A towering force of comedy, Erik Griffin is most recognizable as the mustachioed star Showtime’s dark-comedy series “I’m Dying Up Here!” that wrapped its second season, and hopefully will be returning for a third season. Griffin is appearing this weekend at the Laugh Factory inside the Tropicana Las Vegas with two special performances at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. through Sunday. Helping to bring the laughter to a high pitch will be Malcom Hatchett with Jay Davis hosting.
Eric had previously been a featured as Montez Walker on the hit Comedy Central series “Workaholics,” which recently wrapped its seventh and final season. The Showtime hit premiered on June 4, , and is based on the book by former L.A. Times writer William Knoedelseder. The fictionalized series is set in the celebrated yet infamous L.A. stand-up comedy scene of the ’70s, and co-stars Melissa Leo, Al Madrigal and Ari Graynor, under executive producer Jim Carrey.
Previous television credits include a recurring role on the Starz! comedy “Blunt Talk” with Patrick Stewart, Netflix’s “One Day at a Time,” FXs “You’re the Worst,” and Fox’s “Bob’s Burgers,” “Arrested Development,” and Nickelodeon’s “Harvey Breaks.”
Distinguished as a nationally touring comedian who headlines comedy clubs and colleges nearly every weekend, Griffin’s comedy is immortalized on his debut comedy album, “Technical Foul: Volume One,” and his Comedy Central Presents half-hour stand-up special.
Griffin started his career in comedy after making the decision in 2003 to quit his day job and pursue comedy full-time. He first gained national exposure in Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” NBCs “Last Comic Driving,” Showtime’s “Comics Without Borders,” nationally syndicated “Comics Unleashed,” and performing on the ALMA Award-nominated “Payaso Comedy Slam” on Showtime and Comedy Central networks.
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The hugely-successful I LOVE THE ’90s TOUR will have a permanent home on the Las Vegas Strip when it opens at Paris Las Vegas Friday, Oct. 12. This 90-minute, immersive dance party will feature a live DJ, nostalgic video content, dancers and more, giving audiences the opportunity to rediscover the music that influenced and defined a generation and contributed to making the ‘90s a decade to remember. A rotating lineup of crowd favorites will headline the Las Vegas shows, with Salt-N-Pepa, Rob Base and All-4–One kicking off the residency. Other artists confirmed to take part in this unbelievable live experience include Sugar Ray’s Mark McGrath, Kid ’n Play and Dru Hill.
The opening line-up along with Dru Hill’s Sisqó treated surprised Paris Las Vegas guests to a pop-up performance inside the center-Strip casino last night. Hundreds of fans gathered to see the unexpected appearance which was accompanied by an announcement of the show’s October Las Vegas debut.
The I LOVE THE ’90s TOUR kicked off in 2016, quickly racking up hundreds of shows across the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand. In just two years, the tour has become one of the most sought-after live events, selling out arenas and tickets worldwide with its rotating lineup of the ’90s’ most iconic acts.
To celebrate more than 150 shows at the Tropicana Las Vegas, Purple Reign, the world’s #1 Prince tribute show announces customers can save 40 percent on all tickets purchased exclusively on TicketBat.com with the promo code: LETSGOCRAZY.
The limited time offer applies to general admission, mezzanine, VIP, and preferred tickets purchased at TicketBat.com. The award-winning Prince tribute show, starring Jason Tenner who brings the legendary singer-songwriter to life, entertains audiences with a high-energy musical performance inside the Tropicana Theater six days a week, Tuesday through Sunday at 9 p.m.
Purple Reign: The Prince Tribute Show, presented by Reign Entertainment Productions, Inc., in partnership with Red Mercury Entertainment, captures the imagination and seamlessly recreates the blistering performances and raw energy of Prince, returning guests to the era that made “The Artist” an international superstar. Featuring a tribute by Morris Day and The Time, along with Vanity 6, this show is a must-see for Purple Rain movie fans and all live music fans alike.
