Claire Voyant's Las Vegas Gossip Column



Displaying keen perception and great insight.  
She's a little bit naughty. She’s a little bit nice.  
She calls ‘em like she sees (and hears) ‘em.  
She’s...

Claire Voyant  

Note: This is a past column from August 22, 2014
You can find the current column HERE


Las Vegas - August 22, 2014


Joanie Spina 1953-2014

Joanie Spina & Mac King

It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Las Vegan, Joanie Spina. Joanie, a longtime assistant to magician David Copperfield, died Sunday, August 17th, at a Houston hospital while awaiting lung and liver transplants. She had just turned 61 earlier this month. Spina, who also coached young magicians, suffered from pulmonary fibrosis, an incurable lung disease. Earlier this year, she left Las Vegas for Houston for the hoped for replacement surgeries. Last September, a fundraiser, organized with the help of puppeteer Anthony Rais, to assist Joanie with her mounting medical bills, was held here. Many, many friends - including from the world of magic, Stan Allen, Steven August, Bizzaro, Ariann Black, Lance Burton, Jason Byrne, Juliana Chen, Max Clever, Steve Daly, Paul Draper, Joanie Dukore, Adam Flowers, Sonny Fontana, Charlie & Sherry Frye, Seth Grabel, Kevin James, Rory Johnston, Mark & Jinger Kalin, Mac King, Douglas Leferovich, Armando Lucero, Jeff McBride, Russ Merlin, Jan Rouven, Shedini, Luna Shimada, Paul Stone, Johnny & Pam Thompson, Victor & Diamond, Fielding West, Penny Wiggins, and Tommy Wind - came out to support the well-liked and much admired Spina. She served as David Copperfield's on-stage chief assistant for more than 10 years, including for his headlining performances at the MGM Grand. She also served as Copperfield's artistic director, choreographer and lead dancer, choreographing his CBS TV specials from 1986 to 1995, and co-directed several of Copperfield's live shows. For the last three years, Copperfield had provided spiritual and medical support for Spina, who had been on 24-hour oxygen therapy because of her illness. Joanie had also choreographed the successful Broadway show, Dreams and Nightmares. Teaming with Mark Kalin, Jinger Leigh and Jeff Hobson, she helped develop the Carnival of Wonders show, and was involved in that show's 2009 revival at Trump Plaza in Atlantic City. Spina collaborated with Franco Dragone, the original artistic director of Cirque du Soleil, serving as a researcher and casting director for Dragone's The Circus McGurkus and Kung Fu Panda, and she also helped cast the Dreamworks touring show, How to Train Your Dragon. As a magician, during the 1990s and early 2000s, Spina performed in Atlantic City, South America, Europe and the Bahamas. For a CBS sports television show, Spina made then-women's world figure-skating champion, Michelle Kwan, disappear. As an associate to English illusion designer, Paul Kieve, in February of 2012, Joanie helped open Broadway's "Ghost The Musical." Spina was an animal rights activist whose moving 19-minute documentary, Born to Die, about the overpopulation of discarded pets in Las Vegas, debuted at the 2004 New York International Independent Film and Video Festival. Spina's other documentary about pets was Doctor Death. Her films have been shown at, the CineVegas Film Festival and The Dam Short Film Festival among other places. The last ime that Cousin Claire saw Joanie, she was in the parking lot of the eastside Sam's Club, wearing her constantly attached oxygen mask, putting pet food in her car. Joanie probably would not have made the trip to get people food, but for her animals... That's the kind of person she was. Joanie Spina is survived by her mother, Helen, and brother, William. Services have yet to be announced. This lady will be sorely missed. Condolences to the people and animals who loved her.
Thanks to Ed Koch, a 25-year Las Vegas Sun reporter, for much of this information.
Joanie Spina portrait by Richard Faverty


Magician Tihany

Kevin James

On Sunday, September 14th, Variety Live, produced by Paul Stone, will play in The Orleans Hotel & Casino Showroom. The show is a Tribute to Tihany, the legendary worldwide circus impresario, performer and icon. His circuses were famous for their high quality, glamour, and spectacle. They mainly took place across South America, Brazil, Mexico, Chile, and Venezuela. Tihany, who just celebrated his 98th birthday, is now a Las Vegan. Variety Live, hosted by Ben Stone, will feature top world class talent for the one show only performance, including Stan Allen, Lance Burton, Sonny Fontana, Kevin James, Kris Kremo, Yelena Larkina, Xavier Mortimer, Jan Rouven, Sos & Victoria, Jasmine Trias, and Wolfgang. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $30, plus tax and fees. For reservations, call (702) 365-7070. A donation to the Heaven Can Wait Animal Society will be given in memory of the late Joanie Spina, who passed away earlier this week.


