Jerry Lewis retiring from the MDA Telethon after 40-plus years

May 24, 2011 3:00 AM

This has been a week of excitement, announcements and scandals that simply can’t be ignored. Cough, cough...

Let’s talk about the Governator who has turned into a Spermanator. Arnold, Arnold, Arnold! There will be more kids showing up as the story evolves, no doubt. However, all the kids (yours, mine and ours) are the ones that suffer in these situations.

Did you think you were above it all?????

Latest news is Arnold has postponed all entertainment projects at least until this distasteful episode comes to a close. Can he still make a movie comeback???

Viewers have been counting down the days to the final Oprah Winfrey show. Her 25-year reign on daytime television has made her one of the richest women in the world. Only Oprah could command the NBA to change its schedule so the farewell of the century could be celebrated at Chicago’s United Center.

Now, that’s power.

How about Jerry Lewis retiring from the MDA Telethon after 40-plus years?! Major changes will take place with the event. Bottom line: No matter what they do they will never top Jerry. Of course, Jerry will stay with his "kids" and hopefully will still be here when they find a cure. We can only wish there were more of his kind around.

I would be remiss if I didn’t talk about the Sahara hotel now that everyone’s done a story on it. The Sahara was a part of history and a part of the fabric of Las Vegas with early performers like Louis Prima, Keely Smith, Johnny Carson, Mae West and so many others.

Yes, even your columnist appeared at the Sahara and more recently was depicted in the stage version of Saturday Night Fever, where my part, the disc jockey, was made the main character of the show. Too bad the management of the hotel dismissed this columnist because the show quickly closed.

Out with the old and in with the new seems to be working for the downtown area. We have a new theater center on the horizon at the Fremont Street Experience – the Neon Museum. Yes, we have culture. Now let’s work on uptown and the famed Las Vegas Strip. The proposed Fontainebleau is an extraordinary building begging for completion.

 The Palazzo Las Vegas and Southwest Airlines have again joined forces to provide a VIP weekend for wounded warriors and family members from hospitals in Washington, D.C. and San Antonio, Texas.

 Celebrating Armed Forces Day, these heroes will enjoy lavish accommodations at the Palazzo, show tickets, a poolside feast sponsored by Omaha Steaks, the ultimate sports fan experience at Lagasse’s Stadium and a welcome from Palazzo staff and the public that’s unmatched. It’s a great philanthropic effort spearheaded by Sheldon Adelson, the Palazzo and the Venetian.

To honor our military, both active and retirees, Caesars Entertainment is offering free and discounted show tickets in appreciation and acknowledgment of Memorial Day. Simply show your ID and become a special guest of Caesars Entertainment, which includes Paris, Harrah’s, Rio, Bally’s, Imperial Palace and Flamingo.

The Riviera is like the old jewel of the Las Vegas crown, so it’s good to hear they’ve just opened the Starlite Theatre, where such headliners as Rich Little, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Connie Stevens and John Byner already have engagement dates. Wilson’s show, Life’s Been Good to Me, opened for a limited engagement last Sunday.

The sexy ladies of Anita Mann’s Fantasy will be "moonlighting" at The Luxor’s Rhumbar this Friday to celebrate the upcoming Memorial Day. These beautiful young ladies will be there from 6-8 p.m. to autograph Fantasy calendars and t-shirts, and give away some tickets to their sexy show.

Even in this economy deals can be found in Las Vegas, especially for the local residents. For example, McFadden’s Restaurant & Saloon in the Rio All Suites Hotel will offer $1 drinks for all local lovely ladies beginning June 2.

A Classic Evening with Lily Tomlin takes place June 18-19 at the Orleans. Lily is currently seen in a dramatic role on television’s Damages, but is best known for her comedic talents. Her awards, too numerous to list, include an Oscar nomination plus several Emmy and Tony awards for her stage performances. She is talent beyond measure. It’s a fun night for everyone, especially when Ernestine the telephone operator makes an appearance.

Donny & Marie have just performed their 500th show at the Flamingo. Their recently opened, revamped production includes new songs and costumes along with the same great energy. The show continues to be sold out every night. They have also been hitting the TV shows lately with a brief time out for Marie to get married. I’m breathless.

 All the entertainers at the Flamingo keep the audiences coming back for more. Vinny Favorito brings down the house seven nights a week – always new, fresh and funny. George Wallace brings a different laugh to the Flamingo and fans love him. He is also one of the most charitable entertainers in the business.

 On the Monti Rock front, my TV show, What’s The Point? is still a go! The Monti Minute radio show is a reality.

Today, I want to thank Eileen DiRocco and the staff of GamingToday for 10 great years. Special thanks to all the sponsors of Monti’s White Ball, which includes Great Buns Bakery, Levy’s Deli, 4Wall Entertainment and David Filter from English Gardens Florist.

You’ve got to hand it to the Hilton’s entertainment guru Rick White, who makes sure there are shows for everyone. He has booked Steve Wyrick with his great magic/illusion show for what looks like a long-term stay. Steve is a fabulous talent and now has the venue to perform his show on a stage large enough to accommodate his fabulous skills.

Rick has also booked Rick Faugno, the original Las Vegas Frankie Valli in Jersey Boys, for his new one-man show entitled Body and Soul at the Shimmer Theater this Friday. His show recalls some of the great performers of the past. For more information call 702-732-5755.

As always, the Rev. Monti wishes you all a great week!