Tunica Casino Reservations
Bally's Casino - $35 *
Fitzgerald's Casino - $59 *
Gold Strike Casino - $59 *
Grand Casino Terrace - $49 *
Sheraton Casino - $69*
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Tunica Motel Reservations
Best Western - $59
Cottage Inn - $79
Delta Plantation Inn - $79
Americas Best Value Inn - $79
Key West Inn - $45*
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Casino Comedy in the South
Casino stages have rattled with laughter for almost 65 years. Rewind back to Las Vegas the days of the 1940’s at the El Rancho where comedians were on stage to lighten the gambler’s moods. Then in the 50’s and 60’s casinos offered acts such as Don Rickles, Buddy Hackett, Shecky Greene, Alan King, Louis Prima and Keely Smith in lounges performing from the time the sun went down until it came up the next morning. The cover charge was to just buy a couple of drinks. If you rewind even further back to the old Wild West saloons and the days of hot poker games and bang bang shoot ‘em ups there were comedy acts then. So it stands to reason Comedy and Gambling go together like Peas and Carrots.
It’s difficult to talk about Comedy in the South without mentioning Mr. Dana Nelson from the Gold Strike Casino in Tunica, MS. Dana originally came to the casino industry after a 10 year stint with Ringling Bros Circus. He was the clown with Circus Circus in Tunica and is now the theatre manager for Gold Strike Casino. Dana was recently the opening act for John Hefferon, the Last Comic Standing, bringing down the house with laughter from his naïve looks yet hilarious slapstick comedy. Dana said recently in an interview, “One of the most enjoyable things about being a comic and watching the audience, is to watch the people relax, let go, and embrace the entertainment.” Also he said, “I would like to see more people take time out and watch the different kinds of comedy acts that are now out there”. So…take it from Dana… Take a break from your gaming and enjoy the comedy acts in the casinos of the South. Relax, unwind, enjoy. Laughter is the Best Medicine. Laugh 'til your face hurts. You won't regret one moment filled with a smile, a chuckle, or a good belly laugh.
Satellite TV and the internet have contributed to the global influence on entertainment acts even comedy. Our taste in comedy has broadened. We are more adventuresome to watch and appreciate new comedy acts from around the world. The Casinos bring us the opportunity to enjoy a wide variety of entertainment.
In America now instead of the flower squirting big shoed clown, we have come to identify as clown comedy we have embraced other forms of comedy such as Blue Man Group and Aga-Boom. Headliner stand up comics are still the main stay of casino entertainment. Comedians come from the TV stage to your favorite casino. Let’s take a look at the comedy line up coming soon to southern casinos.
April 2nd, 2005 – Grand Casino – Biloxi, MS
D.L. Hugley got his first break on HBO’s “Def Comedy Jam” from there to his own TV series. Now you can catch him on stage doing what he does best…making people laugh. Hugley says, “I think there’s a lot of material in my act that is positive and real, which is what my show is all about. I just want to be great at making people laugh……everybody wants to be great at something and I want to be great at making people laugh.”
April 8th, 2005 – Beau Rivage Casino – Biloxi, MS
Sinbad wasn't born Sinbad. He evolved into Sinbad. Born David Adkins in Benton Harbor, Michigan, Sinbad’s life’s course started out in Basketball with a yearn to be a Harlem Globetrotter. Sinbad has been on Stage, TV, and movies. He doesn’t tell jokes. “I don’t know any” he admits. Sinbad has become one of the country’s most famous comedians telling life stories as he walks up and down the stage, stalking. His material is not written but relived in story form. Sinbad does not use profanity in his act he says, “I want people to bring the whole family to my show”. Family is important to Sinbad, his production company, David and Goliath Productions is made up of his brothers and sisters, which keeps him grounded.
Larry The Cable Guy
April 30th, 2005 - Beau Rivage - Biloxi,MS
"Git-R-Done" and "Lord, I Apologize" are two catch phrases Larry The Cable Guy has introduced in the American Language. Even though Larry sounds like he has a southern drawl, he was actually raised on a Pig Farm in Pawnee City, Nebraska. Larry was born Dan Whitney, but became Larry the Cable Guy when he set out to make his career in comedy instead of being a bellhop at the Ramada Inn. He proudly wears the title of Redneck. Larry's now famous one liners brought the comedian to the attention of audiences nation wide beginning with a dare from friends in 1986 to go onstage. In 2000 Jeff Foxworthy invited Larry to join the Blue Collar Comedy Tour along with Bill Engvall. The tour turned into a highly rated television show called Blue Collar TV. The Cable Guy brings to his audiences knee slapping solutions, opinions and unbarred slant on politics.
