Laughter Is The Best Medicine
August 15-21, 2002 ARCHIVES
"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" Covers The Vegas Comedy Scene Weekly


by Florence Troutman
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Comedy is the simplest form of entertainment that exists. Just one (or more) people on a stage telling jokes and making us laugh can make your day, change your mood and, statistics say, can even heal your soul if not your body. Today, it's easy to turn on your television and tune into Comedy Central, HBO or late night comedy shows. Why bother to attend a live performance by one of the comics you can see on TV? Because, there is nothing like the emotional charge we get from seeing comedy live!

The Smothers Brothers opened on Tuesday 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!"

Ray Romano, star of the award winning sitcom "Everybody Loves Raymond" on CBS, is at the Mirage Hotel through Sunday. A very special kind of guy, Romano's roots come from stand-up comedy. Like his sitcom, his standup strikes the very core of American family life. USA Today said, "If you don't love Raymond, that probably means you haven't been watching!" According to The New York Times, "He's just plain funny!"

The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana has one of Chicago's favorite comedians, Tim Walkoe in for the week. Walkoe was the infamous Mayor of "Small Town X," the scene of Fox Network's last summer's reality-drama show "Murder in Small Town X." The show was a fictional "who-done-it" where real live people engage with actors in an improvisational drama with "deadly results." Walkoe's talents as a musician, improvisationalist and radio personality add greatly to his live comedy performances. Appearing with him are fellow headliners Scott Angrave and Nancy Ryan. Shows are at 8:00 (non-smoking) and 10:30 p.m., nightly.

"The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" is one of the best afternoon comedy shows on the strip. A former featured act in "Spellbound," the Dick Foster production that resided at Harrahs Las Vegas for many years, King has set up shop with his one-man-show to the delight of audiences of all ages. King performs Tuesday through Saturday at 1 and 3 pm.

If you want to become part of a comedy show, check out Second City in Bugsy's Celebrity Theater at the Flamingo Las Vegas. Improvisation takes comedians who are thinking fast and funny on their feet. A Second City troupe, with a incredible roster of alumni i.e. Martin Short, Mike Myers and the late John Belishi, has to react to a word, a situation or a thought (all provided by the audience) and turn it into something hilarious. This troupe, as others in Chicago, Toronto and Detroit, does just that.

If that's not enough comedy for you, check out Rita Rudner (New York, New York), Amazing Johnathan (Golden Nugget), Bottoms Up and Second City (Flamingo), Michael Holly (Harrahs), Viva Las Vegas (Stratosphere), Penn & Teller and The Scintas (Rio) 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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