Michael Jackson’s death has caused Las Vegas impressionists and comedians to scurry and quickly alter their acts, turning satirical scenes into sincere tributes.
Mirage headliner Terry Fator said he would cut a segment where he dresses up as Jackson and asks a cowboy puppet named Walter for country music lessons, where the cowboy is a little wary of the superstar.
Golden Nugget headliner Gordie Brown is changing his Jackson impression of the “Billie Jean” song that has a parody of jokes about the singer having body parts fall off after too much plastic surgery.
“American Superstars,” which features Frederick Henry performing at the Stratosphere, is looking for a way to pay a serious tribute to Jackson.
Carrot Top’s publicist, Steve Flynn, said the Luxor comedian’s crew has already started editing the show-closing rock sequence which features Jackson’s music. The comedian has removed all jokes that made fun of Jackson, but kept in a moment where he strikes a Jackson pose in front of an industrial fan, repositioning it as a tribute.
Still no answer is forthcoming on the reasons for the death of Las Vegas iconic entertainer Danny Gans, who died suddenly and unexpectedly at the age of 52 in his Henderson, Nevada home on May 1.
Although “all the initial information is in,” says Clark County Cororner Michael Murphy, referring to toxicology reports submitted to medical examiners, “it’s not available for release, and we’re still poring over the information.” He added that they have “gathered what we believe is all the critical information, and we anticipate an answer within the next couple of weeks,” but said it could take longer.
Murphy declined to speculate about possible findings. Gans’ family members have said he was on medication to control high blood pressure, but otherwise had no health issues as far as they knew.
According to Chip Lightman, Gans’ manager, the night before Gans died, the entertainer slept poorly.
A memorial service for Gans was held May 21 at the Wynn Encore, where Gans had performed. Those in attendance included his wife and his three children, Amy, Andrew and Emily, and Donny and Marie Osmond, Steve and Elaine Wynn, Clint Holmes, Rita Rudner, Criss Angel, Carrot Top, George Wallace, and former Nevada Governor Bob Miller.
In the depression of the 1930s, soup kitchens and breadlines were the primary sources of nutrition for a large portion of the country. Now, in the recession of 2009, organizations like Three Square in Las Vegas are serving as disbursement hubs for donated foods and trying to keep meals on the tables of lower to middle class families in Southern Nevada.
To support Three Square, local Las Vegas chefs and entertainers will be participating in DISH Las Vegas – a first time fundraiser at the Las Vegas Springs Preserve on April 3.
Planned to participate will be Chef Kerry Simon, Chef Rick Moonen, Chef Peter Sherlock, Chef Rock of Hell’s Kitchen, Carrot Top, George Wallace, Clint Holmes, Louie Anderson, Susan Anton and UFC Fighters.
The one-day event will include an art exhibit of personally designed plates, exceptional food, wine and musical entertainment.
Unlike Britney Spears, most of us can’t afford the Hugh Hefner suite at the Palms Casino & Resort. When we travel to Las Vegas we’re looking for room deals at Priceline.com , Travelocity, and other online merchants. However, the current economic conditions have caused many four- and five-star hotels in Las Vegas to offer deals – steals – that are well worth the cost of many flights.
Trump Hotel in Las Vegas – one of the newest and most luxurious hotels here – has just announced that they are offering rooms as low as $89 per night, with no minimum stay. When booking, just ask for their “Suite Escape” and you’ll get to stay in a Studio Suite. If the gold “T” on your door doesn’t impress you, perhaps the 500-thread count sheets and floor-to-ceiling 14 carrot gold-gilded windows will. Spending time at the spa is also not as expensive as it was just 30 days ago. Depending on the package you select, you could get up to a $50 spa credit for any of their services offered.
And since you’ll be in Las Vegas anyway (here’s hoping), why not consider booking a reservation to see Carrot Top perform at the Luxor? Book online and take advantage of a 20% discount on show tickets or call the Luxor at 702-262-4000 and arrange for a dinner and show for less than $100 per person. (Yes, you read that right.)
Talk about going to Vegas on the cheap. . .