Heaven Can Wait Animal Society

* * * * * * * *

Nikolas Mastrangelo, who sings under the name Nik at Nite, reports that they had a great evening last Sunday, as he and The Trio Part 1 of their Broadway song fest. The Trio, consisting of Joey Singer on keys, Kenny Seiffert on bass, and Mike Mechem on drums, did their usual phenomenal job of playing the heck out of these classic songs. In addition, the crowd had the added bonus of guest appearances by Pascale Elia, who joined Nik in a duet (with Pascale singing in Portuguese, and he in Italian), and Chadwick Johnson, who Nik joined on a "funk version" duet of "Summertime." They also had guest appearances by vocalists, Yolanda Quandt and Marilyn B., as well as Martin Mancuso on alto saxophone, who joined Nik on a lively version of the Gershwin's "Oh, Lady Be Good." The crowd, with visitors from as far away as Iceland, England and Canada, had a fun-filled evening throughout the night. This Sunday, it's Part 2 of Broadway, My Way, with a completely different selection of tunes. Included in this week will be songs from the genius of Oscar Hammerstein II, Kurt Weill, Vernon Duke, and Frank Loesser, as well as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Rodgers and Hart, more Gershwin, and Irving Berlin. Chadwick Johnson, the young vocalist taking Las Vegas by storm, plans on making a return visit. Come join the fun. The Piazza Lounge is located in the Tuscany Hotel (on the hotel side), 255 E Flamingo. Help spread the word about the coolest room in town.


Chadwick Johnson

Angel Salazar & Al Pacino

* * * * * * * *

Saturday night, August 16th, was a very special evening for two men who first worked together in the historic movie, Scarface, in 1983. Ten years later, they appeared together in the Golden Globe-nominated film, Carlito's Way. Last week, Hollywood legend, Al Pacino and comedian Angel Salazar, came together once again...this time in Las Vegas. Pacino was in the middle of his one man show at the Mirage Hotel, in the packed Terry Fator Theater, and Salazar, who portrayed, Walberto in Carlito's Way, was sitting in the audience with some friends. During the Q & A from the audience, comedian/actor Salazar took to the microphone and said, "Mr. Pacino, 'Sheck it out!'.... It's Chi-Chi, your little sidekick from Scarface!" A big smile crossed Pacino's face as he peered out into the audience. "Who is that? Chi Chi?!" The audience immediately recognized Salazar as one of the co-stars from Scarface," and erupted into applause. Then Angel pulled out a huge plastic bag filled with white powder. "I just wanted to tell you, man, I GOT THE YEYO!!!" The crowd loved it when Salazar used the famous line from the hit movie. Angel jumped up onstage with Al and moderator John Katsilometes. Al immediately gave Angel a big hug while the audience applauded, and called out, "Chi Chi get the Yeyo!!!" Angel took this moment to plug his upcoming Vegas engagement. "Hey everybody, ‘Sheck it out!' On Monday I open at the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana hotel!" The audience applauded as he jumped back down into the crowd. After the show, Angel obligingly posed for photos with Scarface fans before going backstage to see Al. There, the two men posed for more photos. "Sheck out" Angel Salazar, along with Brandon "Gooch" Hahn, and Penny Prince, appearing at the Tropicana's Laugh Factory, through Sunday. Show times are at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. Call (702) 739-2411 for reservations.

* * * * * * * *

On Thursday, August 28th, from 7 to 10 p.m., you can dance the night away to music of the 1940s, '50s and '60s, at the Charleston Heights Arts Center, 800 S. Brush St., near Charleston and Decatur. Celebrate Labor Day with music that is familiar, comfortable and easy, by Jerry Tiffe and his Combo Band. Fans of Frank Sinatra, Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence and Bobby Caldwell, add this original Vegas-style singer to their list of favorites. This event, for adults only, will include a no-host bar. Tickets are priced at $10 in advance, and $15 on event day (if available). Call (702) 229-6383 for reservations and information, or purchase tickets online. For more information on Jerry Tiffe and his band, go online to www.jerrytiffe.com. The Charleston Heights Arts Center, operated by the city of Las Vegas, offers numerous arts programs and dances throughout the year. International folk dancing is offered every Wednesday from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Scottish country dancing is enjoyed on Fridays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Contra dancing is available on selected Saturdays every month from 7 to 10 p.m., with group lessons at 6:30 p.m. For details on upcoming performances and available classes, call the number above, or go online to www.artslasvegas.org/.


