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.
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.
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
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.