Comedians stage turf war

In the world of stand-up comedy, bragging rights mean a lot.  Whether it’s who killed the hardest or who has the most Facebook friends, everything is a contest between comedians.

Saturday at Boomers was a battle for pride between three of Las Vegas’ finest and three of Phoenix’s heavy hitters. 

To be honest, boxing matches in the 1950s were less fixed. The judges included two bookers from LA Comedy Club (at the Four Queens); a promoter who runs two shows at local bars; and a Canadian comic who spends a few months every year in Sin City playing with the boys.  Take a guess who won.

In the end, though, this was less a competition and more of a chance for the guys to show their chops in front of a house as packed at Boomers as I can remember seeing in the last few years.

Gabe Nolasco, Brandon “Gooch” Hahn and Booya composed Team Vegas.  Ben Vitoff, Christian Davis and Dirty Red represented Phoenix.  As I work with the Vegas crew most nights, it would be unfair for me to single any of them out too — but the audience was with Booya through his set.  The star of the Phoenix gang was closer Dirty Red, who tackled a number of issues, from drunk driving (I’m paraphrasing) “If you don’t want to get caught, don’t make a right hand turn when you’re in the left hand turn lane,” to how awful office pot lucks are “if the person who made the food isn’t eating it, stay away from it.”

Perhaps a rematch is in the making, this time in Arizona, where the Phoenix three can stack the judges’ panel.  But if anyone complains how this night went down, remember this: This is Las Vegas and in Vegas, the house always wins.

Jason Harris is a local stand-up comedian.



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