A nationally touring comedian and the author of the award-winning young-adult self-help novel Don't Feed the Bully, Brad Tassell brings his signature brand of inspirational comedy to each "Comic Therapy Group Session." Both a spoof of and tribute to the traditional group therapy session, Tassell's one-hour act summons up laughs from deep within bellies while also striving to improve attendees’ self-worth with lessons on empathy awareness and ego control. Shows start with each audience member decorating their own "thera-cookie” with a frosting design that uniquely represents them. After comic nuggets from Brad and a session of music therapy, the afternoon culminates with guests interpreting each others' cookies, learning about friends and strangers alike before chowing down on a psychological portrait more delectable than a Rorschach blot drawn in caviar.
Standup comedian and Emmy-winning writer Ed Driscoll continues his career-long campaign of relentless rib-tickling in a quintet of appearances atop the stage of the new Louie Anderson Theater. Driscoll has composed material for Dennis Miller and Billy Crystal, opened for Louie Anderson, and contributed to or appeared on a litany of television programs and specials. July 19–23, Driscoll will take to the mic toting a relaxed and friendly style of standup that creates a community of chuckling by rejecting the elitist humor of Internet search engines and self-satisfied housecats.
Greg London's impressions of famous musicians and pop-culture legends have earned him the consternation and begrudging respect of celebrities worldwide. Set to the tune of fast-paced music and his own booming singing voice, London lampoons famed figures such as Ozzy Osbourne, Rod Stewart, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Colorfully costumed dancers flank the brightly lit stage as London dons the signature threads of Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, and other staples of the music and the office-supplies industries. Listen to London's personality-recreating skills and guitar-tickling abilities from premium, midlevel seats while admiring Shimmer Cabaret's sparkly gold curtains, crisscrossed lighting, and intimate atmosphere.
In the intimate showroom of the Shimmer Cabaret, two comedians will take the stage to rile audiences with laughter during the Icons of Comedy Series. Hal Sparks performs May 25–29 with a bevy of quick-witted quips and side-splitting observations. Known for his five seasons as Michael Novotny on the Showtime program Queer as Folk, Sparks initially honed his humor prowess and sharpened his comedy swords at Chicago's renowned Second City, which denies any knowledge of the first city's whereabouts. Since then, he's appeared in a variety of movies and TV shows, and has been a guest on talk shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live, Larry King Live, and The Tonight Show.
Renowned psychic and medium Chip Coffey, star of A&E shows Psychic Kids: Children of the Paranormal and Paranormal State, ushers audiences through preternatural territories in Coffey Talk, a witty and cathartic journey into the unknown. Clairvoyant, clairaudient, and as scintillating as a ghost-whispering Truman Capote, Coffey uses his psychic gifts to counsel the bereaved, ease the haunted, and terrify fraudulent realtors. In this special round of Coffey Talk, Chip guides the two-hour event through two hair-raising chapters of powerful emotion. The show starts with a question-and-answer session, where Chip explains the paranormal and mankind’s inherent psychic abilities before honoring queries about his daunting experiences, his TV shows, and continuity errors in Ghostbusters. For Act II, Chip puts on his psychic-reading glasses to contact spirits for select members of the audience.
Local fixtures and nationally touring laugh-getters split sides at L.A. Comedy Club, where an intimate showroom warms chuckle-chasers with bright stage lights and panoramic windows display breathtaking views of the Las Vegas Strip and Bellagio fountains. Shows on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights spotlight performers who have wiped away frowns and workday scowls in television appearances on Comedy Central, Showtime, and HBO. Upcoming headliners Thai Rivera and K-von ring in the holidays with hilarious witticisms and choirs of caroling whoopee cushions, and Marc Patrick shares his riotous New Year's resolutions in back-to-back shows on December 29 and 30.