Don Rickles with Patty Smyth at Stardust

Nov 13, 2001 3:29 AM

Don Rickles with Patty Smyth at Stardust

Longtime Las Vegas comedy favorite Don Rickles will be joined by singing star Patty Smyth for a four-night engagement at the Stardust, Thursday through Sunday at 8 p.m. For ticket information, call (702) 732-6325.

Veteran Las Vegas show goers have observed Rickles’ evolution from a standup lounge comic to an all-around showman who has taken his rightful place among the city’s legends.  Rickles’ comedic cutting edge is as sharp as ever. His nimble mind, aggressive demeanor and patented Gatling gun delivery are on full display at every performance. Rickles still stalks the stage like a panther, hilariously pouncing on members of his orchestra, the showroom staff and the audience.

Smyth has enjoyed continued success as a performer and composer from her formative years as lead vocalist for the rock band Scandal. Career highlights include “Look What Love Has Done,” which she wrote for the motion picture “Junior.” The song was nominated for an Academy Award and a Grammy. She also received acclaim as a songwriter for “I Wish I Were You,” from the film “Armageddon,” and “Carnival Lights.”

Phyllis Diller with magician Mercer Helms at the Suncoast

Phyllis Diller and special guest, magician Mercer Helms return to the Suncoast Friday through Sunday at 7 p.m. For tickets, call (702) 636-7075.

Phyllis Diller is recognized as the leading female stand-up comic in the world today. She has been entertaining people for over 40 years with her nightclub acts, movies, television, Broadway and theater roles and books.

Ms. Diller has starred in three television series, countless specials and has made guest appearances on hundreds of top-rated TV shows. She co-starred with Bob Hope in three films: “Boy! Did I Get a Wrong Number,” “Eight On the Lam” and “The Private Navy of Sergeant O’Farrell.” She has appeared in 22 of Bob Hope’s TV specials and accompanied him once on his Christmas jaunt to Vietnam.

As a concert pianist, she has toured with symphonies from Hawaii to Florida, playing mostly Beethoven and Bach. She is also the author of several successful books.

Louie and Roseanne at MGM Grand

Comedians Louie Anderson and Roseanne will appear in the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand Thursday thru November 21 at 9 p.m. Saturday performances at 7:30 and 10 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-929-1111 or (702) 891-7777.

Louie Anderson, one of the most versatile and successful comedians working in Hollywood today, is loved by television audiences as the star of the nightly hit game show “Family Feud.” Anderson has guest-starred in hit television series including “Nash Bridges” and “Ally McBeal.”

Roseanne, best known for her hit television series, returns to her comedic act. Roseanne starred on ABC’s “Roseanne” and has been awarded four Emmys. In 1998, she hosted her own talk show for two seasons. “The Roseanne Show” established one of the most successful launches of a syndicated talk show, not only domestically, but also in over 30 foreign countries.

New male lead singer for Folies

When you see the Folies Bergere at the Tropicana Resort & Casino and hear the voice of male lead singer Paul May, audiences will understand why it was destined to be.

When Paul arrived in Las Vegas in 1993, he had the opportunity to perform at the Copa Room in the Sands before its implosion.

But it was even before then that Paul chose The Folies Bergere. While in town as a teenager, Paul attended a Folies show and said afterward, “I would love to be in a show like that some day.”

Paul joins the Folies cast after an extended run as the understudy to stars David Cassidy, Tommy Tune, and Rick Springfield in EFX at The MGM Grand.

The Folies Bergere is the nation’s longest running production show. Shows are performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. and 10:00 p.m., except Thursdays. The early show is covered for audiences of all ages and the late show is topless in the traditional Las Vegas style.

Comedian Ray Romano at MGM’s EFX Theatre

Ray Romano, star of the hit television show “Everybody Loves Raymond” will take center stage with his comedic act at MGM Grand’s EFX Theatre Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. For ticket information, call 1-800-929-1111 or (702) 891-7777.

Romano’s talent to make audiences laugh with his stand-up comedic act awarded him his first appearance on “Late Night with David Letterman.” Letterman recognized something unique in Romano’s persona and offered him a development deal with his production company, Worldwide Pants. Through that association, the CBS hit, “Everybody Loves Raymond” was born.

His numerous television appearances include hosting “Saturday Night Live” and an appearance on “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,” winning $125,000 for charity. He is also the author of the New York Times best-selling book based on his comedy, Everything and a Kite.

Romano was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (1999, 2000, 2001), a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Comedy Series (2000 and 2001). He won a TV Guide Award for Actor of the Year in a Comedy Series (2001) as well as the Funniest Male Lead in a TV Series at the American Comedy Awards (2000) and the Television Critics Association Award for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Comedy (1999).