Jerry Tiffe

Joy Behar

* * * * * * * *

The cleverly named "Lipshtick," described as, "The perfect shade of stand up," launches a series of Funny Ladies at The Venetian Sands Showroom this weekend with Joy Behar, tonight and tomorrow, August 22nd and 23rd. Following Behar will be Susie Essman, September 5th and 6th; Jen Kirkman and Natasha Leggero, September 12th and 13th; Jennifer Coolidge, September 19th and 20th; Lisa Lampanelli, October 3rd and 4th; Loni Love, October 10th and 11th; Wendy Williams, October 31st and November 1st; Roaeanne Barr, November 7th and 8th; Whitney Cummings, November 28th and 29th; and Lisa Lampanelli, back again on December 26th and 27th. Ticket prices are $118 for VIP Seating, $96.25, $74.25 and $52.25, with Meet & Greet sessions included in the higher tier charges. Show times vary. For reservations or additional information, call (866) 242-2872, or (866) 641-7469, or go to lipshtick.com. Let's hear it for the girls!

* * * * * * * *

Starting on Tuesday Sept 2nd, comic impressionist, Rich Natole, will be the Host of a new Radio Show called "Listening To The Vegas Voice." Show will air live every Monday and Tuesday, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. on KLAV 1230 AM. It will feature interviews with the best local and visiting talent in Las Vegas. Expect surprise celebrity guests (although, if you are expecting them, they won't be surprises).


Rich Natole

Sue Lowden & Nelson Sardelli

* * * * * * * *

Nelson Sardelli informs us that more than 110 fun seekers turned out for last week's F.I.O.R.E. luncheon, featuring special guests, Sue and Paul Lowden, among those providing the entertainment. On one Thursday a month, for a good time and a nice buffet meal, the Italian American Club, at 2333 E. Sahara, is the place to be at lunchtime. We will have details about the next gathering in a couple of weeks. Stay tuned.


F.I.O.R.E. August Entertainers

The message attached to the accompanying photo of Marty Allen and Nelson Sardelli, perusing the Special Edition Beatles TV Guide, stated, "You can pick your nose and you can pick your friends...but you can't pick your friend's nose." The Beatles TV Guide, featuring a full page photo of Marty and Beatle John Lennon, is available until August 28th, although that particular edition is quite difficult to find.


Nelson Sardelli & Marty Allen Love TV Guide

* * * * * * * *

Rob Garrett has had a very busy month. From July 30th through August 10th, his American Trilogy revue played in the main (750 seat) showroom of the Riverside Resort & Casino in Laughlin. This extended show was a first for The King Diamonds...longer than any previous bookings for one engagement. He was both excited and nervous at the same time, being concerned whether "the ol' boy's voice would hold out." It did. Everyone did just fine, and the room was jumping. Backed by the King of Diamonds Band, the Trilogy cast was made up of Rob as Neil Diamond, Dave Hoover and Justin Shandor alternating as Elvis Presley, and Gary Anthony and David DeCosta taking turns as Frank Sinatra. Backup vocals were provided by Rosanna Telford and Russine Zellner. Shortly after returning from Laughlin, it was Hot August Night time, Rob's Neil Diamond tribute, at the Cannery on August 16th. As in the past, this is always a popular attraction at the North Las Vegas property. We will keep you posted on upcoming gigs for Garrett and company.
Photo caption: American Trilogy cast (left to right) - Rob Garrett, Rosanna Telford, Dave Hoover, Russine Zellner and Gary Anthony. Photo by Erwin Flacks.


