Deck the Halls . . . with comic relief!

Dec 19, 2000 6:16 AM

‘Tis the season for laughter. And you’ll find stockings full of belly laughs at the Golden Nugget, where David Brenner puts on a hilarious show downtown. He’s taken the edge off his humor, which we all remember from the Johnny Carson days. You might say he’s more mellow, and it works.

The show looks like a hit in a downtown market that hasn’t been kind to up-and-coming laugh shops. Remember the ill-fated comedy club at the Four Queens, which launched the Comedy Fun House while under Riviera management? Not even entertainment director Steve Schirippa could find a winning formula.

Steve subsequently gave up his post at the Riv to pursue an acting career with the HBO hit, the Sopranos. Steve has yet to land a leading role, but it was definitely a smart career move.

At the Frontier, the new Legends of Comedy show has them rollin’ in the aisles.

The show is the brainchild of long-time stand-up Bill Kirchenbauer, who has assembled a cast of look- and sound-alike comics who do drop-dead impressions of Jack Benny, Rodney Dangerfield, Jay Leno, George Burns and several other comedy greats.

Laughs in the wings: I can’t wait to see the new Second City comedy revue when it opens at the Flamingo (no start date yet). With all the comedy clubs in town, the Windy City crowd better bring good material and be prepared to hype, hype and hype some more.

Electrifying! The word is that Carmen Electra — sans Dennis Rodman — will soon be fronting for the Aladdin (what a front!) as a spokescreature of sorts. The Baywatch babe and MTV goddess will assist in promotions, and often appear in spots in shows. There’s also talk of putting her in a permanent show. We’ll keep you abreast, so to speak.

A different Tune: Big changes are in the works for EFX at the MGM Grand. When Rick Springfield takes over for Tommy Tune next month, don’t expect to see the rock ‘n roller dancing Broadway-style across the stage. As part of the changeover, the show fired all four of its Time Keepers plus a lot of the cast, so get ready for an entirely new EFX — new book, music, everything. Incidentally, Tune’s last show is on New Year’s Eve.

Return of Mr. Warmth: Speaking of New Year’s Eve, after Don Rickles does a show that night at Paris Las Vegas, he begins a two-year run at the Stardust.

Ladies in waiting: Also at the MGM Grand, the new Crazy Horse show, based on the Paris revue, is in a holding pattern. We’ll let you know when it’s cleared to land.

Crash and burn? The former creator and director of Splash, Jeff Kutash, is still trying to land a spot for his new production, supposedly written with Bob Anderson in mind for a lead role. Without a Meshulam Riklis to bankroll him or Pia Zadora to sing his praises, Jeff is bucking the corporate head-winds. Keep the parachute handy, Jeff!

Cheaper by the dozen? After a month in his new digs at the Flamingo, Bill Acosta is finding business not as brisk as it was at the Luxor. The problem could be the $70 ticket price. The first casualty is the show’s topless revue, cut from 12 to six girls. Talk about your unkindest cut of all! Let’s hope the Flamingo cuts the ticket price — $10 or $15 bucks should stop the bleeding.