What's so funny about a Gentlemen's Club?
Okay, not just any Gentlemen's Club, but Sapphire which advertises itself as being the world's largest gentlemen's club. The answer is the Sapphire Comedy Hour on Friday nights at 8 p.m. I try to go into any new venue with an open mind, but I admit, I expected dirty, raunchy humor with an abundance of cuss words.
Surprise! This was a typical comedy show with a dose of magic, a lot of laughter, one sexy but tasteful burlesque performance, and a minimum of swear words.
Enter Sapphire and youll find the showroom down just a bit and to the right. Look to your left and you'll no doubt see some women dancing on the poles and an audience of men, some with women dancing on their laps.
Enter the 300 seat room that houses the comedy show and you'll be greeted with loud music, plush comfortable seats and tables and waitresses in scantily clad outfits ready to fill your drink orders. There was a table full of women celebrating the upcoming marriage of one of the ladies. They stayed through the comedy and then the late show which features the guys doing it for the girls. But, I digress. The acoustics are excellent, the stage visible from all seats, and the show – pretty darn good.The Sapphire Comedy Show includes national touring comedians and local talent.
Co-producer Brett Feinstein along with some of the lovely ladies of Sahhire welcomed the patrons, then it was on with the show.
Sean Carlin, the evening's host was high energy with a style I call “in your face”.
"Lefty" The Magician
Leading off was Lefty the Magician(and co-producer of the show) with his polished sleight of hand. I've seen this master illusionist before, most notably as the janitorial magical sidekick to Murray the Magician. He's a good lead as it becomes clear from his performance that this will be an evening with quality presentations. Manny Hein brings his youth to the stage and a sprinkling of the f word which I guess is mandatory in Vegas comedy. He does some pretty funny stuff about being the unplanned child born to a senior citizen.
Award winning magician Mon Dre followed with more sleight of hand, appearing and disappearing birds,balls, and fire, and finally -- nope not the white rabbit pulled from the hat – but a white cat!
Then there was Justin Bishop who is legally blind and finds the comedy in his limited vision as well as in Asians, body hair, condoms, and red necks (You know you're red neck poor when you have everything you want and nothing you need.)
I naturally expected more comedy next and then out comes the reincarnation of Jessica from the movie “Who Killed Roger Rabbit” in the form of the lovely Kalani Kokonuts. She provided stunning and tasteful burlesque.
Then it was time for the headliner- Geechy Guy. This fellow is in the Guiness Book of Records for the most jokes told in an hour – 676. He throws em out pretty fast. It's up to the audience members to catch em before they go by. Some of his humor is of the delayed reaction type. After all, he tells us, he is the winner of the 2016 Psychic of the Year Award. 10, 9, 8, 7, get it yet?
Phil Peredo and Dianne Davis
Photo by Burt Davis
I checked in with Phil Peredo,who co-produces the show, along with on-stage talen tco-producer Doug “Lefty” Leferovich andco-producer/director Brett Feinstein. Was this line up typical? Yes, he told me that in addition to Sean who is the regular host, there are generally four comedians and three to four variety acts each week for a total of seven or eight acts. By the way, the “Sapphire Comedy Hour” actually ran a little longer than an hour. After the show, take a minute to meet the performers in the Showroom. I did.
If what you'd like is laughter, you'll find it at the Sapphire Comedy Hour on Friday nights. And if you are hungry, check out the short order menu with a variety of $10 items including sliders, turkey, beef, or veggie burgers, and breakfast burritos. I ordered the burger. It was one of the best I've ever had. Well worth the cost.
Doors open at 8:00 p.m. and the show begins at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $40 which includes a complimentary limo from the strip. Tickets can be purchased in advance at www.sapphirelasvegas.com or at the door. Sapphire Gentlemen's Club is located at 3025 South Industrial Road. Check them out at www.sapphirelasvegas.com or call 702 869-0003.
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