The Strat’s New Comedy Club Brings Laughs

The Kats! As of this writing, the office is Robert Irvine’s Public House at the Tropicana. We’re on Laugh Factory service, catching up Jon Lovitzback for his series of recurring residencies at the Comedy Club.

This is Lovitz’s first Vegas appearance since the death of his friend and stooge Bob Saget, the subject of a barbed wire musical number Lovitz used to close the show. We’ll find out if this piece has been put away or will live on as a tribute.

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A dragon’s lair

The LA Comedy Club’s Dragon Room at the Strat has completed its move into the casino. The relocated club is next to McCall’s Heartland Grill. I checked out the place Saturday night. It’s pretty, great sightlines, sharp images of big names like George Carlin and Richard Pryor in the lobby. Bar near the entrance. Has this scent of new comedy.

The custom-built showroom adds over 100 seats, now at a capacity of 27o. A dedicated curtain can reduce the capacity to 120, depending on the night. Acoustic panels enhance the sound quality.

“With this new space, we had a blank canvas to create the ultimate comedy club for guests and comics to laugh and party at,” LA Comedy Club producer Joaquin Trujillo said in a statement. “We’ve taken the best of all the venues we’ve operated over the years and brought them together to create a place where you can not only see amazing comics happen, but also party with your friends.”

The official opening is February 10, but the club is holding shows now. The club presents three shows every night, at 6 p.m., 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. Touring comedians headline the 8 p.m. shows. The current list is Greg Romero Wilson until Sunday; Chang Monday to February 6; JC Currais from 7 Feb.-Feb. 13; Mike Merryfield from Feb. 14-Feb. 20; Trixx from Monday February 21 to February 21. 27; Willie Frotto Farrell from Feb.-March 28. 6.

Jacques-MichelThe “Redneck Comedy Show” is daily at 6:00 p.m. The daily 10:00 p.m. show features Butch Bradley from Thursday to Monday, and Bret Ernst Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

“Angel” rises

The Broadway-proven writing team of Richard Oberacker and Robert Taylor showcase “Angel of Arkansas” at 2 p.m. Sunday at Notoriety Live. The musical is based on the life of Ruth Cocker burk, whose nickname is the title of the show. The story is set in rural Arkansas in 1986, with Coker’s life turned upside down by the growing AIDS/HIV epidemic. Burks was a caregiver, advocate, activist, pharmacist and undertaker to thousands of young men at the height of the AIDS crisis.

Ruby Lewis, of “Baz” in Light at Mandalay Bay and “Paramour” on Broadway, plays the lead role. Brent Barrette (“Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular” at the Venetian and “Chicago” on Broadway and on tour), Noah Rivera (“Wicked”, “In the Heights”, “Shrek the Musical”, Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons); and Todd Du Bail (“Jersey Boys,” “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” “Grease,” and “Jesus Christ Superstar” lead the stellar cast.

Oberacker and Taylor engineered “Bandstand” in Las Vegas, sending the musical to a run of 166 performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, ending in September 2017. The show won a Tony Award for Andy Blankenbühler choreography.

Oberacker and Taylor also wrote “The Sandman,” which debuted at the Majestic Repertory Theater during the holiday season. Oberacker has performed numbers from “Bruce,” the story behind the movie “Jaws,” at the Composers Showcase in Las Vegas for about three years.

Oberacker, also musical director of “Ka” at the MGM Grand, said, “It’s kind of become a thing to be able to give Las Vegas the first exclusive look at our new work, an insider preview before anyone else. in the country.”

Philharmonic ED output

Las Vegas Philharmonic has ‘separated’ as a press release informs, executive director Anne Berquist, effective immediately. Berquist joined the company in May. No further information available. Spokesperson Michele Madole says the organization plans to release a statement this week.

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Lady Gaga Tribute Artist Tierney Allen visited Joanne Trattoria in Manhattan over the weekend while hosting a private event. Allen had wanted to visit the Germanotta family’s restaurant since it opened in 2012. She left a personal note for Gaga’s father, Jo Germanotta. The tour plays out @VegasLadyGaga, and catch Allen’s number in “Legendary Divas” at the Tropicana, opening Feb. 2.

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