American Trilogy in Laughlin

* * * * * * * *

Tokyo in Vegas: Vision Collision at the Springs Preserve, 333 S. Valley View Blvd. at US 95.
East and West collide gloriously, as Japanese artist Sush Machida Gaikotsu, now based in Las Vegas, blends traditions to fashion his own brand of stylized art—revered in fine art circles and commercial endeavors such as Burton Snowboards. Sush was born in Japan in 1973, where traditional, pop, high-tech and low-tech cultures all meet and coexist. Growing up in such a unique environment, it was normal for him to go skateboarding after tea ceremony, or start painting after playing a punk rock gig. After moving to Utah at the age of 18 to become a professional snowboarder, he continued to work on paintings and photography and later received his Master of Fine Arts from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Influenced by 18th century Japanese masters, such as Jakuchu Ito and Okyo Maruyama, Machida fuses Eastern and Western traditions. His style is both vibrant (yet sensitive) and pure (but with contrasting, wild color schemes). Rolling waves, fluffy clouds, tigers, fish and birds—all featured in his work—ultimately create harmonious compositions that address nature, culture and a sense of order. With perfectly controlled lines, sharp edges and organized colors, his paintings defy American abstract expressionist artists. Machida's paintings are often referred to as "hyper stylized Japanese art." View daily, through September 27th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Big Springs Gallery, FREE for members or with paid general admission. The Springs Preserve is the premier place in Las Vegas to explore the valley's vibrant history through interactive science and nature exhibits, botanical gardens, hiking, trails, and live animal shows. Preserve open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nevada State Museum, open Thursday through Monday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.


Artwork by Sush Machida Gaikotsu

* * * * * * * *

At 7:30 p.m., Friday August 29th, at The Center, located at 401 S. Maryland Parkway, The Las Vegas Men's Chorus will be presenting their Pride Concert, One Voice, as part of the kickoff for Gay Pride Week. Open to Everyone, admission is $10 at the door, with those 16 and under admitted Free! One Voice, United in Song is the theme this year, with songs like "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life", from Monty Python's Spamalot, "Seize the Day" from Walt Disney's Newsies, "Over The Rainbow" from The Wizard of Oz, and, of course, the title song, "One Voice." This beautiful piece, written by Barry Manilow, was originally commissioned by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, for a concert called "Sing For The Cure: A Proclamation of Hope" in 1990. Commissioned in collaboration with Dr. Tim Seelig, Director of Dallas' Turtle Creek Chorale and Women's Chorus of Dallas, the song, "One Voice," was born. Since that time, "One Voice, Singing in the Darkness" continues to be a heartfelt beacon of hope for Cures of many different diseases. Once you hear the music and words of this song, you'll see why. The Las Vegas Men's Chorus also sees this as an opportunity and celebration of Hope and Pride for us all. The LV Men's Chorus will also be performing around 5:15 p.m. at the Pride Celebration, Saturday, September 6th, downtown at the Clark County Government Center's Amphitheater, 500 S Grand Central Pkwy. Rumor has it that the Chorus has been asked to sing backup vocals for one of Pride's Headliner's! Stay Tuned for more details on that. And speaking of "staying tuned," anyone interested in supporting, singing with, or keeping up with, the "men's chorus," is encouraged to attend this concert and also check them out online. Their web site is LVMensChorus.org, and phone number is (702) 594-3393. You can also find them on Facebook as LVMensChorus, and Twitter as @LVMensChorus1


One Voice Presented at The Center

* * * * * * * *

The duo of Hudson & Saleeby is still playing music at Jim's Place in Memphis (that would be in the land of Elvis) every Wednesday...and only on Wednesdays! Jim's Place, on Perkins at Poplar, is a great place to come by anytime, but they especially want to see you on Wednesdays, so please go by and help the gentlemen keep their Wednesday music nights growing! Chris and Doug perform in the lounge, starting at around 8 p.m. Jim's Place serves a full menu in the lounge, so come grab a table or call and make a reservation. They hope to see you this Wednesday, and EVERY Wednesday!

* * * * * * * *

This Sunday, August 24th, from 2 to 4 p.m., Hope 7: An Afternoon of Classical Ballet will be presented in the Judy Bayley Theatre on the UNLV campus. Please join the Nevada Conservatory Theatre for a delightful afternoon of ballet, featuring former dancers from Nevada Ballet Theatre, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular, and other local shows. Proceeds to benefit Family Promise of Las Vegas and the Nevada Conservatory Theatre. General seating tickets are $12 (all seats). To purchase, call the UNLV Performing Arts Center Box Office at (702) 895-2787 (ARTS).

