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Richard Jeni & David Cassidy


by Norm Johnson
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One of the funniest standup comedians working the boards today, and a veteran of the Comedy Stop at the Tropicana Hotel, is currently holding down the fort at New York-New York. It's Richard Jeni and he's working in the 400-seat Cabaret Theatre while the wonderful Rita Rudner is on the road promoting her new book "Tickled Pink." Jenni will be performing this time through Sunday, Nov. 18, returning again Dec. 6-12.

We have personally watched this remarkable comedian grow in stature over the years and can guarantee you a great night of comedy should you stop in to watch. His most famous routine, the one that brought him fame and an HBO Special was "Platypus Man." He also was in the blockbuster movie "The Mask" with Jim Carrey and is the voice you hear in the Office Max commercials. The American Comedy Awards honored Richard as the "Best Male Stand-Up Comic" in 1993. Tickets for the Richard Jenni engagement are priced at $29.95 inclusive.

Soul crooner Johnny Gill returns to Texas Station and the Dallas Events Center this coming Saturday with a 9 pm., show. His 1985 album "Chemistry" helped to build his reputation and led to a stint in the boy band New Edition. Some of his hits since have been "Rub You The Right Way", "My My My" and "Fair-Weather Friend." Tickets are priced at $39.50 plus tax.

Don Rickles opens tonight (Thursday) in the Wayne Newton Theatre at the Stardust Hotel for a four-night stand. His opening act this time is Patty Smyth. Last time Don had the wonderful Lorna Luft opening for him. In this writers opinion this was a tremendous combination and one we hope to see again and again. Tickets are priced at $49.95 plus tax and tip but do include one beverage.

The Rio, over on Tropicana, has a full schedule of entertainment, one that should please just about anyone. First and foremost is the fabulous Scintas in the Copacabana Showroom. This is a high-energy presentation with a taste of great music, comedy and some of the best singing in the world along with wonderful impressions. They are dark on Wednesday and Thursday and tickets are $44.95 plus tax. Call for showtimes. The Samba Theatre has David Cassidy scheduled for Nov. 22-24. The legendary teen idol has been honored with multiple Grammy nominations will entertain royally with such hits as "I Woke Up In Love This Morning", "Cherish", "Rock Me Baby" and "I Think I Love You."

Teenage idols, Frankie Avalon and Bobby Rydell return to The Orleans Hotel showroom tonight (Thursday) though Sunday evening with showtime at 8 pm. This is a fun-filled show with both men doing some of their most requested hits. Songs such as "Venus," "De De Dinah," "Bobby Sox to Stockings," "Volare," "Wild One" and "Kissin Time" are always a part of their show. Tickets are priced at $39.95 to $55.95 plus tax.

Over at the Suncoast, opening tomorrow evening (Friday) through Sunday is a true legend of the comedy genre, Ms. Phyllis Diller. She has been recognized as the leading female stand-up comic in the world today. This Lady, with the wild hair, has been making us all laugh for over 40 years, and thank God she's still going strong. Tickets are priced at $29.95 to $39.95 with a 7 pm. showtime.

Hey, gang, I'm outa here!

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