The first Bonkerz Comedy Club was founded in Wisconsin in 1984, when nightclub-owning brothers Joe and John Sanfelippo and best friend George Maltezos decided that it was more fun and less of a hassle to book comedians than musicians. Nearly 30
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.
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.
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.
Inside The Quad Resort & Casino, while high rollers may be holding 'em Texas style out on the casino floor, a crack team of stylists help folks make a splash in the casino's resident salon. Professionally trained colorists, nail techs, and makeup artists stand at the ready to glam up clients with runway-ready looks. Gents can pop in for a dapper crew cut or a more insouciant style, and women can prepare themselves for a big entrance with the salon's specialty—an updo and make-over.
Handicap Accessible: Yes
Staff Size: 2–10 people
Parking: Parking garage
Most popular service: Up-do's and Pedicures
Brands Used: TIGI-Bedhead
The Platters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, and The Marvelettes dish out full servings of cross-generational nostalgia in the form of chart-topping ballads and toe-tappers during nightly concerts at Crown Theater. Known for their powerful love songs, The Platters' triad of seasoned singers urges audiences to slow dance with their seat cushions with enchanting classics such as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" before the spotlight shifts to The Coasters, whose raucous, comedy-oriented stylings inject the show with a healthy dose of humor during a set of jovial cuts that includes "Charlie Brown" and "Yakety Yak." The Marvelettes round out the star-studded bill with a set of feel-good Motown measures, stirring listeners with catchy anthems and rhythms more upbeat than a clown who just received a pardon from jury duty. Just off the Strip, the theater is part of Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino and is near other notable establishments such as the VooDoo Lounge and McFadden's Restaurant and Saloon.