Laughter Is The Best Medicine
September 19-25, 2002 ARCHIVES
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Howie Mandel, a multi-talented actor and comedian, is performing his unique comedy at MGM Grand's Hollywood Theatre Sept. 19 - 25. An alumnus of The Comedy Store in LA, Mandel's career has encompassed virtually every area of entertainment including television, film and stage. He recently starred in the film "Crown Heights," debuting on SHOWTIME next Spring. He starred in the award-wining NBC drama "St. Elsewhere" and produced and created the Emmy Award-nominated children's series "Bobby's World." Mandel hosted "The Howie Mandel Show," a daytime talk and variety show and has performed in countless comedy specials both on cable and network television.

Sophisticated, award winning and hilarious Rita Rudner, appearing in the Cabaret Theatre at New York, New York is offering a "Platinum Package," which includes a ticket to her show, VIP seating, a meet-n-greet with Rita, a copy of her book "Tickled Pink," a ticket to "BOO!" the new 10:00 pm show in the same theatre and a ride on New York, New York's roller coaster.

According to the media advisory New York, New York sent out, "BOO!" is a spooky, funny collection of short sketches and songs build around a talented cast of energetic, improvisational actors from LA. "If the story of a man who picked up his loaded revolver in the middle of the night because he thought it was his ringing phone and blew his head off answering his gun makes you laugh guiltily, then this show is for you," continues the advisory. Let's check it out!

Hollywood legend Debbie Reynolds has returned to The Orleans Hotel through Sunday. Her stage show is a wonderful blend of song, dance, comedy and too-funny-for-words impressions. To add to the numerous awards she has received, Reynolds was given the "Lifetime Achievement Award" at the First Annual Las Vegas Comedy Festival, held at the Stardust Hotel September 4 through 8.

The Las Vegas Comedy Festival's awards dinner was attended by a lot of very funny people! The winners of the ten-city comedy search and their encore tour were announced. In addition to Debbie Reynolds' "Lifetime Achievement Award," Carl Reiner received the "Steve Allen Pioneer of Comedy Award" and George Carlin was given the "Las Vegas Comedian of the Year Award." The performance showcases and seminars were the highlights of the festival. "Winston's Comedy Kitchen" TV show was a hit, as expected. Here's hoping the second annual festival will be as much fun if not more!

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!

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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