One of the most extraordinary invitations I ever received came from Happy Harry. You know, Happy Harry — the television barker for Quality Liquidators? I quote Mr. Harry, “Is everybody happy?”
Well, it seems Happy Harry is opening Happy Harry’s Eatery on West Flamingo and Arville. As Harry always says on those ghastly advertising spots, “I make everybody happy.” I hope his new eatery has more flavor than his commercials.
As I informed you in my last column, David Brenner had an abrupt closing at the Golden Nugget Cabaret Theatre. Rumors have it there’s bad blood between the Golden Nugget and Mr. Brenner. Spies tell me that his numbers were down. Nevertheless, on closing night the Amazing Jonathan (who also plays the Nugget) gave him a closing night party. What an amazing gentlemen!
On a lighter note the incomparable and unflappable, ageless, Phylis Diller, returns to the Suncoast, Nov. 16-18.
In passing, all of the Halloween events were pretty much successful. Mine, at NY-NY, was the most fun, of course, with variety acts, magicians and legions of superfreaks!
Also at NY-NY, Coyote Ugly opens later this week in the old Hamilton Lounge location. The casino also unveils its new Dragon Pit, a cluster of Asian table games. Word is players will be pampered with specialty Asian drinks and dim sum. Don’t you love dim sum, those tasty Asian morsels served on a cart? I might take up mah jong!
Don’t forget November 11, the USO Benefit Concert at the Mandalay Bay. It’s a truly worthy cause. With so many stars added to this ménage, I have to take my hat off to Clint Holmes who does everything from his heart and his tremendous sense of responsibility. As I had said before, Fred Travelena and every other impressionist (Oh my God! ”” they’ll be doing each other!) is on board. I, for one, am a Bob Anderson fan, friend, and supporter. To me, he is the best of that ilk.
Opening the USO show will be the full cast of The Lord of the Dance and there are too many names for me to list in this column at this time. I wish them all luck and congratulations! Good luck brothers! Peace and love!
At the Stardust, on Saturday, Andrew Dice Clay and the Bad Boys of Comedy Club will be donating all proceeds of this show to the New York City Police Department Detectives Endowment Association ”” Widows and Children’s Fund. Also on the bill is Jim Norton, Bobby Lee, Uncle Joe Dias. Also at the Stardust is one of the strangest billings ever ”” Don Rickles and Patty Smythe ””what a strange duo!
The Crazy Girls at the Riviera has added a new emcee who is breaking all records ”” Joe Trammel. This guy was working with David Saxe’s Showgirls of Magic and now is getting standing ovations in this show. Either that or everyone is trying to get better look at the eight topless showgirls!
At Sam’s Town this weekend, we have Gladys Knight ”” the R&B sensation, and, as I informed you a couple of months ago, she might be the next headliner in the Flamingo Showroom. Also over at Sam’s Town, on November 30 Creedence Clearwater Revisited performs ”” what is wonderful about this re-visitation is that it has Elliot Ethan, formerly with The Cars, on lead guitar, and, John Tristao on lead vocals and rhythm guitar.
With all the restaurants, shopping, nightclubs and conventions at The Venetian, they MUST do something about their parking! Twice this week I could not go to a dinner party because of their mismanaged valet parking set-up.
At the Stratosphere, the American Superstars show keeps adding Latin entertainers. Also, Viva Las Vegas, the afternoon show, is still thriving.
Again, we are getting ready for the opening of the Palms Casino and Hotel ”” I can’t wait! The nightclubs and restaurants at this trendy new hotel-casino are going to be this town’s pace-setters. Mark my words!