On the Scene with Brock Radke: Jerry Seinfeld, George Lopez and more
House of Laughs
When you think of the Colosseum, the iconic musical names that have resided there instantly leap to mind: Celine Dion, Elton John, Rod Stewart, Mariah Carey.
But the game-changing Caesars Palace venue has also been home to biggest names in comedy as well, especially recently, including Steve Martin and Martin Short, Jim Gaffigan, Jeff Dunham and rising stars such as Aziz Ansari and Sebastian Maniscalco.
The best-known Colosseum comedian is also the one who’s performed there the most, and Jerry Seinfeld is back on his chosen Vegas stage on Feb. 22-23. And it’s the only place to consistently catch Seinfeld’s stand-up other than his New York residency at the Beacon Theater.
Must-See: George Lopez
George Lopez has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He has been named one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America in Time magazine and selected as one of the Top 10 Favorite Television Personalities by the Harris Poll. Through all the accolades, the one thing that matters most is how much he makes us laugh. Lopez, who returns to the Aces of Comedy series stage at The Mirage Feb. 22-23, has maintained a fierce focus on stand-up recently, burning down theaters across the country with The Wall Tour. This is an onstage artist operating at his peak, so catch him if you can.
Around the Strip
Lady Gaga visited downtown Las Vegas after a recent Friday night showing of her Enigma production at Park Theater, partying with friends and cast mates at the hip La Comida. The following night, her musical spectacular attracted a galaxy of stars, including Christina Aguilera, who was making the rounds of Las Vegas Strip resident shows to get ready for her own production, The Xperience, coming to Planet Hollywood on May 31. Also in the crowd were Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky, iconic designer Diane Von Furstenberg, Facebook boss Sheryl Sandberg, actress Kathy Bates and drag star Shangela, who appeared with Gaga in A Star is Born.
Pop star Pink, with hubby Carey Hart, also attended Enigma, then kept the party rolling by visiting Absinthe at Caesars Palace for the second time in five months. Pink will be back in Vegas on April 12, if not sooner, for a tour stop at T-Mobile Arena.
Former Detroit Pistons, Chicago Bulls and L.A. Lakers great Dennis Rodman dined at Sake Rok at The Park, attacking the signature Godzilla sushi platter.
On the Record at Park MGM continues to be a scorching celebrity hot spot. Producer and songwriter Mark Ronson began his DJ residency there, attended by British singer and actress Rita Ora and Greta and Carrie star actress Chloë Grace Moretz, who was celebrating her 22nd birthday with family and friends.
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