Monti Rock among entertainers, presenters at 8th Meatball Awards

Sep 9, 2008 7:01 PM

I'm proud to say that yours truly will be among the entertainers, presenters (and hopefully recipients) at the Eighth Annual Meatball Awards slated for Sunday, Oct. 5 at the Plaza Hotel and Casino.

The show starts with the cocktail hour at 3 p.m., followed by a two-hour gala awards presentation in the main showroom, which seats 490. After the event, more than 4,000 meatballs donated from local restaurants will accommodate the buffet-style samplings.

Among the celebrities attending are Mayor Oscar Goodman, the Scintas, Kelly Clinton, Martin Nievera and Lorraine Hunt. The Master of Ceremonies is Vinnie Favorito, the Flamingo's No. 1 comedy show host -- other than Rock III.

Speaking of me, Atlantic City, get ready! Myself, as Disco Tex, will be appearing at the Taj Mahal on Oct. 25 in "Disco Ball" along with other stars of the "Disco" era.

Once again Jerry Lewis rose to the occasion for the MDA's Labor Day Telethon. The goal this year was $1 more than last year's $65 million. Seeing the old clips of a young Jerry Lewis with the likes of Frank Sinatra and Dean Martin brings back memories for all of us.

It was great, too, seeing my old friend Ed McMahon, who remembers me as the young and handsome character willing to appear on the "Tonight Show" with he and Johnny Carson at the drop of a hat. Yes, every time a scheduled appearance fell through, the "Tonight Show" car would pick up yours truly for a fast trip to the studio.

The South Point Hotel and Casino deserves our accolades for being so gracious to all the entertainers and the audiences for this year's telethon. This was the third year for South Point as host and I suspect they're probably in line to continue the good work.

While at South Point, I had lunch with Johnny Pizza who was there with Frank Sinatra, Jr. Johnny informed me he was moving to Atlanta to be with his ailing mother. Johnny, Junior (Sinatra) and standout singer Jack Jones were among the many performers who continually answer the call and donate all their time and talent to the weekend event.

 Just spoke to the lovely Charo, who has a new reality show. Her latest recording "Espana Cani" is No. 7 on the Billboard charts. Charo will appear at South Point next Feb. 6-7. If you've never seen this lady in person, give yourself a treat. Her classical flamenco guitar playing is a show-stopper.

Alice Cooper, appearing at the Orleans casino, was his usual self, just being Alice Cooper.

Seems like I've been writing and talking about Criss Angel's show "Believe" at the Luxor for months. Last week I mentioned another postponement. Inside sources tell me the show may be a snooze. Take it from one who knows, an act on television doesn't always transcend to the big stage arena.

As a television personality I had to find a way of working the cabaret scene and it wasn't always good. Over the years, it was hit or miss. Confession is good for the soul. Not to worry, the Rock prevailed.

You can add "Ooh La La" at the Paris to the list of closings along with Ron Lucas at the Excalibur and "The World's Great Magic Show" at The Greek Isles. They even tried giving away tickets, but there were no takers.

According to Concerts West, the biggest ticket seller for shows continues to be the one and only Cher at Caesers Colosseum.

At The Flamingo, Donny and Marie Osmond tickets have been selling fast and furious for the opening this Tuesday. And, back to Vinnie Favorito, he's fast becoming the talk of the Strip for his comedy routines. By the way, Donny and Marie will be competing with the Osmond Brothers, performing locally later this month. There are enough Osmonds to become a family "Cirque du Soleil."

Glen Alai, the man behind Penn and Teller at the Rio, tells me their numbers are great, while "Jubilee" at Bally's is offering tickets for $27 to entice locals. Listen people, don't pass up this offer. This really is a must-see show.

Wes Winters, currently at the Steve Wyrick Theater at Miracle Mile in Planet Hollywood, took some time off to see his idol, Barry Manilow at the Hilton.

Some of the casinos, including the Excalibur, are trying the latest gadget, which is electronic poker. These machines eliminate the dealers which makes us ask, "Where are we headed?" The thought of no dealers changes the whole atmosphere, doesn't it?

The life and times of my friend and well known keyboardist Harvey Kaye, who became a manager and agent, was celebrated at a memorial service this past Monday at the Las Vegas Elks Lodge.

Jay White, tribute artist at the Riviera's "America's Diamond Live Show," just broke all kinds of records at Salt Lake City last month performing for a crowd of more than 14,000. By the way, Jay is the only tribute artist that has actually been endorsed by the one and only Neil Diamond. White's super show is at 7 p.m. Sunday through Thursday at the Riv.

Another friend, Mimi Hines, has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Mimi was to star on Broadway in a revival of "Pippin," but it's on hold. We send our love and prayers as she prepares for surgery this week.