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Laughter Is The Best Medicine
September 25-October 2, 2002 ARCHIVES
"Laughter Is The Best Medicine" Covers The Vegas Comedy Scene Weekly


by Florence Troutman
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Alan King is set to perform Friday at Texas Station Gambling Hall & Hotel's Dallas Events Center. King is more than a comedian. He's an actor, producer, writer, author, fashion entrepreneur and pro tennis organizer. He's been performing forever; he dropped out of high school and began to tell jokes in small clubs in The Bronx for a dollar per night. He eventually attained stardom as the "first-act closer" for Judy Garland's 1956 show at the Palace Theater and has since appeared in 19 major films, including "Casino" and "Night and the City." He has written several best-selling books including "The Life & Lies of Alan King," "Name-Dropping" and "Help." King's "academic" pursuits include "The College of Comedy," three installments for the PBS series, Great Performances, which included the many facets of comedy and the essence of comedy as both art and a reflection of life. Producer, Tom Werts described King as "a student of comedy and comedy history and is one of the last remaining links to the past." He's a true classic!

Bobby Collins wraps a proverbial arm around his audience's shoulder and brings them in as if they were old friends. His striking brand of emotional and physical humor focuses on monologues derived from the experiences of everyday life, spotlighting family and friends, while usually ending with himself as the punch line. The New York Times has called Collins "the most natural comedian working today" while The New York Post said that "he is perfect fusion of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis." Collins is appearing at the Suncoast Hotel Saturday and Sunday.

According to the media advisory New York, New York sent out, "BOO!" is a spooky, funny collection of short sketches and songs build around a talented cast of energetic, improvisational actors from LA. "If the story of a man who picked up his loaded revolver in the middle of the night because he thought it was his ringing phone and blew his head off answering his gun makes you laugh guiltily, then this show is for you," continues the advisory. Let's check it out!

Joe Yannetty is headlining at The Comedy Stop at the Tropicana with fellow comedy headliners Billy Garan and Glen Jensen. Yannetty has the ability to "work the crowd' without degrading the people who are paying to see him perform. Whether it's with prepared material or off the cuff, this writer, actor, and stand-up comedian is guaranteed to leave audiences laughing, feeling great and wanting more.

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!

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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