Kings of Casino Comedy: Good ‘Til the Last Laugh
Stroll through just about any casino and you are sure to see an array of interesting characters ranging in age, gender, personality and style. People go to casinos for all kinds of reasons—entertainment, birthdays, to hold business conferences during the day and to let loose at night. Casinos have a variety of ways to attract this wide assortment of guests—they offer free buffets, award double points on slot machines, encourage you to purchase golf packages and, probably the most enticing attraction, they promote exciting live shows and concerts.
If you haven’t yet attended a live performance at a casino, you should. Whether you’re seeing a world-famous musician or a big name comedian, you won’t be disappointed. Most performers take the stage for about an hour and a half and the staff will help you find your seat quickly so you can enjoy every minute of the entertainment. Afterwards, ushers escort guests back to the casino floor so you can continue your night chatting and mingling at the bar or enjoying a round (or two) of blackjack or craps. Such nights are a win-win for both the casino and its guests. The casino gets a crowd to drop some coin after the show, and guests have a memorable night that starts with a great live performance and ends with plenty of fun in the casino.
Some of the hottest tickets in casino show business today are headline comedy acts. Ridden with names made famous by television sitcoms and other hit shows, these guys have come a long way from the smoky comedy clubs. Today, they are playing two shows a night on the Strip in Sin City and charging a premium for tickets. And when they aren’t in Vegas, they’re touring the country with stops in other casino venues, including several in the Southern Gaming region!
We’ve put together a list of some of our favorite comedic acts. See a trip to Vegas in your near future? Excited about trying one of the great casinos in the South? Check out this list for more information on where you can catch one of these comedians live on stage!
Ron “Tater Salad” White
Hometown: Fritch, Texas
Birthday: December 18, 1956
Known for: Member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry the Cable Guy; Standup DVD They Call Me Tater Salad; author of the book, I Had the Right to Remain Silent But I Didn’t Have the Ability; Hit CDs including Drunk in Public, You Can’t Fix Stupid and Behavioral Problems. His latest 80-minute special, A Little Unprofessional is a big hit and can be found for only $5 at www.RonWhiteSpecial.com.
The scotch-drinking and cigar-smoking Ron White began his career in 2000 when he joined the Blue Collar Comedy Tour with Jeff Foxworthy, Bill Engvall and Larry The Cable Guy. Soon after, his solo career began to take off and today he rolls around his own private jet, Tater Air. White produced two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central history, and he also received two Grammy nominations. He produced a book that was on The New York Times Best Seller list and his DVD and CD sales have grossed over 10 million units. Today, White is continuing his bad boy antics on stage and has just released a new DVD called A Little Unprofessional. To read more about Ron, check out our exclusive interview with him this issue.
Daniel “Tosh.0” Tosh
Hometown: Titusville, Florida
Birthday: May 29, 1975
Known for: His hit television show on Comedy Central, Tosh.0
Find him at: www.Danieltosh.com
Since 2001, Daniel Tosh has been dishing out his unique brand of comedy and has amassed a wide variety of fans. In 2005, Variety named Tosh one of its “10 Comics to Watch” and since then, he has been one of the most requested headliners in the country. Tosh found success early in his career, which helped him land his own television show on Comedy Central, Tosh.0, which is now the highest rated, non-animated show on the network. His routine on stage consists of racial humor, satire, sarcasm and improv. He is currently performing his stand-up on select dates at The Mirage in Las Vegas.
Hometown: New Rochelle, New York
Birthday: April 28, 1950
Known for: Host of NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno
Jay Leno has been one of the leading late night television comedians since 1992. His particular brand of comedy appeals to a wide audience—young and old—and his stand-up performance gives audiences a glimpse of a different Leno, one that people do not get a chance to see on television. Before he was a late night talk show host, Leno was performing at comedy clubs, which helped earn him a regular spot on The Johnny Carson Show. Before long, Leno took over as host of The Johnny Carson Show and as they say, the rest is history. Leno is currently listed as one of the Mirage’s “Aces of Comedy” and is performing in the Terry Fator Theater on selected dates throughout the year.
Hometown: Mineola, New York
Birthday: April 26, 1965
Known for: His starring role in The King of Queens as well as his onscreen roles in the films, I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry, Paul Blart: Mall Cop, Grown Ups, The Dilemma and ZooKeeper.
Find him at: www.kevinjames.com
Kevin James began his comedic career performing at various clubs in Long Island, NY. He was first discovered at a comedy festival in Montreal where he was given the opportunity to create his own show, The King of Queens. James was quickly become a known star and found himself with his own stand-up comedy special on Comedy Central, Sweat the Small Stuff, which lead him to his career in the movie industry. In his stand-up routine, James likes to address the comedy seen in everyday life. You can catch this “Ace of Comedy” performing at the Mirage on selected dates alongside Ray Romano.
Hometown: Queens, New York
Birthday: December 21, 1957
Known for: His hit television shows, Everybody Loves Raymond and Men of a Certain Age. He was also the voice of Manfred in the animated film, Ice Age.
Find him at: www.rayromano.com
Ray Romano’s career jump-started with his starring role in the hit series, Everybody Loves Raymond. Before landing the show, Romano was performing at nightclubs and looking for that big break. His hard work paid off when he was offered a role in a CBS sitcom that played into his style of comedy. Romano’s stand-up style circles around observational and blue-collar comedy, while also incorporating everyday occurrences of the husband and wife relationship. Romano will be performing his routine with fellow comedian, Kevin James, at the Mirage on selected dates.
Hometown: Los Angeles, California
Birthday: April 23, 1961
Known for: His hit TV shows, George Lopez and Lopez Tonight.
Find him at: www.georgelopez.com
George Lopez is a multi-talented entertainer who has seen success in television, film, stand-up comedy and late night television. His career began with his hit show on ABC, George Lopez, which ran for six seasons. His talents have landed him numerous stand-up specials, several award-show hosting opportunities and even his own autobiography, Why You Crying?: My Long Hard Look at Life, Love, and Laughter, which was on The New York Times Best Seller list. His stand-up routine is filled with jokes that poke fun at the Mexican-American culture, race relations and everyday life. Be sure to check out his website and find a tour coming to your region soon because Lopez is a must-see!
Will Cary is a freelance writer based out of Louisville, Kentucky. He was born and raised in Louisville and developed a passion for writing during his years at Bellarmine University. He is an avid sports fan with the University of Louisville being his favorite team, and enjoys playing poker, craps, and placing wagers at Churchill Downs.