Founded by Vegas natives determined to give visitors to Sin City memorable and true-VIP experiences, Party Tours Las Vegas sweeps guests up and down the Strip, in and out of clubs, and past some of Nevada's most stunning natural sights. Transportation tours of the city, Hoover Dam, and the Grand Canyon grant sightseers a view usually reserved for birds, planes, and runaway Thanksgiving Day–parade floats. Affianced persons bid farewell to singledom with bachelor and bachelorette party packages, and various nightclub tours and crawls ensure revelers take in famous sights on a new fleet of party buses while sipping complimentary cocktails.
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.
Sin City Comedy hearkens back to the swinging 1960s and, even further, to the seamier side of the mid-18th century with a blend of jokes and sultry moves. Chosen from a deep roster of nationally known performers and funny-looking cats whose credits include Comedy Central, The Late Show with David Letterman, and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, a different comedic talent headlines the stage each week with support from local and visiting stars on the rise. Between the acts, scantily clad ladies perform what the Las Vegas Review-Journal praised in 2009 as “witty, retro-sexy stripteases” with their own saucy sense of humor. The show recently moved to a plush new space inside Planet Hollywood, a theater whose neon signs and punkish metal spikes foreshadow the mixture of the glam and the hardboiled that audiences will find onstage.
Thanks to former Playboy Comedy Club producer Cort McCown and his knack for attracting A-list standups, the freshly hatched Empire Comedy Las Vegas begins its life on The Strip with a lineup of instantly familiar comic talent. Upcoming cutups include original MADtv cast member Bryan Callen (March 29–31), whose unmistakable mug can be seen in films such as The Hangover. Dwarf comic Brad Williams from Comedy Central's Mind of Mencia riffs on disabilities and relationships (April 12–14), and comedic actor and the former host of The Kings of Comedy tour, Guy Torry, spins comedy gold like a ribald Rumpelstiltskin (April 19–20). The hilarity marches on with Chelsea Lately roundtable regular Sarah Colonna (May 3–5), former The Daily Show correspondent Rob Riggle, and indie-comedy fixture T.J. Miller, who has been seen in the children’s film Cloverfield and the horror film Yogi Bear. VIP ticketholders inhale fresh punch lines from their seats near the stage, while all guests savor the view of faux Parisian streets from the club’s enlarged windows.
Music swells in Le Provençal, ricocheting off the murals of the serene French countryside as waiters dressed in traditional peasant attire serenade diners with French and Italian numbers throughout the night. Nestled in the Paris Hotel and Casino, the restaurant introduces diners to the French countryside through steamed mussels, brick-oven flatbreads topped with smoked bacon or capers, and hearty parmesan-crusted chicken. It also prepares its house specialty, the bouillabaisse, and serves it tableside out of a vast cast-iron pot that bubbles with saffron-tomato broth and seafood, like a witch’s caldron but without the accidentally included pointy hat.
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.