It’s a weekend of true LOL comedy on the Las Vegas Strip, but despite some of the biggest names in the business of funny, their jokes and standup routines might be overshadowed by Naya Rivera. Jay Leno, Drew Carey, David Spade and Gilbert Gottfried have been around for years, while Naya is a newcomer. Who is she, you ask?
Naya is popular Cheerios cheerleader Santana on the hit and award-winning Fox series Glee, and the news that she’s bringing a gaggle of her Gleemates to town makes this visit something to sing about, as she celebrates her birthday at The Bank at the Bellagio on Saturday after dining at Chef Akira Back’s Yellowtail.
Here’s the comedy lineup -- and the highpoints of the weekend A&E scene for the next three days in our Royal Robin Rundown:
Friday, Jan. 21
*Funnyman David Spade brings his sardonic and sarcastic styling of humor to The Venetian for two nights.
*Who knows what will happen when comedian and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey leads the Improv-a-Ganza for two nights at MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theater -- be sure to read our esteemed Editor Don Chareunsy’s recent interview with the slimmed-down, trimmed-down star.
*Gilbert Gottfried continues to screech and scream his comedy for the next two weeks at the Las Vegas Hilton.
There also are great and interesting music choices this weekend:
*Singer Jon Secada, long absent from Las Vegas, continues to woo and wow the ladies tonight and tomorrow at the Tropicana.
*Weezer, led by Rivers Cuomo on guitar and vocals, with special guest and hometown heroes Imagine Dragons, is at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel.
*Travel back to when The Beatles won global attention on their The Ed Sullivan Show debut with The Fab at the Cannery.
*RX Bandits with Fake Problems and Native raise the roof at Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip.
*Social Distortion, Lucero and Chuck Ragan are at House of Blues at Mandalay Bay through tomorrow.
*Which one’s Pink? I can’t answer that question, but I know it’s the Pink Floyd tribute band and not the real Brits at the Hilton for two nights.
Saturday, Jan. 22
Let’s start with the comedians again:
*Jay Leno leaves his Burbank TV studio desk for the bare stage and microphone at The Mirage with his up-to-the minute topical routine.
*The first lady of comedy Paula Poundstone will rule with her wit and wisdom at The Orleans.
Plus more music choices:
*Hometown song queen Gladys Knight takes her Motown hits on a 25-minute drive down I-15 South to Star of the Desert Arena in Primm.
*Heavy metal rage rules at The Joint with Buckcherry, Hellyeah, Damned Things and All That Remains.
*Rob Garrett is the uncanny lookalike and soundalike Neil Diamond in his tribute show at the Cannery, while Trent Carlini continues his homage to Elvis Presley at the Hilton.
Glee star Naya Rivera is at The Bank with her Gleemates for her birthday celebration, and you can bet they’ll be singing and celebrating in harmony. My Playboy Radio gal pal Andrea Lowell celebrates her birthday at Eva Longoria’s Eve at MGM CityCenter's Crystals, and you can be sure she’ll look over-the-top sexy glam, just as she normally does. And for something off the beaten path: Las Vegas Weekly Editor Sarah Feldberg and friends host the Wigs and Whiskers party with music by Bad Bromance at The Arts Factory downtown. It’s free, and hair-inspired costumes are highly recommended.
Sunday, Jan. 23
*The rock weekend wraps up with The Wailers, Tomorrow’s Bad Seeds and Duane Stephenson at House of Blues.
Be sure to check back right here at VegasDeLuxe.com on Monday for our weekend celebrity recap!
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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