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By Dianne R. Davis
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Queens of Tart Entertain at Big Al’s Comedy Club at Orleans


What happens when three women know as the Queens of Tart share the stage at a Vegas comedy club?  Like we have to tell you!  Anna Lane, Jody Ferdig, and Lang Parker tell it like it is for a single woman. They tell it like is was as well.  Especially at the late show at Big Al’s Comedy Club at the Orleans.  As they say, “nothing is too dirty.”

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Anna, a San Francisco Bay area native, has come a long way since she began entertaining at age six, telling jokes to her stuffed animals.  Now this she’s-so-thin-I- hate-her girl is looking for the male animal to keep her happy.  She  considers herself a modern woman. “I don’t do laundry or cook.”  Her mother urged her to have children, she tells us.  Anna said she wanted to wait until her career took off.  “Better freeze some eggs,” her mom said.

Next up was the red-headed Jody who has a problem with masturbation.  “I never finish anything I start!”  Remember, I said late show.  Jody worked her way through the Houston outlaw comedy circuit before tackling Hollywood. She’s opened for numerous comedy legends, including Rodney Dangerfield, Dave Chappelle, Ron White, George Lopez, Margaret Cho, and Ralphie May. She co-starred in the award-winning documentary “Red, White and B****” about life as a female comic, performed on SITV’s “Funny is Funny,” and has been featured on “My Life on the D-List” with Kathy Griffin.

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Last up is the very animated Lang Parker, a native of Wisconsin.  Lang admits to looking like she might have an alternative lifestyle, explains that she is not a lesbian, and then launches into a routine with talk about her sex life.  Referring to her anatomy, she suggests that she’s looking for, “something to fill my garage.”  Late show folks, late show.  Lang came to national attention on “Last Comic Standing.”  She’s appeared in more than two dozen national commercials and was crowned California’s Funniest Female in 2008.

Following their individual routines, these ladies actually risk reading questions from audience members.  I’m not even going to share the questions or answers.  However, I will say that or answers.  Nope.  They did confess to having two questions in reserve, “in case of a slow night”, but they’ve never had to use them.

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The Queens of Tart will be entertaining audience through August 28.  Big Al’s Comedy Club headliner show times are Thursday at 7:30 p.m., and Friday and Saturday at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m. Every Sunday from 9 to 11:30 p.m. is open mic night, with no cover charge.


Tickets are on sale now and are priced at $39.95 and $49.95, plus tax and convenience fees. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Box Office at 702.365.7075, or by visiting www.orleanscasino.com.

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