By Dianne R. Davis
Photos by Dianne R. Davis or Burt Davis
Grandma Lee is offering her comedic outlook on life at Bonkerz Comedy Club in Palace Station. Be warned – she is not your typical grandma. Keep the kids away. Her routine is peppered with the F bomb and a few other expletives. Hey, it’s Vegas. That’s almost mandatory. While she isn’t really suitable for children, her stone faced routine will have you laughing.
Grandma gained notoriety on last season’s America’s Got Talent, won by Kevin Skinner. What a great treat I had when Kevin showed up at the show the evening I saw it and took the stage to entertain us with a few songs. The two have become good friends since their very successful shared experience on the hit TV show.
Do you have someone you’d like to get even with? Grandma suggests you advertise their car for sale or put an ad in the paper for a garage sale at their house. Say that early birds get a special discount. That’s Grandma’s way. When I saw the production in July, she asked for a show of hands of people who admit that they pee in the shower. She called the rest liars.
Somehow the routine, coming from the mouth of a woman in her 70’s takes on a different character. She talks about small mammary glands and BJs. “There’s no such thing as a bad one.” She even discusses a stimulus package, and you know we aren’t talking politics. “Some packages just can’t be stimulated,” she tells the audience.
The evening I was there Carmen Vallone opened for Grandma, giving a balance to the evening.
Grandma Lee started doing comedy when she was already qualified for AARP. She’s an inspiration to people to follow their dreams at any point in life. But that’s not a reason to see her. Go see Grandma Lee at Bonkerz in Palace Station because she is funny.
Grandma Lee will be performing at Bonkerz Comedy Club, Monday through Saturday at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $34.95. Station Casinos hotel guests and locals with a valid Nevada ID receive a $15 discount. Doors open one hour before showtime and guests must be 18 years or older. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas or by calling (702) 547-5300 or log onto www.stationcasinos.com.
Greg London Brings Talent and Fun to Strip
Greg London’s Icons stars a personable talented entertainer who is now where he wants to be – on the Las Vegas Strip. London has moved his critically acclaimed show into the Mardi Gras Showroom at the Riviera Hotel after two and a half years at Harrah’s in Reno.
As ZZ Top
Impressionists come and go in Sin City, but I expect this one to stay well beyond his one year contract. The subjects of his impressions are fairly standard, including Johnny Cash, Joe Cocker, Dean Martin, and Louis Armstrong.
His ZZ Top was delightful and William Shatner was out of this world. (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Then he paired Willie Nelson and Julio Iglesias.
But wait, how many impressionists do you know who put together Ozzie Osbourne and Kermit. It’s not surprising to learn that this charming multi-talented performer was voted Nevada Magazine’s 2009 Entertainer of the Year.
As Ozzy Osbourne with Kermit
Greg’s back up dancers, Amy Geldhof, Christine Richards and Sarah Jessica Rhodes, add the pre-requisite eye candy, but are refreshingly all American types. London’s life story acts as the thread which takes us along his more than three dozen impressions, His guitarist Danny Leoni brings an additional comic touch to the act.
Along with Barry Manilow, Sammy Davis, and Neal Diamond, no impressionist in Vegas can dare to forget Elvis. Don’t worry, Greg London will give you Elvis with Satisfaction.
When I spoke with Greg after his show, he told me that, “I never planned on being an impressionist.” His grandfather was a trumpet player in West End shows in London, and Greg planned to follow in his footsteps. Lucky for us, he realized his true calling and found his way to the Vegas strip.
Greg was thrilled when the Queen Victoria Pub opened in the Riviera with a menu which includes many traditional English dishes. Fans will be able to find him there most nights after the show. He looks forward to chatting with the fans there as he enjoys a taste London home where he lived for some time.
Greg loves doing impressions, but ultimately, he says, “I’m a singer who does a show about impressions.” What’s his dream, I asked. “To be successful, “ he said, “to be the next great entertainer.
Greg London wants people to know that down at the end of the strip is a darn good show that will appeal to all ages. “Greg London’s ICONS - Entertaining the World One Impression at a Time” runs Wednesday – Sunday at 7 p.m. in the Mardi Gras Showroom at The Riviera (2901 Las Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada). Regular ticket prices are $39.99, $59.99 (preferred seating) and $69.99 (VIP) before applied discounts. All prices are base plus tax and fee. For more information, call The Riviera Box Office toll free at (877) 892-7469 or visit www.rivierahotel.com