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Bobby Slayton, The Pitbull of Comedy, is Featured at Paris Casino Appearing through April 28th
I have some favorites among the performers who do now or have played Vegas. One of them is the "Pitbull of Comedy" Bobby Slayton.
Glad to say Bobby will be in town this week, performing in the Napoleon Lounge at Paris through Saturday, April 28th at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Following a residency at Hooters, Bobby left Vegas to give the rest of the country a chance to be challenged and insulted by the equal opportunity offender.
This show is not for the faint of heart. Be aware, the language is raw. Bobby may pick on you if you are black. Then again he may pick on you because you are Caucasian, Asian, Catholic, Jewish, gay, straight. Basically, if you are there, you are fair game. If you don't want to be the brunt of his take-no-prisoners humor, then stay as far away as possible, like across town perhaps. But if you love the politically incorrect hilarious form of comedy then grab a ticket to see this master at work.
This is no here today, gone tomorrow performer. Bobby's been in the game for over 20 years and is one of the most respected and energetic comics working today. His one hour Showtime Special, Born To Be Bobby, will be out on DVD on April 27. He's also had scene-stealing roles in movies including Get Shorty, Ed Wood, Bandits, and Dreamgirls. He's been on dozens of TV shows including the Tonight Show and Politically Incorrect. No surprise there. He was a series regular on the HBO series Mind of a Married Man, and played Joey Bishop opposite Ray Liotta and Joe Mantegna in the critically acclaimed film The Rat Pack.
Blah blah blah with the credentials. Just go see Bobby because he is f***ing funny. Tickets start at $39.99.
Mike Tyson Enters a New Ring and Wins the Decision with "Mike Tyson The Undisputed Truth"
Mike Tyson The Undisputed Truth.... Would people pay to see this retired boxer talk, talk, talk? Would we understand the guy who seems to slur his words a bit? Would we tell friends that it was worth going to see and hear the retired fighter with a tattoo on his face? Yes, yes, and yes.
I'm not saying it was a knockout in the first round, but I believe the referees would have declared Tyson the winner by a decision. Beyond that, he gave us an opportunity to declare him an okay guy today. Sure he has a tarnished history complete with allegations proven and unproven. He addressed many of them in this more than two hour two show produced and created by Adam Steck, CEO and President of SPI Entertainment.
Mike Tyson was quite personable when my husband Burt and I met him following the show.
Steck told me back in 2011 that something big was coming and he wasn't kidding. Tyson filled the 740 seat Hollywood theater at MGM during his six day run and clearly the trial balloon rose high. No question, we'll be seeing this show elsewhere this year. So you want to know what he said and did? He talked. “Thank you for coming out tonight.... I don't know what the hell I'm doing here.” He said. “Everything's come around for me, but I'm the m-f that broke out,” he told us.
While we know the show was scripted by Tyson's wife Kiki and Randy Johnson, Tyson managed a pretty good conversational tone as he took us on a journey through his life, starting with his birth to mother Lorna May Tyson and the man he believed to have been his father, a pimp. He was a kid in a bad neighborhood. His mother drank a lot he said, “to cover the pain.” Tyson told it like it was. No surprise when he said, “I grew up in the gutter.” By 12, he'd been arrested 20 times. And to kids from his neighborhood, the lock up together was like their summer camp.
Tyson knew he wanted out. Enter Bobby Stuart, his trainer. “If you stay out of trouble” he told him, he would help him. And Tyson did what was asked. Enter Cus D'Amato who he calls his mentor. I know, you didn't expect Tyson to know words like that. Maybe he did or maybe it was his script writers, but he delivers his lines naturally, creating the feeling that you are sitting with him in his living room as he shares his story with you. I'm not going to tell you his story. You can read it. Or you can keep your eyes open to find out where he'll be appearing this year. Buy a ticket and be there as Mike talks about facing his demons and feeling like a fish out of water.
There's pathos as he tells us that, “I never remembered my mother telling me that she loved me.” There's brutal honesty as he says that he didn't commit the rape that sent him to jail and that Don King hired a tax attorney to defend him. But he admits that he did a lot of other things that were worthy of a jail sentence. He told the attentive audience that, “I became a pleasure junkie” and says, “You know I ain't making this s**t up, right. I'm not a comedian. This is real stuff.... I'm just the dumbist son of a b**** I ever knew.
But rest assured, there is humor woven through the evening as well. The show focuses on Mike Tyson the person more than Mike Tyson the fighter. That worked for me. I'm not a big fight fan, but I was drawn into the story of a man who lived the American dream, coming from the slums to being known world wide, going to jail, having good advice and bad advice. He describes rehab as, “The best thing that ever happened to me and tells us that “I have some tools for living now.” He talks about coming out the other end with a wife and kids that he clearly values. It would seem that Mike Tyson may have a whole new career as a performer outside the ring - on the stage. Mike Tyson on Broadway? Could happen. Go figure.
Broadway Bares Las Vegas Baresque Shined it's Midnight Light on Vegas
It was hot, steamy, sexy, entertaining, and an evening that brought people together. The audience was filled with a combination of tourists, locals, and entertainers. Those not on stage were there to support their castmates. The occasion was the third annual Broadway Bares aptly named Baresque and taking place in Las Vegas on April 15 in the Chi Showroom at Planet Hollywood beginning a minute before midnight.
Broadway Bares may have originated in New York, but it is a natural for Las Vegas, especially when many of the cast members of this once a year production come very close to being au natural. The production is a fund raiser for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Ari Lankin displayed the piece of art work which he created during the show. In addition to Lankin, Artists Borbay and Paul Zepeda flew in from New York to create artwork which they also donated for auction. Penny conducted the auction.
This year's production in Las Vegas raised more than $30,000 for the organization through tickets sales, an art auction during the production, and fund raising on line and through participants.
The show consisted of 15 sexually charged dancing/singing numbers performed by a variety of entertainers working in Las Vegas. Although officially there was no frontal nudity, many of the performers got their clothes down to mostly nothing---it is called Broadway Bares.
Emcee’s for the evening were Absinthe’s The Gazillionaire and his assistant Penny Pibbets. I had seen this duo in action on several occasions and they were up to their normal hilarious standards this evening. Penny played the role of the ditsy assistant to perfection, even falling off the stage during one number.
Josh Strickland of Peep Show, pictured, and Angel Porrino took part in the show.
Most of the numbers were sexy and well choreographed. There were a few I especially enjoyed. “Strange Fruit” was choregraphed by Tara Palsha, the lead dancer of “VEGAS! The Show” and consisted of an erotic dance routine with Jonah Wilkins, lead dancer from Jubilee.
“Whatever Lola Wants” featured singer Skye Dee Miles, dressed in fish netting and pasties-really cool. Skyle has so much talent.
Angel Porrino performed part of the bathtub scene from Peep Show in her well, pretty much her bathtub clothes.
The show finished with a finale and the entire cast on stage accepting further charitable donations. Dollars, fives, tens, and twenties were given into baskets or slotted into skimpy costumes. Hey, it all went to charity. This is my second year of seeing this show and I consider it a must see. It's a whole different look at LV performers. For more information or to make a donation check out www.broadwaycares.org or www.broadwaybares.com.
Cast members from "Dancing With The Stars" show at the Tropicana were on hand to support the cause.