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by Sig Sakowicz
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Debbie Reynolds, Carl Reiner and George Carlin were honored at the first Las Vegas Comedy Festival Awards dinner at the Stardust. Carlin received the Las Vegas Comedian of the Year from the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. Reynolds received the festival's Lifetime Achievement Award, and Reiner, the Steve Allen Pioneer of Comedy Award...

"Legends In Concert" has an "Infatuation" with John Anthony, as he is making a return visit to Imperial Palace with his tribute to Rod Stewart. Anthony resembles Stewart not only in appearance and voice, but also in his energetic stage shows, thrilling audiences from the east to west coast with his soulful performances. Anthony's tribute to Stewart covers everything from the early "Maggie May" to his sexy rendition of "Hot Legs," covering many of Stewart's classics and performing in the same energetic style. Catch this hot performer along with celebrity tributes to Bruce Springsteen, Dolly Parton, Elvis and more, twice nightly, 7:30 and 10:30 p.m., except Sundays, at Imperial Palace, center-"Strip." Tickets are $34.50, call (702) 794-3261 for reservations...

Vegas Old Timers Dinner set for the Stardust September 29, for information call 382-6336... Meatball Awards will be presented September 18 at the Greek Isle Hotel, formerly the Debbie Reynolds Hotel... "Proud To Be An American" song writer Lee Greenwood will be back here September 27...

Vegas resident David Brenner jumps into the Suncoast September 14 and 15... Long time Vegas gaming exec. Ed Nigro is being honored by Congregation Ner Tamid as their first "Mensch of the Year" at the Four Seasons Hotel November 16. Mensch is a Yiddish word meaning a good hearted, caring individual who is both honorable and decent...

Bonnie Raitt performed recently with Lyle Lovett at the Aladdin... Mr. Michael Gaughn, bring Bill Acosta back real quick! He had S.R.O. houses over September 6, 7 and 8 at the Suncoast. Acosta has it all together, working hard along with his wife Jeanne, to improve each show. His 12 days of Christmas is a real showstopper. His voices are right on the mark, including Sinatra's, the most difficult of all. Bill Acosta is a rare MUST SEE!

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