The Comedy Stop has literally stopped, at least for now.
The good news is that the room will reopen with Bobby Slayton as resident headliner. Slayton, known as "The Pit Bull of Comedy" recently closed his show at Hooters.
Slayton’s final performance was edgy, informative and included a thank you to the Las Vegas resort for the two successful years. A native of Scarsdale, N.Y., Slayton is also known for his portrayal of famed comedian Joey Bishop opposite actors Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna in the mildly acclaimed film "The Rat Pack."
Slayton is rated No. 80 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of all-time. At the Tropicana, he could also be booking other comedy acts. The Comedy Stop has been a staple at the Trop since 1983 with its 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. shows at reasonable (latest $19.95) prices.
Speaking of Las Vegas staples, the Siegfried & Roy ABC television special was a farewell performance that was heartfelt. Roy truly is on the mend. When you see the old photos of Roy with those beautiful animals we can see the tragedy in all of it. Siegfried & Roy were and will always be entertainment icons of Las Vegas.
Longtime friend Sam Younghans came from Los Angeles to help define my current website, blog, film and legacy. Sam was a part of my career when I appeared as the opening act for Josephine Baker in New York City. Yes, that was a few years ago.
Sam enjoyed first class accommodations and graciousness provided by the Golden Nugget, where we were treated to a preview of Gordie Brown’s latest show. Gordie has evolved as a great comedic impressionist.
I first saw Gordie when he arrived in Vegas to appear at the Golden Nugget several years ago. Following his engagement there, he moved into his own room at the Venetian before heading to Planet Hollywood and appearing at David Saxe’s V Theater. His next move was to go on tour with Celine Dion as her opening act.
The next night was a visit to Vinny Favorito at the Flamingo. He’s in the Don Rickles school of comedy, but more hip and caters to a somewhat younger crowd. I’ve seen Vinny about 10 times and am always amazed at his unscripted show. The audience is his act in a no holds barred, fast, funny show.
There’s just a few weeks left to catch a couple of shows before they close – The "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana, "Menopause the Musical" and the Scintas at the Hilton. The Scintas will be on the road after a weekend in April at The Suncoast. They’re working on a TV reality show, but then aren’t we all?
The week’s openings include Terry Fator at the Mirage which I’ll include in next week’s review. The Greek Isles opens its new Restivo Brothers "Pyro" show.
Just in-Adam Steck, who produces among others Louie Anderson and "Thunder From Down Under," will be bringing in a new show to the Imperial Palace. That’s great news. We need to keep these showrooms open and Adam’s productions are always entertaining.
On April 15 the non profit Liberace Foundation will be celebrating its 30th Anniversary of the Liberace Museum. It will be an all day affair and a great chance to view all the bling this master entertainer collected throughout his career. The Foundation has helped scholars all across the USA, including dozens of UNLV alumni.
I won’t touch the Elaine and Steve Wynn divorce. Let’s be honest, she will probably end up as one of the wealthiest women in the world.
Reminder: Minute with Monti on 1230AM KLAV this Saturday from noon to 2:00PM. Have a great week.