April 30th, 2005 – Grand Casino Biloxi, MS
Whoopi is one of America’s best known comediennes. Her wide range of talents include: film, stage, TV, comedy, producing, hosting, and writing. Even saying her name brings a smile. Don’t miss Whoopi telling you like it is.
George Carlin with his Friend Dennis Blair
May 14th, 2005 – Grand Casino Biloxi, MS
George Carlin is a salty stand up comedian with a monologue that flirts with the freedom of speech with strong adult content emphasizing on social commentary and language. For over 40 years Carlin has amused audiences on TV, stage and movies with his frank uninhibited humor. Carlin brings his friend, Dennis Blair to stage with his guitar and plethora of voices and characters combined with his slight depraved sense of humor.
Vickie Lawrence and Mama: A two Woman Show
June 11th, 2005 - Grand Casino Biloxi, MS
Vickie Lawrence, Emmy award winning comedienne, brings Thelma Harper, "Mama" out of the closet and on to the stage. The multi talented Ms Lawrence's Career expands decades of comedy. Vickie joined the cast of the legendary "Carol Burnett Show" as a teenager after winning a Carol Burnett Look Alike Contest. The now 54 year old comedienne is touring the country with performances on Casino stages with "Mama" from the TV series, "Mama's Family". "My new show will not be a retrospective," Vickie explains. "We are designing a show that is a mixture of stand-up comedy, music and my observations about real life." "I think people will get a kick out of the things Mama has an opinion about. We're creating new material with a more modern and cutting edge. Where Mama is concerned, expect the unexpected. There's really nothing she can't do," she says. "I hope people will be pleasantly surprised by a side of Vicki they may never have seen…I know they will be looking forward to Mama, and for her part, that crazy old gal will be up to the challenge.”
June 10th, 2005 - Gold Strike Casino Tunica, MS
Brett Butler from the TV series “Grace Under Fire” returns to her stand up comedy roots. For 23 years Brett has revealed her insight and perception of growing up in the South. As one of today’s most gifted comediennes, she also touches on her failed marriage and today’s politics putting together a show guaranteed to make you belly laugh.
July 2nd, 2005 - Sam's Town Casino Tunica, MS
December 3rd, 2005 - Beau Rivage Casino - Biloxi,MS
You might be a red-neck if you lost a loved one to Kudzu. If you are southern or have ever been in the South or you know someone from the South, you can relate to the wit of Jeff Foxworthy. Jeff’s comedy has left a footprint on Casinos. Aristocrat slot machine manufacture has a slot machine out called “You Just Might Be A Redneck If…” As you spin the reels, the symbols are old whiskey jugs, and some of the characters straight from Foxworthy’s imagination pop up. Not only do you experience bonus rounds with things like a bug zapper but in the machine’s sound is Jeff Foxworthy laughing. You would think a slot machine that laughs at you would not be very popular. Just the opposite, you almost have to make reservations just to play. The slot company knew their “peas and carrots” when they developed this one.
July 8th - 25th, 2005 - Gold Strike Casino Tunica, MS (back by popular demand) Casino audiences have enjoyed Aga- Boom with sold out crowds and encore performances. Four players make up Aga-Boom, with Dimitri and Iryna as the two lead players who were the featured clowns in Cirque du Soleil’s “O” and “Alegria” for 7 years. Audiences enjoy the mix of the circus, mime, comedy and experimental clown theater involving the audience and creating a new standard of comedy. Aga-Boom makes the child in all of us bloom. Aga-Boom is for all audiences. Comedy is about the unexpected and Aga-Boom is a hilarious, unconventional, and totally unexpected show, which can melt even the stiffest of upper lips. Make plans to see Aga-Boom and bring the kids. Borrow one if you need to, kids from 0-99 years old that is.
August 2005 Gold Strike Casino Tunica, MS
"1995 Funniest Male Standup Comic" from the American Comedy Awards. George Wallace, a native of Atlanta, went from being a successful business man to a job writing for "The Red Foxx Show". George is famous for being able to read his audience and has been referred to as "the guy who can roll the room over if it's dead". Day to day moments and his uncanny talent of being able to find humor everywhere. George says, "There is no sex or drug that makes you feel as good as being funny on stage. Nothing is better than comedy. I'd do it for free.....well......" You can find George Wallace on stage in casinos across the country including Las Vegas doing what George like to do best ....making people laugh.
** Disclaimer: Such as Life "Change is Constant". Shows are subject to change or cancellations.
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