Laughter Is The Best Medicine
June 27-July 3, 2002 ARCHIVES
"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" Covers The Vegas Comedy Scene Weekly


by Florence Troutman
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Comedy can be a real "shot in the arm." Las Vegas offers a wide variety for everyone who needs a laugh! Check out ET's Showguide and you'll find barrels of laughs from one end of the Las Vegas strip to the other in addition to Downtown Las Vegas as well.

"Vicki Lawrence & Mama, A Two Woman Show" is at the Orleans Hotel June 27th through 30th. A co-star of "The Carol Burnett Show" often playing Burnett's kid sister, Lawrence is one of the best ever at sketch comedy. Two of her fellow co-stars Harvey Korman and Tim Conway were at the Las Vegas Hilton the end of May and will be returning August 8th. Lawrence stared in her own comedy series "Mama's Family" and hosted the game show "Win, Lose or Draw." Her wonderful sense of humor reminds everyone "Life is much too serious to be taken seriously!"

Carrot Top continues his too funny for words antics in the Hollywood Theater in the MGM Grand through July 3rd. A master of "prop comedy," it's hard to believe one mind can be that clever or that twisted! If anyone in this country didn't know who Carrot Top was, they do now with his AT&T commercials!

This week The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana has brought in Butch Bradley who just completed a feature role in Rodney Dangerfield's new film "Back by Midnight" which was directed by another Comedy Stop favorite Harry Basil. Joining Bradley, for the week are fellow comedy headliners Mitch Fatel and Patrick O'Donnell. Shows are at 8:00 (non-smoking) and 10:30 pm, nightly.

"Bottoms Up," an afternoon show at the Flamingo Las Vegas, is pure farce! This show has been around forever (1964) but it is as fresh as if it had debuted last week. A mixture of vaudeville humor, sketch comedy, improvisation and beautiful girls this show stars co-creator Breck Wall as host and is a perfect example of old Vegas entertainment.

Another afternoon comedy show is "Viva Las Vegas" originally at the Sands Hotel and now at the Stratosphere Hotel. With a very reasonable ticket price, this show is a true Vegas experience including an Elvis impersonator with a twist! Veteran comic Bruce Michelson is hilarious!

Rhonda Shear's "Up All Night Pajama Party" is at the Suncoast June 29th and 30th. Best known as the star of USA Network's "Up All Night Pajama Party," Shear was name one of television's sexiest stars by Playboy Magazine. A former beauty pageant winner, she is living proof that comedy can be sexy and sexy can be smart! Joining Shear are Vicki Barbolak and Tammy Pescatrelli.

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. Also, you can check out the new Comedy Zone at the Lady Luck Casino.

Wherever you find your laughs it's guaranteed you'll be feeling better as you leave than you did when you arrived. Because, LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE for all that ails us!

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