* * * * * * * *

From Lisa Gioia-Acres of the Las Vegas Media Group...
The following message was received from Dina Remeta regarding Murray Westgate's memorial, which will take place at a future date: Murray's memorial was put on hold because the 19th annual NBA-Nevada Broadcaster's Association's Hall of Fame Gala evening program honored him with a Lifetime Achievement Award in the Media Hall of Fame. The event took place Saturday, August 9th, at the Four Seasons Hotel. This was a tremendous honor that included a video presentation of Murray's life and his many contributions to society. Prior to this gala, an announcement was published in the newspaper under the "Events" section. I will keep you posted as to where and when Murray's memorial will take place. Murray's family and I would welcome anyone who would like to help participate with the program. I can be reached at (702) 838-4872. To contact Lisa, go to [email protected]

* * * * * * * *

Reminders...
Mistinguett Productions presents Country Legends at the Starbright Theatre, 2215 Thomas Ryan Blvd. in Sun City Summerlin, tomorrow, Saturday, August 23rd at 7 p.m. America's music - country music - includes the all-time greatest collection of top hit songs performed by a talented cast of four amazing talents - visual and vocal impressionist, Bethany Owen; comic musician, James Lee Reeves as "Professor Milo Tremley," Chad Collins as Tim McGraw; and Ronnie Lee Twist as Johnny Cash. The show covers songs made famous by Willie Nelson, Garth Brooks, Johnny Cash, Tim McGraw, Patsy Cline, Shania Twain, Glen Campbell and Rascal Flatts. For a rip roaring good time, be sure not to miss this show. Tickets are $15 for Sun City Summerlin residents, and $20 for non-residents. Call (702) 240-1301 for details and reservations.


Bethany Owen & James Lee Reeves are Country Legends

George "Superman" Reeves & Phyllis Coates

Also, this is the last weekend for the Onyx Theatre production of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama, Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Presented by Poor Richard's Players, and directed by Artistic Director Benjamin Loewy, show times are at 8 p.m., through Sunday. Tickets are $25. The Onyx Theatre is located at 953 E Sahara Ave, 16B. Call (702) 732-7225 for tickets.

* * * * * * * *

This year marks what would have been George "Superman" Reeves' 100th birthday. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, co-creators of the DC Comics Superman character, also were born in 1914. To commemorate the milestone birthdays of Reeves, Siegel and Shuster, Superman super fan, Jim Nolt, hosted a luncheon last Saturday, August 16th, at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood, California. Nolt, who has been a Superman fan since he was just six years old, wasn't captivated by just any Superman, Nolt was fascinated by George Reeves of the Adventures of Superman television show. "George Reeves was special to many people who grew up in the '50s. He had a warm and generous nature that was clearly evident in his interpretation of the characters of both Clark Kent and Superman," says Nolt, 68, of Lancaster, Pennsylvania. As an adult, Nolt continued his interest in George Reeves' Superman. He taught school in the Ephrata Area School District for nearly 30 years, then worked as an office manager for a Lancaster company for 10 years before retiring. All the while, he spent his spare time doing research, interviewing people who knew Reeves, reading every book and collecting memorabilia. From 1989 to 2001, Nolt published a magazine series devoted to Reeves. His expertise was so well recognized, he was interviewed for a 1995 segment of NBC's Unsolved Mysteries examining Reeves' death. He also appeared in the special features section of a DVD release of Season 6 of the Adventures of Superman television series. Nolt, who hosted the August 16th luncheon, had some pretty impressive guests lined up for the event. Special guests included Siegel's daughter, Laura Siegel; Jack Larson, who played Jimmy Olsen on the Adventures of Superman; Jack O'Halloran, who portrayed Non in Superman: The Movie; Paul Bernbaum, the screenwriter for Hollywoodland, the 2006 movie about Reeves' last days; John Rockwell, star of a proposed 1961 Superboy television series; Lou Ferrigno of TV's The Incredible Hulk; and Richard Erdman, who appeared as Sergeant Hoffman in 1953's Stalag 17, and worked with Reeves in the 1953 film, The Blue Gardenia. Many others will be there, including actor Jim Beaver, who is working on a biography of Reeves; Stephanie Shayne, daughter of actor Robert Shayne, who played Inspector Henderson in the series; and Bruce Dettman, fellow researcher and fan. Among the actors who appeared in Superman episodes will be Greg Moffett, Ruta Lee and Southern Nevada resident, Beverly Washburn. Former child star, Bill Mumy, a Superman fan who is perhaps best known for his role as Will Robinson in Lost in Space, also attended. There were video and written tributes to Reeves, including one from Keith Thibedeaux, who played Little Ricky on I Love Lucy. He recalled the I Love Lucy episode when Reeves, as Superman, came to Little Ricky's 5th birthday party. There are very few stars from the television series who are still alive. That's one of the reasons Nolt decided to celebrate. Although Noel Neill, who portrayed Lois Lane, is still alive, she is 93 and living in a retirement home in Tucson. "I have been friends with Noel for the past 25 years, and I last saw her in 2011 when we had lunch in Tucson," says Nolt. "Sadly, because of her age, she is not able to be at the luncheon." Also on the agenda was a tour of the famed Pasadena Playhouse, where Reeves studied and performed from 1935 until 1953. This wasn't the first time Nolt traveled to California to celebrate Reeves. In 2001, when the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors proclaimed July 10-17 as "Superman Week" in honor of the 50th anniversary of the series, Nolt was instrumental in planning the ceremony and delivered a speech on behalf of Reeves' fans. Even though Nolt has researched Reeves' life extensively and has met many of the people in his life, he never got to meet Superman in person. But he came close. "I missed my one opportunity to see him in person on Sept. 13, 1957, when he appeared at the Reading Fair," says Nolt. "I regret that I didn't know about that appearance until I was doing research for my magazine much later." As for Reeves' untimely death in 1959, Nolt's research involved interviewing people who knew Reeves, as well as reading all the newspaper accounts. In 1995, he had the opportunity to go through the house where Reeves died. "There is no way to know what happened for certain," says Nolt of his hero. "It seems to me that George deserved better in life. He was a kind, generous and gregarious soul who always gave his best performance. He has been an inspiration to me."

