Just three years ago Terry Fator was giving a performance at a fair near Houston, Texas to an audience of one. He considered walking away from show business but made a fateful decision to audition one more time and after winning the second season of America’s Got Talent, Fator has stopped wondering whether he’s in the right profession.
Fator has signed a five-year contract to perform nightly at The Mirage Casino and Resort in Las Vegas. He is replacing Danny Gans, who has moved to Steve Wynn’s Encore, and will be presenting his show at the Terry Fator Theatre.
But if the ventriloquist act isn’t exactly what you’re looking for, take a look at the artists who are working the room on the nights that Winston the Impersonating Turtle is taking a break. Ray Ramono and Brad Garrett, Ron White and Lewis Black will all give it a whirl in the Terry Fator Theatre in 2009.
Don’t count out the entertainment value of a night with Fator and company: “I look at myself as a talk show host and the characters are my guests,” says Fator. “I can guarantee anyone who comes to my show, within a second or two, will feel that the puppet is the real entity.”
When I was a kid, my brothers and I would spend hours each week hanging on the fence at the sand pit. I couldn’t tell you what those bull dozers and earth excavators were doing – it wasn’t a proper rock quarry or even a real sand pit – but we would race around the bend, following those machines around that acre-wide hole in the ground, super impressed with the big loads, loud noise and heavy hauling. Those drivers were our rock stars.
Now there’s a new company in Henderson, Nevada that has made a bet that there are plenty of similar people who have never lost their childhood fascination and attraction to ‘dozers and Cat’s. Big Dig Las Vegas is offering even the most novice of equipment operators – no experience required – the chance to get behind the controls of one or more real earth movers. They will pick-up visitors at their hotels and wisk them to their 10-acre ‘playground’ for a day of car-smashing and earth-moving fun like no other. You’ll hear the metal-gnawing machine groan with each bite and the earth shake with each excruciatingly juicy grab-and-drop.
Some restrictions apply – you have to be 18 and sober to participate. But as long as you meet those criteria you can select from the Dozer Adventure, Agression Session or Hard Core Challenge (maybe that allows you to rain destruction down on one of the half-finished casinos?) and you could just get your agresssions out and spend part of your family reunion enjoying the most healthy and legal form of destruction that the Las Vegas Valley has to offer.
Mariah Carey and husband Nick Cannon will be literally rolling the dice for their one-year-anniversary with a lavish celebration in Las Vegas.
The Glitter star stunned fans last year when she married hip-hop star Cannon in a private ceremony in the Bahamas on April 30.
A year later, the duo is still going strong and are planning their one-year anniversary party in Sin City at the end of April, it’s claimed.
The celebrations will reportedly begin at 11 p.m, on April 30 and go on until the early hours of the morning at the Palms’ Moon nightclub in Las Vegas.
Mariah’s marriage to Nick was her second time – she split from recording-industry mogul Tommy Mottola in 1998, after five years together.
Dust off your Halloween costumes and empty your trick-or-treat bags – Blush Boutique Nightclub in the Wynn Las Vegas is hosting it’s first “Halfway to Halloween” party on April 28.
A $2,500 prize will be awarded to the lady dressed in the hottest costume. Las Vegas ladies and all service industry professionals will be able to get in free and the doors open at 9 p.m.
But be sure to dress in your wildest attire because costumes are mandatory.
Actress Kelly Monaco found herself at the centre of a terrifying burglary in Las Vegas after an intruder broke into her hotel room while she was sleeping.
The former General Hospital star is in Sin City performing in the saucy revue Peepshow alongside ex-Spice Girl Mel B (Melanie Brown).
But her stay in the gambling Mecca turned disgustingly sour when she woke up in the early hours last Thursday morning to hear an intruder burst into her penthouse suite at the Planet Hollywood resort.
Monaco reportedly hid under her bed during the incident, and when she emerged she found the suite’s living room had been burglarized. The star filed a report with police, and the perp was quickly caught later on Thursday, but detectives have failed to confirm what was stolen, according to TMZ.com.
Monaco has since increased her security by hiring bodyguards to protect her for the rest of her acting stint in Las Vegas.
Las Vegas-based Opportunity Village is teaming with Hard Rock Cafe in Las Vegas to create the city’s largest gin-based martini, The Opportunitini. The unveiling event is Tuesday, April 28, at 6 p.m. in front of Hard Rock Cafe’s signature guitar in Las Vegas at 4475 Paradise Road.
Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman will be on-hand with his bevy of Vegas showgirls and world-class entertainment to ceremoniously top off the 20-gallon martini that will then be served to guests at the ceremony.
The Opportunitini is the brainchild of mixologists at Las Vegas’ Hard Rock Cafe and will be placed on their menu for the entire summer. Proceeds from the sales of the drink will benefit the men and women at Opportunity Village, which is celebrating its 55th year of providing vocational training, social skills, job training and placement and opportunities to people with intellectual disabilities in Las Vegas.
“We are very excited about partnering with the Hard Rock Cafe to unveil The Opportunitini,” says Linda Smith, Chief Development Officer at Opportunity Village. “The record-breaking attempt promises to be an exciting event and the drink will be the perfect adult thirst quencher during those hot summer months.”
If the Tweets on Twitter are to be believed, the sixth season of Bravo TV’s Top Chef has reportedly begun filming on location in Las Vegas. And apparently Los Angeles Times reporters are believers too, saying that filming for Season Six will begin today.
Las Vegas has already been an integral part of Top Chef history. The Season One finale took place at the MGM Grand and most of the season’s shows have found Las Vegas chef’s represented in the kitchen including Season One runner up Tiffani Faison, Season Two runner up Marcel Vigneron, Season Three winner Hung Huynh, and Season Five chef Eugene “Gene” Villiatora.
Althought the host site has not been officially named, the newly opened M Resort in Henderson, Nevada is rumored to be the site of the chef-on-chef competition.
Other reports have Top Chef filming in Seattle, Washington. However, it’s possible that both stories are true. Bravo TV has announced both a “Top Chef Junior” and “Top Chef Master” series – spin-offs of the original TV show that targets a different caliber of culinary king and viewer.
“Top Chef Master” will begin airing June 10 and will feature 24 prominent Las Vegas chefs, including Hubert Keller, Rick Moonen, Roy Yamaguchi and Ludo Lefebvre.
Keller has Fleur de Lys restaurants in San Francisco, his home, and at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas; Moonen co-owns rick Moonen’s RM Seafood at Mandalay Bay; Yamaguchi has two Roy’s Restaurants in Las Vegas and Lefebvre recently left Lavo at The Palazzo in Las Vegas to open Ludo Bites in Los Angeles.
Stay tuned to Las Vegas Backstage Access for more Top Chef details.