Drew Carey and his All Stars play MGM Grand

Jan 23, 2001 8:38 AM

"Drew Carey’s Improv All Stars" will take the stage at MGM Grand’s 650-seat Hollywood Theatre for hilarious live comedy Thursday through sunday. Live performances on Saturday, Jan. 27 will air live as Pay Per View television specials sponsored by Doritos at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT with an additional live performance at 12 a.m. ET/9 p.m. PT.

Performances are scheduled at 9 p.m. on Thursday and Sunday, 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday, and 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets, priced at $85 inclusive, are on sale now at all MGM Grand ticketing outlets or by calling MGM Grand Reservations (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-7777. Tickets may also be purchased online at www.mgmgrand.com.

Drew Carey, the star of two hit ABC-TV shows, "The Drew Carey Show" and "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" has assembled an impressive team of comedic talent for an unscripted, unrehearsed, no-holds-barred laughfest. Many familiar faces who Carey has worked with over the years, including castmates from both shows, are members of the Improv All Stars. Stars scheduled to appear include Ryan Stiles, Colin Mochrie Kathy Kinney, Sean Masterson, Greg Proops, Brad Sherwood, Chip Esten, Julie Larson and pianist Laura Hall. They will perform impressive comedic improvisation as the ensemble gathers their subject matter from the suggestions of the live audience, and then transform the ideas into sidesplitting vignettes.

As a stand-up comedian, audiences have enjoyed Carey’s humorous interpretation of everyday life in Cleveland for six seasons on the "Drew Carey Show." Carey is also executive producer and host of "Whose Line Is It, Anyway?" With the success of these shows, this stand-up comic turned actor and producer has the rare honor of having two hit shows simultaneously.

MGM Grand, "The City of Entertainment," is a wholly owned subsidiary of MGM MIRAGE. The resort features 5,034 guest rooms and suites, a state-of-the-art gaming complex, world-class entertainment venues and the $100 million Conference Center for meetings/conventions, all centrally located on the Las Vegas Strip. For room availability and information about the MGM Grand, call (800) 929-1111 or (702) 891-7777 or log onto the World Wide Web at www.mgmgrand.com.

Find your fortune on Chinese New Year’s

Chinese New Year’s goes head-to-head with the Super Bowl celebration this week. A good place to enjoy the Asian festivities is Chinatown Plaza on West Spring Mountain.

Entertainment will include Taiko drumming, folk dancing, acrobatics, kung fu demonstrations and the traditional lion dance.

The huge food festival will include cuisine from China, Korea, the Phillippines, Vietnam, Thailand and other Pacific Rim countries.

Our Asian experts have searched the luckiest fortune cookies and came up with the following: That’s how the fortune cookie crumbles! 

Laughs continue with Sinbad

He’s back, he’s bad, he’s larger than life and ready to take Las Vegas by storm. Popular comedian Sinbad will be at The Mirage, Thursday-Sunday, stalking the stage and seeing how funny everyday life can be.

Expect to laugh out loud with one of America’s most loved comedians. Sinbad’s career spans beyond stand-up to TV and the big screen. Sinbad has appeared in "Houseguest" and "Coneheads," as well as his own Fox TV sitcom, "The Sinbad Show."

One of his most endearing characteristics is the wholesome nature of his comedy. He may be outrageous, but never obscene. Nor does he revert to profanity or "bathroom humor."

Sinbad will perform at 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $65 per person, plus tax.

Stratosphere takes entertainment to new heights

At 1,149 feet tall, the Stratosphere Tower is a hard landmark to miss in Las Vegas. Yet many people never explore its heights, either because of a lack of time or interest, or sheer fear of heights.

If you’ve never ventured up, here’s a quick ride through the tower’s various levels, and what to expect on your rise to the top.

Its tripod-like base stretches to the 775-foot level, where the "pod" rests. This 12-story structure can be reached by one of four double-decker elevators traveling at 1,800 feet a minute. Total trip time from ground level to the pod is less than 30 seconds.

Levels 103 and 104: Banquet, Private Dining and Meeting Facilities. The Stratosphere Tower features banquet, private dining and meeting facilities with views unique only to the Stratosphere.

Levels 106 and 107: Top of the World Restaurant and Lounge. The award-winning Top of the World Restaurant offers the best views of Las Vegas as it rotates 360 degrees in one hour. This 360-seat restaurant serves the best in culinary creations, including New Zealand rack of lamb and Chilean sea bass. Watch as servers expertly execute the famed Chocolate Stratosphere.

The restaurant is open for dinner nightly. Lunch is served daily from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Above the restaurant, the 220-seat Top of the World Cocktail Lounge features a wide selection of cigars, spirits, beers and wines from around the world.

Level 108: Indoor Observation Deck. Enjoy a panoramic view of Las Vegas in the climate-controlled comfort of the Pepsi-Cola indoor observation deck, 857 feet up. It features two gift shops, virtual reality games, the Sky High Snack Bar, and the loading area for the world’s highest thrill rides.

Level 109: Outdoor Observation Deck

At the 869-foot level, enjoy the boller, Level 109 offers the best views of both rides for those wanting only to be spectators.

Levels 112 and 113: Big Shot and High Roller Boarding Area

Accessible only by those thrill seekers who have purchased ride tickets, Level 112 is the queueing area for both rides as well as the loading area for the High Roller. The High Roller can seat up to 28 passengers in seven four-passenger cars that zoom around the 909-foot level of the tower on 865 feet of track. With 32-degree angle turns and speeds of 30 miles per hour, the High Roller offers just the right amount of excitement for everyone in your party.

