Laughter Is The Best Medicine
September 5-11, 2002 ARCHIVES
"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" Covers The Vegas Comedy Scene Weekly

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by Florence Troutman
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This weekend is the First Annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival, being held at the Stardust Hotel. Four days of comedy showcases, a trade show and seminars for those of you who think they can be as funny as the next guy. Up and coming and wannabe comedians from ten cities across the country will compete locally throughout the summer to appear as national finalists at the festival. The national winners will win the opportunity to perform on the legendary Las Vegas Strip and a sponsored performing tour of comedy clubs across the country. Industry insiders from a variety of comic genres will discuss their craft, answer questions, and interact with attendees throughout the Festival. Workshops to be offered include: Learn the Basics of Stand-Up Comedy (Roger Behr, formerly half of the musical comedy team of Roger & Roger will be speaking on parodies and comedy impressions), Showmanship, The Business of Comedy, Marketing Yourself and more. The Festival will also include a trade show with over 100 industry booths promising anything that a performer might need to pursue a career in comedy. Winston O'Rourke will be launching her new television show, "Comedy Kitchen" at the trade show.

The Smothers Brothers are at the Las Vegas Hilton and will remain in residence until September 8th. Opening the show is the infamous Gary Mule Deer, who has been on the comedy scene since the days of the Comedy Store at the Dunes Hotel. One of the most successful comedy teams in history, The Smothers Brothers are true American comedic treasures. Their blend of comedy and music, along with a special appearance by the "Yo-Yo Man," appeals to all ages. It's impossible to guess which one was "mom's favorite!"

Andrew "Dice" Clay, best known for turning his oral graffiti into a profitable comedic art form, is at the Stardust Hotel in the Wayne Newton Theatre through Saturday. Verbal fireworks are the order of the evening as he assaults the boundaries of word usage and good taste. Once the initial shock wears off, the laughter remains. "Dice" is not for the faint of heart, but rather those who have an open mind and want to laugh out loud!

Comedy / magician Mac King presents "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" at Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. King's unique act contains an unusual combination of quirky humor, visual gags and amazing sleight of hand. He offers serious magic, delivered in a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek manner. Bring the whole family, you won't be sorry!

Downtown Las Vegas should not be overlooked when your shopping for laughs. Amazing Johnathan, the "Freddie Kruger of Comedy" is at the Golden Nugget. Bizarre comedy magic is his forte. In the past few years, Johnathan's new assistant and partner, Psychic Tanya, has been a wonderful addition to his show. She plays the perfect foil to his misdirected illusions and is so superbly funny that audiences are going crazy for this new comic partnership. If you haven't witnessed this new dynamic duo...DON'T MISS IT!

If that's not enough comedy for you, check out Rita Rudner (New York, New York), The Scintas (Rio), Viva Las Vegas (Stratosphere), Second City (Flamingo) and Dr. Scott Lewis (Riviera).

Talk to you next week! Until then, be sure to keep laughing because LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE for all that ails us!

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