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Good Bye George Carlin, what a loss!

Jul 1, 2008 7:04 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | I first met George in New York City in the early days of Cafe A-Go-Go, which was part of the coffee house era.

It was a place where entertainers like Richard Pryor, Joan Rivers, Dick Gregory, Mort Sahl and, of course, George fine tuned their acts.

Everyone borrowed from George because he had the ability to embellish on politics and the everyday things that were bothering him. Pryor was the guy that was off-center. He and Lenny Bruce brought us all to the edge of comedy.

Just two weeks ago George was performing at the Orleans. His sudden death leaves us all with a void. The great Steve Lawrence will take over Carlin’s dates at the Orleans from Aug 15-17. Steve’s wife Eydie Gorme will be sitting this one out, nursing a back problem.

Last Saturday was the fifth anniversary of Vegas magazine. The party was held poolside at the Palazzo, which provided the perfect ambiance for a summer evening. The food, cocktail bars, beautiful ladies and handsome men were unsurpassed – as good as I’ve seen in my nine years in Las Vegas.

But, then what would you expect from a half-million dollar bash? Michael Carr, you did it again!

Last week Barbara Walters and the ladies from "The View" did their shows from Caesars Palace. The terrific lineup of Las Vegas talent included Penn & Teller, Wayne Brady, Bette Midler, Rita Rudner and the wonderful Danny Gans, who soon will move from the Mirage to Steve Wynn’s Encore.

The ladies seemed to be intrigued with the lifestyle Rita Rudner is able to maintain while still performing at Harrah’s. Rita’s schedule will soon be altered with the opening of her play, which has been running at Little Theater and selling out.

Tim Molyneaux is showcasing his new "All In-The Poker Musical" from July 3-5 at the Rio The setting is the World Series of Poker in Las Vegas with all Las Vegas performers. With poker such a hot spectator sport, this should be a hit. His current show "Bite" has been enjoying a long run at the Stratosphere for the past few years.

The Riviera Hotel and Casino just announced Kyle Dunnigan will be headliner at the Comedy Club from July 7-13. Kyle is a regular with Cedric the Entertainer and has made several appearances on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and "Late Night with Conan O’Brien."

Word has it Dunnigan is big on the "edgy" side, but very funny. Brian McKim and Traci Skene join him at the Comedy Club and are known for their stand-up comedy/writing.

My contacts say that George Michael was fabulous in his appearance at the MGM Grand Arena. Since Michael had not been on the scene for so many years, I admit not to have expected such a reaction to his show. I certainly do acknowledge his on-going talent.

At the Suncoast, I went to see Lorna Luft, in the "Songs My Mother Taught Me." I’ve been following this show since it first appeared at the Desert Inn when she opened for Don Rickles. Hand it to Lorna, the show is ready for Broadway. It was exciting to watch all those in line after the show waiting to get a signed copy of Lorna’s latest CD.

Elton John celebrated his 200th performance at the Colosseum. I can’t wait for Cher to return in August because she’s camp personified. Of course, Bette Midler is back and better than ever.

I happened to catch my friend Frank Marino, in drag, on the TV show "Extra." Frank is a favorite of mine and I always give him a tip o’ the hat. Television’s "America’s Got Talent" has become another favorite of mine. It’s great fun and David Hasselhoff has gotten better while Sharon Osbourne continues to delight us all.

We always have something to look forward to, like Mr. Las Vegas, Wayne Newton, soon coming to the Flamingo, Liza Minnelli, Bill Cosby and the great Al Green at Primm Valley Casino Resorts. These older stars can show them how to do it!

Of course, as I keep reporting, Criss Angel will open at the Luxor in September. Thursday marks the opening of Christian Audigier –The Nightclub at Treasure Island. Night Club and Fashion coming to life nightly is a novel approach.

I ventured out to the Golden Nugget where I saw the "Caveman" again and treated myself and a guest to a great buffet. Justin McVay, the Golden Nugget’s outstanding public relations manager, just celebrated his 30th birthday. Ah youth!

By the way, the Golden Nugget has been named America’s favorite casino for 2008 by the American Casino Guide.

Downtown has a wonderful life of its own with galleries, art colonies, gaming bookstores and some of the oldest casinos in Las Vegas. At one time downtown was Las Vegas.

I’ll soon announce my blog and a reality television show in the works, but I may jump into the world of the unknown. After all, I’m a legend in my own mind! Maybe we’ll peek at the secret life of Monti Rock III.

Speaking of dynamic, wouldn’t it be something if Michael Jackson buys a house in Las Vegas and opens a Jackson 5 reunion show? Let’s make it happen.