For those craving the ultimate rush that can’t even be found at the craps table, the Big Shot is for the truly daring. Just above the High Roller, the Big Shot launches 12 passengers 160 feet in a mere 2.5 seconds to experience four G’s of force, then drops them back down to the launching pad at zero G’s. Traveling 45 miles per hour and reaching heights of 1,081 feet, the Big Shot is an experience passengers won’t soon forget.

The Big Shot and High Roller rides are open daily. Both have a minimum height requirement of 48 inches. That’s before you’re subject to the four G’s!

Creedence Clearwater revived!

One of rock and roll’s pioneer groups makes a re-appearance at Sam’s Town Live! on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 p.m.

Creedence Clearwater Revisited is a re-grouping of two of Creedence Clearwater Revival’s original band members, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford on drums and vocals, and Stu Cook, on bass guitar and vocals. Clifford and Cook are joined in Revisited by Elliot Easton on lead guitar and John Tristao on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.

Revisited has been rocking crowds across the country, covering many of Revival’s biggest hits, including Top 10 hits "Bad Moon Rising," "Travelin’ Band," "Proud Mary," "Lookin’ Out My Backdoor" and "Have You Ever Seen The Rain?"

Sam’s Town Live! is a state-of-the art, 1100-seat multi-use facility. The intimate setting houses concerts and other events, and is capable of showcasing a variety of set-up options, from concerts to a nightclub.

Lodge offers sweet taste of winter

It takes more than a roaring fireplace to warm up at the Mount Charleston Lodge with temperatures freezing or below and more than three feet of fresh snowfall on the ground. Hot chocolate and whipped cream tops the Hot Drink Menu at the Mount Charleston Lodge during the height of winter with over 3,000 cups of steamy cocoa served every weekend. Of course, a true hot cup of chocolate wouldn’t be complete without a huge crest of whipped cream melting over the lip of the mug, and the Mount Charleston Lodge keeps plenty in stock utilizing some 24 cases of the creamy sweet topping each weekend.

In fact, patrons at the Mount Charleston Lodge consume more hot chocolate and whipped cream than any other restaurant or lounge in Las Vegas, said Lodge proprietor Barbara Orcutt.

The second most requested hot beverage is the Mount Charleston Lodge’s own world famous Mt. Charleston Coffee made with brandy, scotch liquer, vanilla milk and coffee, topped with whipped cream, cinnamon, nutmeg and a cherry.

The historic Mount Charleston Lodge is located at 1200 Old Park Road at the top of Mount Charleston and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner daily from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. weekdays and to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The lounge is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

A radiant Debbie Reynolds honored at Caesars


Last weekend the "unsinkable" Debbie Reynolds was honored as the Woman of the Year at the annual Black & White Ball at Caesars Palace. Several Hollywood greats, whom she counts among her many friends, attended, including a rare public appearance from the wonderful grand dame, Elizabeth Taylor.

Other special guests included Joan Collins, Shirley McClaine, Tony Curtis and Phyllis McGuire.

In accepting her award, Debbie was as charming as ever, especially considering she’s nursing a broken foot and motoring around on a battery-powered scooter (she insists it’s not a wheelchair!). Debbie even decorated the scooter for the black tie affair. Now, that’s unsinkable!

Also recuperating nicely is Jerry Lewis, who last week underwent back surgery, which forced postponing his engagement at The Orleans. Get well, quick, Jerry!

Time Marches On

Plenty of changes to report, many taking place over the next 5-6 weeks, with March as a target date.

David Cassidy’s successful At the Copa closed Sunday at The Rio, opening the door for The Scintas to move over from the Las Vegas Hilton, most likely around March 1. The Scintas are one of the most polished acts I have seen in years, a great blend of comedy, song and charisma – just like "old" Las Vegas.

Over the next few months, Cassidy will be doing concerts and cutting two new albums. He will also work toward finding a new room for his hit, The Rat Pack is Back, whose run at the Sahara ends April 1.

Good news for Kenny Kerr fans! The ‘Boylesque’ star will open his new show on March 1 at the New Frontier. Expect to see a first rate female impersonator show (aka drag show).

Incidentally, Kenny will be appearing just a few doors down from La Cage, another drag show starring Frank Marino. Beware as the fur is about to fly!

After the solid hit Forever Plaid closes at the end of this month, the Flamingo will begin preparations for its new revue, Second City, to take its place at the beginning of March. The comedy show will feature stand-up comedy, skits and improvisation, with tickets priced at $24 per person.

Over at the Aladdin, they are working very hard on the Carmen Electra variety show. It will be interesting to see how Carmen will pull off the magic tricks or whatever else they decide she’ll do on stage.

Heck, it’ll be interesting just to see Carmen Electra on stage, especially without sidekick Dennis Rodman.

Last week I went to Harrah’s and saw Skin Tight — Harrah’s has a winner here. All the show needs is a comic to round out the lineup, and it could very well standout against the myriad of all these topless shows in Vegas.

Speaking of the skin game, the MGM Grand is bringing in the original Crazy Horse Revue from Paris, and Paris Las Vegas (the resort) is trying to bring in a new Lido. Ooh, La La! Las Vegas returns to its roots!

Hair-raising ’Do-ings.

Word of dueling hairdressers: in one corner, Diva Salons, which is a high-end trendy spot here in town, versus William Watley Salons, which personally grooms folks like Rita Rudner and the rest of the Hollywood types.

Watley is the new avant garde hairdresser, who has coiffed the likes of Erin Grey (Bay Watch) and Jackie Zeman (General Hospital). It looks like the hairdo torch is being passed.