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Comedy prices

Discussion in 'Shows & Entertainment' started by dewey089, May 31, 2013.

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  1. dewey089

    dewey089 Guru of Value

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    I took umbrage at the lack of transparency in the Groupon I bought for Sin City Comedy and tossed this complaint into a few conversations.

    http://www.blogger.com/blogger.g?blogID=22639031#editor/target=post;postID=8547354645949375047;onPublishedMenu=allposts;onClosedMenu=allposts;postNum=15;src=link

    Groupon now puts the requirement of buying one drink in the fine print of the offer. Perhaps protesting helped.

    Because drink prices were so high, for Wild Bill and the poker boys and I the one drink minimum added $31 to the cost of our evening at Sin City. So maybe it would be good to share Comedy prices.

    I bought a Groupon for the LA Comedy at Bally's. The cost was less and the comics are drawn from the same pool as far as I can tell. Without the drink requirement, LA Comedy would be a good value.
    Sin City does provide of bit of soft burlesque.
    Big Al's at the Orleans is generally a good value. There are 2 for 1 in the American Casino Guide and sometimes promo coupons for hotel guests.
    The American Casino Guide still offers 2 free tickets to the Riviera comedy show.

    I have not seen the new acts downtown. Anyone seen them? The old ones there are still pretty cheap and at the Four Queens seeing one often resulted in a coupon when going out the door to see another at a discount.

    There are some comics often at the Toast of the Town free show at Sam's Town. They do not do the raw in your face F bomb comedy, as the show is pretty family friendly, but I thought two in particular were very good and sometimes when the joke does not depend on one overused expletive, they are better written. This last trip there was one fellow there who was dry and witty almost with a Steven Wright presentation. I liked him. But that show is a just whoever they book for that week. Some are wonderful. Others are a bit second rate.

    I saw the Red Skelton show at the Westin This is like going back into the 50's and being part of that audience. The jokes are authentic comedy from that period of time in Brian Hoffman's attempt to be for the most part accurate to Red's material. I had a good time interviewing Brian Hoffman before the show. I was early, but Wild Bill was running late and I was waiting for him before buying the 2 for 1. The show folks said if he did not show, they would let me use the American Casino Guide 2 for 1 for half price, a rare offer for shows, so solo travelers might like to at least ask about this. That theater was very, very comfortable. The show was underattended, but most of us who remember Red Skelton have died.


    I reviewed that one here:

    http://vegasbirthdaybash.blogspot.com/2013/05/tr-snippet-red-skelton.html
     
  2. ValerieJo

    ValerieJo Low-Roller

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    Hi Dewey,

    I'm sorry if I'm not understanding your post. You mentioned some possible comedy acts at Toast of the Town in Sam's Town. Is Toast of the Town one of their venues? I looked under the Entertainment section of the Sam's Town website and did not see Toast of the Town listed. Perhaps a clarification would help me out.

    Thanks for all of your contibutions to the VMB. I always find them most informative and entertaining.
     
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  3. dewey089

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    http://lasvegas.broadwayworld.com/article/Variety-Toast-of-the-Town-Begins-at-Sams-Town-Live-624-20100624
    Every Thursday the show runs from 2 PM until about 3:15PM. The only thing that stays the same is the band and the leader of the band, Bill Fayne who acts as a host and who I think recruits most of the acts.

    Each week is different. They draw from second string acts, or acts currently playing that want publicity, or acts that have retired. Bill sometimes seems to recruit from all over. There was a fine woman singer he met in Hawaii and talked into coming to Las Vegas. There is not always a comic, but usually there is one. Most of it is music backed up by the live band.


    Some reviewers call it an Ed Sullivan type of show. I have seen jugglers, bird acts, dog acts.

    The audience is senior citizens. I'm one of the youngest in the audience. The musical focus is geared to the older crowd, musical numbers, swing, big band, popular lounge acts. Think pre rock and roll. Usually there is some sort of a theme.

    Getting there a bit early is a good idea so as to get the better seats. And mind that you don't sit in the far right section reserved for handicapped, giving room for wheel chairs and spacing chairs so sitting low does not mean the old folks can't see.

    I went three times last trip, but I lost my detailed notes of the shows from this past trip, and so my write ups are not too detailed because I remember next to nothing. Sometimes the show is wonderful. Sometimes it is less than wonderful.

    However, you can get ideas of what you might like to see in Vegas. I first heard one of the singers from Shades of Sinatra there in one of the shows and after seeing and hearing him was determined to see that show, and not disappointed either.

    It is free. You swipe your B Connected card and get a ticket from any kiosk. That ticket is also put in a drum and they draw those for prizes before the show starts, including some fine leather handbags from a shop that donates for promotional purposes. I never won anything, but I'd love to bring one of those home to my wife.

    The Toast of the Town Theater is located to the left of the movie theater in Sam's Town. It only runs on Thursdays.
     
  4. keno60

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    Dewey, do you think my 25 year old son would like the Red Skelton show?
     
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