Saturday, October 11 at 8 p.m. Tickets begin at $45 and can be purchased here.

(PHOTO: NBC)

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LA Comedy Club At Bally’s Is Good For A Laugh

Where: 3645 Las Vegas Blvd. [map], 89109
August 20, 2014 at 11:54 AM | by | ()

Jason Harris performs at LA Comedy Club at Bally's.

LA Comedy Club has been hopping around Las Vegas since 2007, staying at some venues longer than others. As a live comedy fan, this writer has traced the club’s evolution and followed it from place to place as it seems to typically have the best acts. If you’re unfamiliar with the basic structure of a comedy club, there are at least three basic “acts,” the host (or MC or opener), feature and headliner. The set lengths of these performers vary from club to club and from night to night at the same club, depending largely on crowd response and which other comics stop by and finagle a few minutes at the mic.

This is the beauty of live comedy. It’s a fluid animal and if a big name (or an established small name who has a good rapport with the bookers or other performers) stops by, crowds may be in for an extra bonus on top of the lineup they came to see. LA Comedy Club, now located in the Windows Showroom at Bally’s, has cultivated a reputation for having solid lineups and some of the most interesting “special guests.”

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Jerry Seinfeld And George Wallace Take A Buick Riviera To The Peppermill

June 27, 2014 at 5:29 PM | by | ()

Jerry Seinfeld's very entertaining web series Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is back for another season and, this time, fellow comedian George Wallace gets taken for a spin on The Strip.

Seinfeld picks up Wallace at the Flamingo* in a '65 Buick Riviera before (eventually) heading to the Peppermill for a bite, coffee and laughs. You can view the full 17-minute episode here, but here are a few of our favorite zings:

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CONFIRMED: Purple Reign Out At Planet Hollywood, Jeff Dunham On Way In

June 13, 2014 at 7:16 PM | by | ()

Earlier this year, we wondered if the Purple Reign was coming to an end at Planet Hollywood. A few weeks later, we also reported on the likelihood Jeff Dunham would become PHamous this November as part of a Las Vegas residency. We can now confirm both.

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