Laughter Is The Best Medicine
September 12-18, 2002 ARCHIVES
"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" Covers The Vegas Comedy Scene Weekly


by Florence Troutman
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In celebration of Mexican Independence Day, Latino laugh-master Paul Rodriguez will perform at the Las Vegas Hilton Sept. 13-15. He will be joined by the Crown Royal Comedy Jam, featuring Joey Medina, Marilyn Martinez and Alex Reymundo. Fresh off his co-starring role with Clint Eastwood in the film "Blood Work," Rodriguez' ability to combine comedy with elements of drama makes him one of the most sought after actors in the film industry today. Rodriguez has appeared in more than 30 films and countless television shows. He also has starred in six HBO comedy specials including "Loco Slam," "Live in San Quentin" and most recently "Idiots and Armadillos," which he wrote and produced. Live stand-up comedy is where he comes from and always returns to the delight of audiences from all walks of life.

Two more Latino comedy celebrants of are George Lopez, who is appearing at Paris Las Vegas, Friday through Sunday and Mike Robles appearing at the Aladdin Theatre on Friday. Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC network and Warner Brothers Television produced sitcom, "George Lopez," which has been renewed following an impressive mid-season debut this spring. Lopez, a multi-faceted talent who performs on stage, film and television, earned kudos for his performance in the HBO drama, "Real Women Have Curves." He also co-stars in the Paramount Pictures comedy concert film, "Latin Kings of Comedy," to be released in theatres this fall.

Comic / juggler Wally Eastwood nailed it on the head when he said, "Here I am, a Latino, singing 'God Bless America' in a French revue, in a tropical-themed resort, in the middle of the desert, across the street from a castle and a pyramid!" Eastwood, guest-starring in "Folies Bergere" at the Tropicana, may be a juggler by trade, but he also has the knack for the kind of in-your-face humor all audiences love.

Andrew "Dice" Clay, best known for turning his oral graffiti into a profitable comedic art form, is at the Stardust Hotel in the Wayne Newton Theatre through Saturday. Verbal fireworks are the order of the evening as he assaults the boundaries of word usage and good taste. Once the initial shock wears off, the laughter remains. "Dice" is not for the faint of heart, but rather those who have an open mind and want to laugh out loud!

Comedy / magician Mac King presents "The Mac King Comedy Magic Show" at Harrah's Las Vegas Casino & Hotel, at 1:00 and 3:00 pm. King's unique act contains an unusual combination of quirky humor, visual gags and amazing sleight of hand. He offers serious magic, delivered in a hilarious, tongue-in-cheek manner. Bring the whole family, you won't be sorry!

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), The Scintas (Rio), Viva Las Vegas (Stratosphere), Second City (Flamingo) 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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