Andrew Santino at the Laugh Factory, Plus This & That

Andrew Santino, who will be headlining at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana Las Vegas for a very special comedy weekend beginning Thursday July 19 through Sunday July 22, is currently starring in the very popular Showtime series, “I’m Dying Up Here,” produced by Jim Carey and directed by Jonathan Levine.

Andrew Santino

Santino will share the stage with Sandro Iocolano and Jeremiah Watkins with two shows at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m.

Andrew got his start acting and writing on the final season of “Punk’d” for MTV. Besides “I’m Dying Up Here,” he can also be seen in the feature “The Disaster Artist” starring and directed by James Franco. Previously, Santino was the star of ABC’s comedy “Mixology.”  His Comedy Central Half Hour stand-up special was just released alongside his debut album “Say No More” on Comedy Central Records.

He is also a regular guest on Comedy Central’s @Midnight with Chris Hardwick. He made his stand-up debut on Adam Devine’s HOUSE PARTY and has since performed stand-up on Conan and The Melt Down with Jonah and Kumail. Santino headlined at Montreal’s Just For Laughs comedy festival, as well as SXSW and numerous clubs across the country.

Santino began his writing career on the final season of Punk’d for MTV and guest starred in Adult Swim’sChildren’s Hospital,” Netflix’s “Arrested Development”, HBO’s “Family Tree,”  NBC’s “The Office,”  FX’s “The League,” and Hulu’s “Deadbeat.”

 

THIS AND THAT QUICKLY:

LVMS Front-Stretch Shuttle

Las Vegas Motor Speedway’s new Front-Stretch Shuttle will offer the closest possible drop-off and pick-up location available during the NASCAR South Point 400 weekend.

“We expect Front-Stretch Shuttle to provide the best transit experience we’ve ever had at Las Vegas Motor Speedway,” LVMS President Chris Powell said. “Fans will love the new pick-up and drop-off location at the speedway, and it will make their travel to and from the track virtually worry free. We’re always looking for ways to improve our fan experience at LVMS, and we’re confident Front-Stretch Shuttle will do exactly that.”

With no waiting to load, each patron will have a reserved seat on a climate-controlled luxury motor coach. Front-Stretch Shuttle will travel a dedicated, time-saving route avoiding all highway and Las Vegas Boulevard traffic.

Upon arrival at LVMS, each motor coach will park at the drag strip, within sight of and a very short walk to the main entrance gate. Every rider will receive a premium goodie bag, including an official souvenir program.

Front-Stretch Pickup Locations

Five convenient pick-up points have been established for Front-Stretch Shuttle and will be run by staff trained to assist in dispatch, loading and unloading. Rides will originate from convenient Strip locations at Tropicana, Treasure Island, Planet Hollywood, and Stratosphere, while downtown service is scheduled from Main Street Station.

The following daily departure times have been established for each hotel: Friday, Sept. 14 – 3 p.m. Pacific Time; Saturday, Sept. 15 – 10 a.m.; and Sunday, Sept. 16 – 8 a.m. Boarding will begin 15 minutes prior to the scheduled time of hotel departure.

Each day, one-hour after the checkered flag, Front-Stretch Shuttle will depart LVMS. Under management of a 40-year industry leader and three-time customer service award winner, the cost for Front-Stretch Shuttle’s exclusive three-day round-trip service is $159 per person.

 

World of Westgate 200

The World of Westgate 200 Camping World Truck Series race is set for Friday, with the DC Solar 300 NASCAR Xfinity Series event following on Saturday and the South Point 400 Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series playoff kickoff capping the weekend’s racing on Sunday.

Various ticket packages, fun extras, and special-access passes for LVMS’s second NASCAR weekend of the year are available at www.lvms.com or by calling 1-800-644-4444. Reserve your shuttle seat now!

 

Beginning Monday, July 30, guests will have the opportunity to tour T-Mobile Arena,  3780 Las Vegas Blvd. South, every Monday and Thursday. During the one-hour tour, fans will experience a variety of locations, including exclusive back-of-house areas – all while being provided fun facts, figures and other information about the award-winning arena, its partners, and past events.

