Around the Strip with Brock Radke: Eddie Griffin, Ruby Lewis and more
A New Home
Eddie Griffin is officially a Vegas guy. He’s lived in Las Vegas for nearly a decade, recently wrapped a multiyear run at the Rio and now the versatile funnyman, named one of the 100 Greatest Stand-Up Comedians of All Time by Comedy Central and star of movies including Undercover Brother and John Q, has launched a new residency at the Sayers Club at SLS.
“It’s very classy and it’s intimate, which is the way comedy should be presented,” Griffin says about his new Strip headquarters. “SLS is just a sexy spot, and to be right on the Strip is a big move. That property is conducive to comedy in its natural form.”
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All the Vegas: Ruby Lewis
“I wanted to do something biographical because I knew it was going to be super challenging, but it wasn’t until I’d gotten the part and started doing my research on Marilyn that I was like, whoa, this is my dream role. Now that I am old enough to understand everything she went through and even relate to a few of the things, I’m connecting to it in such a crazy way that it hasn’t been difficult for me to drop into her space. That, to me, is what you want because I’m going to be able to do the show artistically and hopefully do right by her and leave people with an impression of who she was. That’s my job, to entertain but also to enlighten, in a way. I feel like I’ve been training for this my whole life. I feel like I’m in my dream.” Listen to our full conversation with Ruby Lewis, star of Marilyn! The New Musical at Paris, at allthevegas.com.
Among the celebs partying and taking in the view from the 55th floor of the Palms during Apex Social Club’s Memorial Day weekend grand opening were model and actress Emily Ratajkowski, Empire actress Serayah, Internet sensation The Fat Jew (aka Josh Ostrovsky) and Vanderpump Rules star Scheana Shay. Of course, it’s easy to draw the stars when your DJ and performer lineup includes hip-hop legend Nas, Tonight Show and Roots bandleader Questlove and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker.
T-Mobile Arena has been around for two years and hosted some of the biggest concerts on the planet, but few artists have captivated a crowd at this Strip super-venue the way Pink did recently during her Beautiful Trauma tour stop. She rolled through her hits, bounced around the stage with an army of dancers and even flew all over the arena with an aerial routine that would impress Cirque du Soleil’s acrobats. Lucky for Vegas, Pink is coming back to T-Mobile on April 12.
Mirage headliners Boyz II Men made some Vegas sports history, singing the national anthem prior to the Las Vegas Aces’ first home game at Mandalay Bay Events Center. The city’s new WNBA team got an extra boost from a halftime performance by Jabbawockeez.
“X” Burlesque recently celebrated 16 years of performances on the Strip with a red carpet reception at the Flamingo followed by a performance at Bugsy’s Cabaret featuring new set pieces, music and dance numbers.
Brock Radke is an award-winning entertainment reporter who has been covering the city since 2000, and interviews key movers and shakers on his All The Vegas podcast, available at allthevegas.com.