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Apr 1, 2008 7:00 PM

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III | Is it just me or do other television reality fans feel the same? American Idol has become a big yawn, except for Ryan Seacrest. He’s a great host. Maybe like other phenoms, Idol is about to run its course. Another favorite reality show is Dancing with the Stars, where our own Penn Jillette gave the fans a view of his lighter side.

Maybe the current reality shows have just become too much for the television audience. Let’s face it, we have reality in our lives every day. Bring back the old television variety shows. That would be my favorite reality.

Your columnist, Monti Rock III (aka The Full Monti), was a presenter at the annual Best of Las Vegas last week.

The event is sponsored by the Review-Journal and was held at New York New York’s Zumanity Theater. One of the highlights for me this year was the fabulous gift bag. George Wallace was the host and he did a great job keeping the event funny and current.

The Full Monti by Monti Rock III |

Is it just me or do other television reality fans feel the same? American Idol has become a big yawn, except for Ryan Seacrest. He’s a great host.

Among the presenters and attendees were Danny Gans, Rita Rudner and Lance Burton. The standout for me, in addition to the gift bag of course, was my friend Frank Marino. Frank was dressed in full costume and always makes my day. Also sighted at the Best of Las Vegas was long-time entertainment producer and icon, Breck Wall. We all wish him well.

Surprise, surprise! Did we all see Britney Spears on television? She had a small but kind of significant part on "How I Met Your Mother." She was good and funny. Give the girl a break. My sources say there were no diva problems backstage. Maybe she’s been watching the pre-teen’s current idol, Hannah Montana, and taking notes.

The Full Monti went to the Wynn property to see Spamalot. John O’Hurley is one of the stars and again the show is incredibly funny. At a small dinner party after the show, my hostesses were Trish Williamson, Debbie Gold and Marcie Weiss. The ladies gifted me with a leopard bag, my trademark you know.

This week Wynn is offering 2-for-1 tickets to Spamalot for locals. If you haven’t seen the show it’s a great time to take advantage of the offer. You’ll also get the chance to enjoy the Wynn property, one of The Strip’s most beautiful hotel/casinos.

I want readers to know about Tix 4 Tonight. This is for those times when the property or show is not offering 2-for-1 tickets. Readers can also check on seat filler tickets. Often show tickets are considerably less on the night of the performance. Looking out for you, it’s called value for the dollar from The Full Monti.

The current economy continues to produce rumors that gas prices may hit $4 a gallon. Makes me wonder what that will do to the gaming industry, restaurants and shows. And what about one of the latest trends in Las Vegas, the ultra lounges like Pure, LAX, Taboo and Cathouse? Following the big IRS raid, everything has pretty much gone back to normal, or has it?

On March 31 at the Plaza Hotel & Casino downtown film icons Cicely Tyson and Richard Roundtree will be hosting an event to honor grandparents. It’s a salute to those grandparents who are raising the grandchildren, which has become a trend over the last few years.

The Divine Miss Midler is a big success at Caesars Colosseum, selling out at least three of every four performances. This gal has still got it and the audience loves her.

At 82 years old, Don Rickles brought down the house at the Orleans last week. HBO has been running a documentary on Don, who is still going strong. Terry Fator, winner of America Has Talent, has been extended at the Hilton.

Gordie Browne’s move to Planet Hollywood’s V Theater will be without a live band. Gordie has elected to go to track and will be doing more comedy. I always thought he did comedy. Gordie’s new show opened Monday.

 Could it be true? Fifty million dollars is just not enough for Heather Mills following the divorce settlement from Paul McCartney. Maybe Heather will drop a few dollars when she visits Las Vegas to be a judge in Miss USA Pageant on Friday, April 11 at Planet Hollywood. We might even let her stay in town for a while.

Rumor has it that Anita Mann, producer and director of Fantasy at the Luxor, had to crack the whip and dismissed one of her performers. Anita runs a great show, a great product and when you have a T&A gig, it’s sometimes hard keeping the girls focused.

I should know.

Everyone’s waiting patiently for the arrival of new shows. Cher will open in May at Caesars Colosseum, Jersey Boys opens in April at the Palazzo, a new magic show is headed to the Sahara, and Donnie and Marie Osmond, yes, it’s the Osmonds, have officially signed for a long term show at Flamingo.

 Of course the big buzz continues to be Criss Angel’s magic show at the Luxor. The Las Vegas entertainment landscape is changing, again. Enjoy!