On the Strip with Brock Radke: Jim Jefferies, Janet Jackson and more
Funny All Over
One reason unfiltered and unapologetic comedian Jim Jefferies is a great fit for Las Vegas—and specifically for the Aces of Comedy series at The Mirage—is his international appeal. The Australian star will expand his worldly perspective when he travels to South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Thailand and South Africa to film for the third season of The Jim Jefferies Show.
Considering one of his recent adventures had Jefferies sitting down in Jerusalem with a Baptist pastor, a rabbi and a Muslim scholar over a few beers (well, one of them was having a few beers) to discuss peace in the Middle East, it’s safe to expect Jefferies will continue to speak freely and push boundaries, including his time onstage at the Terry Fator Theatre on March 15-16.
Must-See: George Wallace
Las Vegas has always been a stand-up comedy hot spot, but the laughs keep getting bigger these days, thanks to a combination of classic comedy rooms still going strong, new clubs on the way and big names making repeat visits to the Strip throughout the year. But there aren’t many resident comedians working the mic in the same room night after night, and there’s only one George Wallace. His return to the Vegas stage last year brought fun and familiar energy to the Westgate Cabaret and his inimitable style—like your favorite, politically incorrect uncle who’s traveled the world and is back in town to tell you what’s what—is a perfect fit for the property and the current Vegas comedy landscape. Don’t miss this guy.
Around the Strip
The latest Las Vegas Strip residency will bring a true pop icon to Park MGM, Janet Jackson will bring Metamorphosis to the Park Theater for 15 shows in 2019, opening May 17 and continuing with concerts in May, July and August. Jackson, who last performed on the Strip during the Billboard Music Awards in 2018 and on a State of the World tour stop in 2017, joins Lady Gaga, Cher, Aerosmith and Bruno Mars as Park Theater residents.
One of the Strip’s most talked about headliners recently won a major artistic award and it wasn’t Lady Gaga’s Oscar. Vanish Magic Magazine presented Criss Angel with The Greatest of All Time award onstage in front of a sold-out audience at MINDFREAK at Planet Hollywood. “Criss Angel has created a truly historic production and has elevated live entertainment to entirely new levels, even in the entertainment capital of the world,” said Vanish editor Paul Romhany.
Baseball great Jose Canseco attended Mat Franco: Magic Reinvented Nightly at the Linq with girlfriend Morgan Strelow and went backstage after the show to meet the affable magician. On the same night, NFL icon Jerry Rice partied at Park MGM hot spots Juniper Cocktail Lounge and On the Record speakeasy and nightclub.
Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon warmed up for two weekend shows at The Cosmopolitan by visiting La Comida in the downtown Fremont East neighborhood, joined by the Killers’ bassist Mark Stoermer and the Smashing Pumpkins’ tour manager Tommy Lipnick.