Count one more event as a victim of the weakened economy. After four years of bringing laughs and more laughs ad finitum to Las Vegas, The Comedy Festival at Caesars Palace will be “taking the year off.”
Since the 2005 kick off of the hugely popular Las Vegas Comedy Festival, comedians including Dane Cook, right, Ellen DeGeneres, Dave Chappelle and many more have brought marquis value to festival tickets. But the profit vs. cost profile and dipping economy imperatives have led TBS and AEG to opt out of the event, at least for 2009.
In its media release TBS stated: “This year, because of the uncertain economic climate, TBS has decided not to stage The Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. TBS remains committed to the festival business, however. We plan to be back in Las Vegas in the near future.”
Caesar’s stage will not be going dark, by any stretch of the imagination. Current Coliseum draw Cher will be performing during the festival’s normal November weekend. And those comedy fans that just can’t wait a year to return to Las Vegas for their comedy fix can consider heading to Chicago, Illinois for the TBS sponsored “Just for Laughs” festival in June 2010.
Grammy nominated comic, author, and producer Judy Tenuta, named the best female comedian at the American Comedy Awards and star of her own many specials on HBO, Showtime, and Lifetime is now gracing the Harmon Theatre stage in Las Vegas with her unequalled ribald humor this Sunday at 8:30 p.m.
Times are tough, but you wouldn’t know it by watching the insulting Boston comic Vinnie Favorito throw down a torrent of smack and pack ’em in nightly at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.
Although we’re all perhaps feeling a little down on ourselves right now, Favorito has refined his ethnic humor to fit our blended and ever evolving society. He has his black jokes and his Mexican jokes, but when he finds a couple in the audience with of each he asks, “When something’s missing, who do you blame?”
Why is Favorito’s style so popular? It’s hard to know for certain, but maybe there’s an undercurrent of nostalgia for the simpler era of chop-busting.
Or perhaps it’s because we have moved so far past those simple definining lines in the real world, and it’s now just harmlessly ridiculous when Favorito acts mock-astonished that a Mexican couple has no children.
Either way, there is something direct and kinetic about a guy that keeps you on the edge of your seat, wondering if you’ll be the next victim.
Vinnie Favorito carries on the Don Rickles torch daily at 8 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturdays at the Flamingo in Las Vegas.