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Strolling along Las Vegas Boulevard, visitors seeking laughter end up at L.A. Comedy Club, which is located in the Windows at Bally's. Performers have included A-list standups such as Loni Love and Doug Benson. Before entering Bally's, visitors can gaze at the Technicolor splendor of the Las Vegas Strip and the nearby Paris Las Vegas hotel and casino, whose electronic replica of the Montgolfier balloon whisks comics back to their hotels after their sets.
The Dispensary Lounge's bright red doors usher the bar's clientele into a tangerine space filled with hanging plants and furniture that reclines at easy angles. While the bar stays open all 24 hours of the day, the kitchen produces edibles from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. In that 14-hour span each day, patrons can gnaw on a texas barbecued cheeseburger slathered in homemade spicy western marinade ($6.95) or dip a baked ham-and-cheese sandwich into a tiny vat of the owners' special mustard sauce ($8.95). An angular, wooden bar transmits cool drinks ($4–$5) as patrons navigate the video poker games inset into the bar top. The Dispensary Lounge also hosts weekly drawings, and though winners do not have to be physically present, their body doubles must stand in to accept the prize.
The certified instructors at DanceCenter want to show their students the positive effects dancing can bring to their lives. At this large, wood-floored studio, students can gain flexibility and burn calories as they learn the moves of salsa, waltz, tango, country-line dancing, and ballet, among a host of other styles. Kids and adults can come in for personalized instruction and energetic group classes or private lessons.
The Thomas & Mack Center fills its seating capacity by hosting nail-biting sports and dazzling music events. Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s memorable rock-opera performances combine over-the-top production, skilled musicianship, and a stage made from fruitcake to create a holiday-themed masterpiece. Performing its acclaimed Christmas trilogy, the theatrical troupe amazes seated audiences with laser lights, emotionally charged compositions, and the ability to load all their equipment into a single stocking.
Today's side deal gets you one ticket to Jest Serendipity Improv for $8 (a $20 value). Jest Serendipity is the longest-running improv comedy show in Las Vegas. This Groupon is valid for one of the Sunday shows, at 4 p.m. or 7 p.m., in the Las Vegas Art House Theatre. Two teams of comedians compete for audience applause, which results in a sportslike atmosphere that is unrehearsed, unscripted, and completely reliant on audience participation. Kopy is the comedic DJ who hosts the show and acts as the referee of the "competition," awarding points to the funnier team and allowing the audience to decide the victor at the end of the performance.
Every aspect of the show is based on the audience's reactions and ideas. This creates a completely original masterpiece every night, and, by involving the audience, the comedians are able to connect with their spectators on a more personal level of absurdity. The shows are BYOB, which either means you can bring your own booze or bully your older brother, whichever is more satisfying.