T-Mobile Arena

T-Mobile Arena hosts more than 100 events annually including major headline entertainment, awards shows, UFC, boxing, basketball and other sporting events, family shows and special events. In Fall 2017, T-Mobile Arena welcomed the Vegas Golden Knights, a National Hockey League expansion team and the city’s first professional sports team.

The city’s newest landmark, named the “2017 Venue of the Year” by Billboard Touring as well as the “Best New Major Concert Venue” by Pollstar Magazine, features 50 luxury suites, more than two dozen private loge boxes, complete broadcast facilities, and other specially designed exclusive hospitality offerings and fan amenities designed to create a guest experience second to none.   Tickets priced at $25 per person are on-sale now. To purchase, visit www.tmobilearena.com/arena-tours. Must be five years of age or older to attend.

 

Paula-Abdul: STRAIGHT UP PAULA!

Pop superstar and ‘80s icon Paula Abdul is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at Red Rock Resort. The Grammy and Emmy Award-winning pop icon will bring STRAIGHT UP PAULA! Paula Abdul’s 2018 North American Tour to the Red Rock Ballroom Saturday, November 10, 2018 at 8 p.m. Tickets start at $30 and go on sale Friday, July 13, 2018 at 10 a.m.

Paula Julie Abdul is an American singer, songwriter, voice actress, dancer, choreographer, actress and television personality. She began her career as a cheerleader for the Los Angeles Lakers at the age of 18 before rising to prominence in the 1980s as a highly sought choreographer at the height of the music video era. Abdul later scored a string of pop music hits in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Her six number one singles on the Billboard Hot 100 tie her with Diana Ross for seventh among the female solo performers who have topped the chart. She won a Grammy for “Best Music Video – Short Form” forOpposites Attract” and twice won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Choreography“.

 

After her initial period of success, she saw renewed fame and success as an original judge on American Idol in the 2000s, which she left after the eighth season. She went on to star on CBS‘s short-lived television series Live to Dance, which lasted one season in 2011, and was subsequently a judge on the first season of the American version of The X Factor along with her former American Idol co-judge Simon Cowell, the creator and producer of the show. She was also a guest judge on the All-Stars edition of Dancing with the Stars in 2012 and the tenth season of So You Think You Can Dance in 2013, and more recently became a permanent judge for that series along with the Australian version of the show for its 2014 revival.

Tickets to STRAIGHT UP PAULA! Paula Abdul’s 2018 North American Tour are $30, $50, $70, and $90, plus tax, and applicable fees for reserved seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. and guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. All tickets go on sale Friday, July 13 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging onto www.stationcasinoslive.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com. For exclusive ticket pre-sale information connect with Red Rock Resort on Twitter @RedRockCasino and Facebook.

 

Billy Gardell

Renowned comedian and Emmy-nominated actor Billy Gardell is returning to Las Vegas for a special performance at the Grand Events Center inside Green Valley Ranch Resort on Saturday, August 11 at 8 p.m.

As a stand-up comic, Gardell took the long road to Hollywood, stopping at every small-town lounge, military base, and comedy club along the way. His comedy act took him to Los Angeles, where his dedication to acting, along with touring as a stand-up comedian, allowed him to grow consistently in both arenas. His stand-up show is a powerhouse. His grounded, down-to-earth point of view strikes a strong chord with American audiences. Stories about his rough childhood, wild adolescence and new family life are executed with the skill of a master craftsman. His comedy specials, Billy Gardell: Halftime, premiered on Comedy Central and Billy Gardell Presents Road Dogs premiered on Showtime.

 

Gardell starred in the CBS Hit television series, “Mike & Molly” as Officer Mike Biggs from 2010-2016, which continues to air in syndication to this day. As a follow-up to the hit CBS series, Billy has taken a dramatic turn in the CMT series Sun Records as Colonel Tom Parker, the infamous manager of Elvis Presley. The drama series was inspired by the Broadway musical. In 2016 he received a Daytime Emmy nomination as Best Gameshow Host for Monopoly Millionaires Club.

 

Tickets for Billy Gardell are $25, $35, $45, and $55 plus tax and applicable fees for reserved seating. Doors open at 7 p.m. and guests under 21 years must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center and The Fiestas, by logging onto www.stationcasinoslive.com or through Ticketmaster at (800) 745-3000 or www.ticketmaster.com

 

Well, gang, that’s about it for this week.

I’m outa here!

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