* * * * * * * *

The 70th birthday of nationally-known artist, Martin Kreloff, resulted in a lovely house party, held in a beautiful home of Marty's friends who live near Summerlin, to celebrate the occasion. There was an interesting turnout of nice and compatible people - including musicians, designers, politicos, writers, and other artists - and a good time was had by all. Marty, who with his partner Tim Olson (mending after a car accident a few days earlier), has been a Las Vegan for about a decade. Among the evening's highlights was a surprise gift of a personally autographed photo of former actor, Tommy Kirk. Kirk, who is best known for performances in a number of highly popular movies made by Walt Disney Studios, such as Old Yeller, The Shaggy Dog and The Misadventures of Merlin Jones, as well as beach party movies of the mid-1960s, and family- friendly films including Swiss Family Robinson, The Absent-Minded Professor, and Son of Flubber, has been a favorite of Marty's since both of them were boys. As fate would have it, one of the party guests knew of Marty's fondness for Tommy Kirk, and since Tommy also calls Las Vegas home these days, was able to get the signed photo for the birthday boy. Happy birthday, Marty Kreloff!


Marty Kreloff with Surprise Birthday Gift

Rickey Smiley

* * * * * * * *

Best known for his prank calls and many film and TV appearances, standup comedy veteran, Rickey Smiley, makes his debut at The Orleans Showroom August 23rd and 24th. A notable "clean" comic, Smiley finds humor in everyday observations. He brings his cast of beloved original characters with him to Las Vegas, including church lady "Mrs. Bernice Jenkins," "Lil' Daryl," "Joe Willie" and redneck "Beauford." The show also features a live band, with Smiley playing several instruments and singing. Smiley is perhaps most famous for his prank calls, in which he presents absurd situations and cases of mistaken identity in the voices of one or more of his original characters. His six comedy albums of prank calls have garnered favorable reviews. As the star of his own top-rated, nationally syndicated radio show, The Rickey Smiley Morning Show, the comic is heard on urban radio stations across the country. It features Smiley's signature prank phone calls, news and music, as well as interviews with entertainers including Kevin Hart, Ne-Yo, Ice Cube and Nicki Minaj. Taking his comedy talents to the silver screen, Smiley has appeared in films, such as Friday After Next, First Sunday, and Baggage Claim. He has also hosted and appeared on BET's Comic View, and appeared on Comedy Central Presents, as well as HBO's Def Comedy Jam and Def Comedy Jam: All Stars. The third season of Smiley's sitcom, The Rickey Smiley Show, recently aired on TV One. Show times for Rickey Smiley at The Orleans are at 8 p.m. on both nights. Tickets are available starting from $39.95, plus tax and convenience fees, and can be purchased at any Boyd Gaming Box Office, by calling (702)365-7075, or visiting www.orleanscasino.com.



Have a question about Las Vegas? Want to make a comment (be nice, now)?
If so, drop an e-mail and ask. Click Here
Cousin Claire will do her best to find the answer for you.
You can find Past Columns HERE


     Like to be notified when Claire Voyant's next column is available?
Then join Claire Voyant's announcement mailing list!
Enter your email address below, then click the 'Join List' button:
   

Claire Voyant's portrait by Charlie Frye