Laughter Is The Best Medicine
August 22-28, 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 incomparable Sinbad is holding court at Paris August 22 through 25. One of America's most recognized comedians, he relives moments of his life as he remembers them. He never tells jokes... "I don't know any," he admits. Instead, he stalks the stage telling his stories. Sinbad doesn't deliver punch lines he slam-dunks them! Selling out stand-up shows throughout the country, he has gone from being one of America's most favorite and funny comedians to starring in television shows and major motion pictures. Sinbad's show is clean, animated, hilariously funny and for all ages. Bring the family!

The Smothers Brothers continue 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!"

"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.

Penn and Teller are appearing at 8:30 pm, in the Samba Theater at the Rio all-Suite Hotel & Casino through August 31st. The eccentric pair of comedy / magicians have been performing their hilarious brand of humor since 1975. With flying knives, jagged bottles, snipping scissors and a chopper, Penn and Teller perform tricks that are puzzles, if not mysteries. This unique partnership which serves as Visiting Scholars at MIT and lectures at the Smithsonian Institute and Oxford University, offer a show filled with dedicated showmanship as well as an intriguing intellectual challenge to audiences of all ages. Penn and Teller were named two of the funniest people alive in Entertainment Weekly's "50 Greatest Comedians Today," and should not be missed!

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!

If that's not enough comedy for you, check out Rita Rudner (New York, New York), Michael Holly (Harrahs), 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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