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Comedy

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    Seven Must-See Acts At Crapshoot Comedy Festival

    By Una LaMarche

    Downtown's comedy festival promises to be anything but a gamble.

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    Tracy Morgan To Serve Up Laughs at Primm’s Star of the Desert Arena

    By Mark Adams

    Catch his show October 22 at Buffalo Bill's.

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    David Cross Takes it Back to the Stage

    By Lissa Townsend Rodgers

    His last performance in Las Vegas was 14 years ago, but Cross is eager to return to the Vegas stage—and the sports books.

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    Too Funny for Mainstream

    By Jason Scavone

    The Hard Rock’s Vinyl might be the next venue to bridge Vegas’ middle-tier comedy gap. But can it succeed where few have?

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    Meet the Blistering Lineup of the Oddball Comedy Festival

    By Jason Scavone

    When the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival lands at Mandalay Bay (Saturday, September 21 7:30 p.m., $55-$135), it’ll do so, in its Las Vegas iteration, without the “curiosity festival” midway portion that’s a staple of other tour stops. But it will also come in as the biggest comedy event we’ve had since the days of the old TBS Comedy Fest. (With apologies to the brilliant Anti-Social Network Tour with Bill Burr, Dave Attell, Jim Norton and Jim Breuer.)

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    Dave Chappelle on Hartford Hecklers, Spoofing Prince

    By Maureen Hank

    “Do I look like a douche in this suit?” Dave Chappelle asks as he looks down at his gray-tweed two-piece with an indigo shirt he’d just picked up from Barneys at the Palazzo.

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    Opener-Minded

    By Steve Bornfeld

    Ominously coined by some showbiz types as “the bullet-taking spot,” the job of opening a show for a headliner—of warming up a “cold room” so the star can enter to a sizzling-hot crowd—is a rite of onstage passage for performers. Frequently an unenviable assignment, it sometimes falls to singers or specialty acts, but is often handed to comedians, especially ahead of bigger-name comedians. In a field where success is defined as having “killed” and failure is “dying” onstage, the bullet analogy seems entirely apropos.

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    Zero Dark Laughter

    By Jason Scavone

    The late-night lounge show is the stuff of Vegas legend and, sadly, is mostly confined there. Let’s all be honest: It’s highly unlikely Zombie Buddy Hackett is going to set up shop after midnight on Saturdays anymore. First off, he’d be entirely confused about what happened to the Sahara. But local comic Gabe Lopez and national powerhouse Ralphie May have returned a slice of Vegas arcana to the arena with The Dirty at 12:30 show on Friday nights at South Point’s Grandview Lounge.

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    Adam Carolla Reconnects the ‘Loveline’ with Dr. Drew

    By Jason Scavone

    Imagine, if you will, that Abbott and a highly trained Costello were heavily invested in the fortunes of 19-year-olds who may or may not have caught gonorrhea in an ill-advised Spring Break three-way. There you have Loveline, which, along with Emeril drunkenly screaming “Bam!” and hangover-tinged SportsCenter reruns was what passed for appointment television across college dorms in the late ’90s.

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    Dinner and a Laugh

    By Jason Scavone

    There have been plenty of famously unusual spots to find stand-up comedy over the years: Boston’s hot spot in the ’80s was the Chinese restaurant Ding Ho, which counted Steven Wright, Lenny Clarke and Bobcat Goldthwait among its illustrious alumni. So sticking a comedy show in Artisan’s Mood restaurant? Sure, why not. The space itself is intimate and dark, the ceilings are low and the audience in the first couple of rows are practically sitting onstage. In other words: It’s perfect for comedy.

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    Talk This Way

    By Jason Scavone

    It’s early on a Sunday night. At the top of Mandalay Bay, the Foundation Room is lightly attended. There are maybe 10 people in the lounge, maybe more in the dining room. An NFL preseason game flickers to an audience of none off in a side room. Yet as you make your way through a jungle of India-inspired décor and dark lighting, you’ll find one room that’s not like the rest. There are plush couches, rows of chairs, a stage in the corner and a crowd of maybe 40, all overlooking a soaring, 43rd-floor view of the Valley.

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    Carey’s New Line

    By Marvin Lucas

    Actor, comedian, host, producer, creator—Drew Carey is a consummate entertainer. Now, the multifaceted, perpetual motion of talent is bringing a cast of comedians and TV crew to Las Vegas. The Price Is Right host decided the time and place are right—next month at MGM Grand—to film a new improv-based game show. Starting Jan. 14, Carey and a yet-to-be-announced team of comedians will give 20 performances inside the Hollywood Theatre, then use the best footage in three episodes of a new, yet-to-be-named series on the Game Show Network this spring.