The Make a Wish Foundation of Nevada, and the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Hotel, have teamed up for a very special evening of Comedy, starring headliner, Max Amini on Saturday, May 3, at 6:30 p.m.Amini, and his co-stars, Tom Clark, and Robbie Pickard, will be donating their performances, and the Laugh Factory is donating 100 percent of the door, to make “Vinnie’s Wish,” come true. Vinnie is a sick little boy who needs a swimming pool in his back yard. Max, and his co-stars, perform at the Tropicana Monday, April 28—May 4, with regular shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.
Amini was born in Tucson, Arizona, to Iranian parents. In 2004, Max graduated from UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television, and immediately began working as an actor. He has more than 50 film and television credits, including NBC’s ”Heroes,” and regular appearances on Comedy Central’s, “Mind of Mencia,” and a leading role in the upcoming feature film, “Beyond Paradise.” Amini began his stand-up comedy career at the World Famous Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, and quickly built a reputation as one of the fastest rising comedians on the comedy circuit.Clark is the boy next door… that is, if you lived next door to an insane asylum. Whether it’s his off-kilter observations, knack for spontaneous crowd interaction, or his unusual physical comedy, Clark’s act has a little something for everyone. Tom has appeared on CBS’s “The Late Late Show,” NBC’s “‘Last Comic Standing,” and Comedy Central’s “Premium Blend.” He appeared as a murderer on the highly rated TNT series, “Closer,” starring Kyra Sedgwick. Clark was featured in the Hallmark movie, “The Wish List,” and in the Drew Barrymore directed movie, “Big Miracle.”
Robbie Pickard, the host this week, delivers his very tightly written material in what you would call, “a-laid-back delivery.” His performances have been winning over audiences across the country, and he has become a regular performer at, “The Improv,” “Laugh Factory,” and “Comedy Store,” in Hollywood.
For further information about “Vinnie’s Wish,” please go to: http://friends.wish.org/083-
Tickets for the special show and all regular Laugh Factory performances are $39.95 and $49.95. For reservations please call 702-739-2411.
The Mob Museum, The National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, and The Smith Center for the Performing Arts are offering a combination ticket packaging admission to the Museum and entrance to “A Bronx Tale,” starring Chazz Palminteri. The ticket is priced at $49.35 and is valid for the Tuesday, May 13 performance of “A Bronx
Tale” at The Smith Center and one admission to The Mob Museum anytime between the sale date and Dec. 31, 2014.
The package cost represents a savings of as much as 20 percent compared to tickets purchased separately.
“A Bronx Tale” is a classic coming-of-age story brought to life in the original one-man show, written and performed by Palminteri. It tells the story of Calogero Anello, a young boy from a working-class family who gets involved in the world of organized crime. Calogero’s father
is a bus driver who tries to instill working-class family values in his son. As Calogero gets older, the aura and mystique of the Mafia and the charms of Sonny, the local Mob boss who befriends Calogero (and ends up becoming a father figure to him), become difficult to
resist. As Calogero comes of age, he must struggle with the choice of following his beloved father’s values or submitting to the temptations of the life of organized crime.
In addition to writing and starring in “A Bronx Tale,” Palminteri is well-known for his roles in movies such as “The Usual Suspects,” “Bullets Over Broadway,” for which he earned an Academy Award nomination, and nearly 50 other films, as well as for writing screenplays and directing. He received the 1996 Leadership in Entertainment Award from the Coalition of Italo-American Association, Inc., and was honored by President Clinton with a Special Achievement Award for the Performing Arts from the National Italian American
First Friday Foundation, in partnership with Keep Memory Alive, announces Next Dimension, a free event full of exciting and family-friendly fun on Friday, May 2 from 5 — 10 p.m. Held in conjunction with First FridayLas Vegas and Healthy Indulgence 2014, Next Dimension will be held outdoors of the Keep Memory Alive Events Center (888 W. Bonneville, Las Vegas).
Bollywood dancers and performers from Cirque du Soleil will be mixing with the crowd as they entertain throughout the event while the Dancetronauts keep the crowd on their feet with a dance party and music. Food and refreshments will also be available for purchase.
The highlight of the evening will be two special performances by the world’s largest transformer, Robosaurus. This 30-ton, fire-breathing, transforming T-Rex will transform from a semi-truck to a 40-foot tall metal dinosaur that eats cars for an afternoon snack. Robosaurus performances are slated for 6 and 9 p.m.
“Everyone at First Friday has a stake in making a significant impact in our community and we are always trying to find new and exciting ways to partner with local organizations,” says Joey Vanas, First Friday’s managing partner. “When we were approached by Keep Memory Alive with the chance to do an event of this magnitude we immediately said yes because not only are they helping locally in Las Vegas, but globally through the research they do on brain health in partnership with the Cleveland Clinic.”
Avicii (not performing). VIP tickets are available through www.keepmemoryalive.org All profits from tickets and sponsors go to Keep Memory Alive to continue the amazing work they are doing with the Cleveland Clinic.
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THE IMPROV AT HARRAH’S: APRIL 29– MAY 4
Each week, The Improv showcases three of the funniest and freshest faces in comedy, creating a show that is always unique and definitely funny. The comedians who will perform April 29 — May 4 are:
Rocky Laporte: With his unmistakable accent and his hilarious yet endearing delivery, comedian Rocky Laporte is becoming more well-known every day. LaPorte received a standing ovation for his performance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and has been featured on his own “Comedy Central Presents” special. He also appeared on A&E’s “Evening at the Improv,” VH-1’s “Stand-Up Spotlight,” “Cheers” and his own NBC pilot called “The Rocky LaPorte Show.”
Ron Morey: Ron’s energetic show has earned him a nomination to be on the list of the “Top Five Comics in the Country” by The Entertainment Business Journal. His show includes characters, music and impressions, and it keeps people laughing from coast to coast. Morey has been featured on NFL Films, PBS, A&E, and on Snoop Dogg’s MTV show “DoggyFizzle Televizzle”. Morey has also opened for acts such as George Lopez, Tracy Morgan, Ellen DeGeneres, and D. L. Hughley.
Shows are at 8:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday.
Tickets are $29.05 or $44.95 (plus applicable taxes and fees) for VIP tickets that include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also available for locals for the 10 p.m. show. Tickets are available at Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at www.harrahslasvegas.com.
Jerry Fink is an entertainment columnist for the Las Vegas Tribune newspaper and writes a weekly column. To contact Jerry Fink, email him at jfink@ lasvegastribune.com.
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