Best Comedy Promoter Who Hosts His Own Shows

Big year for comedy clubs, as Jamie Masada opened an outpost of his legendary Laugh Factory at Tropicana, and Brad Garrett moved his comedy club to MGM Grand. But Cort McCown’s smooth transition from the Palms’ Playboy Comedy Club to Paris as Empire Comedy in the dueling-piano bar Napoleon’s deserves special recognition. Particularly since McCown did it while maintaining the best Rolodex in the local comedy scene, bringing in the likes of David Koechner, Rob Riggle, Jim Jefferies, Matt Braunger, Greg Proops and Aisha Tyler. No other room in town has a lineup that robust. And no other room in town has a swanky piano onstage, either.