Taking in the Grand Canyon’s depths, jetting down the Las Vegas Strip in a limousine, and visiting a tiny town in search of its resident poltergeist—guests of Bindlestiff Tours can have these experiences and more. The company’s expert guides create the wide array of southwestern tours themselves, tailoring the itineraries to their personal expertise and their insider knowledge of camera-shy cacti. Their carefully curated trips can last from a single day to three weeks, with longer trips stopping at far-flung landmarks such as Yosemite National Park, Las Vegas, and the Grand Canyon in a single week. Bindlestiff Tours also aims to protect the natural wonders it celebrates, encouraging tour groups to minimize their environmental impact as they travel by keeping to trails and recycling.
Louie Anderson, former Family Feud host and creator of Life with Louie, has 30 years of guffaw-garnering standup comedy under his belt. His relaxed and friendly standup creates a community of chuckling by emphasizing audience banter and rejecting the elitist humor of postmodern playwrights and self-satisfied housecats. A mirthful mélange of Las Vegas locals and world-famous farceurs will join Louie on stage, providing comedy in varying styles and flavors for a smorgasbord of side-splitting comedic samplings.
From its inception in the 1980s performance-art scene in New York, the Blue Man Group’s shows have evolved from impromptu sets in Central Park to stages across the world. The eponymous blue-skinned trio, described by the Chicago Tribune as “ever-curious, ever-hopeful, ever-restless,” remains unchanged by its more than two-decade tenure, still bewildered by the telescoping tubes of PVC piping it uses as instruments and the appreciative applause of the audience. But the group's shows are nothing if not timely, deftly posing questions about technology and stardom.
The spectacle is equal parts aural and visual, with live rock bands accompanying the men as they tap out rhythms on tangled snarls of pipe and flail wobbly poles covered in neon lights. Videos provide context for the speechless drummers, as well as a constant stream of wry humor. Evenings with the Blue Man Group build to a festive conclusion, bathing the audience in brilliant bursts of light and cheery floods of color-changing balloons.
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.