From humble beginnings in small UNLV college clubs to late night T.V., Purple Reign has risen to international acclaim and recognition as the world’s #1 Prince Tribute. On Nov. 17, 2008, it became the first ever tribute/impersonator act to appear as the musical guest on Late Show with David Letterman, which was chosen by CBS and Late Show to ring in the New Year and re-aired Jan. 1, 2009, at 12:15 a.m. (New Year’s Eve) less than 45 days later, making it the first musical performance of 2009 on Letterman. Since then, Purple Reign has won multiple awards as “Best Tribute Act” and “Best Impersonator” in Las Vegas.
Jimmy Buffett and the Coral Reefer Band will perform with special guest Boz Scaggs at MGM Grand Garden Arena for one night only, Saturday, Oct. 20 at 7 p.m., as part of Jimmy Buffett’s “Son Of A Son Of A Sailor” Tour 2018.
The change is due to Huey Lewis cancelling all future performances this year, including Huey Lewis’ MGM October engagement, because of serious damage to his hearing.
Local Parrotheads won’t want to miss their chance to soak in the full Margaritaville experience. Jimmy released his famous Son Of A Son Of A Sailor LP in 1978 and sang the title track on Saturday Night Live that year. The song was written about his grandfather, James Delaney Buffett, Sr., who was a huge influence on his life. This year is the record’s 40th anniversary and in celebration of that, the summer tour is called Son Of A Son Of A Sailor. The record also includes the hit “Cheeseburger In Paradise,” a Parrothead favorite, as well as “Livingston Saturday Night” and “Cowboy in the Jungle.”
The long-awaited Margaritaville musical, “Escape to Margaritaville,” had its world premiere in La Jolla, California, and has made pre-Broadway stops in New Orleans, Houston, and Chicago. It opened on Broadway in New York at the Marquis Theatre on March 15, 2018. The original Broadway cast recording of the musical was recently released.
The family of Las Vegan Neysa Tonks, who lost her life at Route 91, will gather with friends, extended family and supporters to announce the establishment of a college scholarship fund to provide college tuition to eligible children under age 21 of those killed on Oct. 1, 2017 at the largest mass shooting in U.S. history. Tonks’ parents, Chris, and Debbie Davis, along with sister, Mynda Smith, are working closely with Nevada Community Foundation to create and administer the fund as a lasting legacy to Tonks, who despite her professional success in the technology industry did not attend college.
The event will take place this Friday July 27, 2018 (Neysa’s 47th birthday) at 10:30 a.m. at Hospitality Hall (HOS) at UNLV, https://www.unlv.edu/maps/campus/HOS. Reserved parking In Lot N, 931 East Harmon Ave., Las Vegas, NV 89119. “Nothing was more important to Neysa than seeing her own three sons go to college, said Tonks’ father, Chris Davis. “That’s why establishing a scholarship fund for the offspring of those whose lives were lost on that fateful night was an easy decision for our family. By ensuring these kids have the opportunity to attend college or a trade school of their choice, we are honoring Neysa while also helping their families.”
“Neysa had a larger than life personality and selflessly mentored and helped others,” said her mother, Debbie Davis. “After Neysa’s passing, dozens of people came forward to share with us their stories of how she impacted their lives in ways, that while not surprising, were astonishing even to us. She was fiercely focused on ensuring her own kids studied hard, got good grades and put college in their plans because of her own experience. Inspiring the children of those who lost their lives at Route 91 to go to college is a powerful extension of her commitment to her own kids.”
According to the family who has been working diligently to track down and communicate with all 57 other families, 51 eligible children in multiple states have been identified to date. Chris Davis, who stepped in immediately after his daughter’s death to help his grandson apply
for college, knows first-hand the stress that higher education can put on a family. “If we are able to help alleviate some of the financial burden of college for these families whose lives have been forever altered, we have accomplished our goal, while simultaneously honoring our daughter and keeping her dream alive in an even bigger way.”
Donations can be made at https://www.gofundme.com/children-of-the-58. For questions, or for companies or individuals who prefer to work directly with Nevada Community Foundation, contact the Foundation at 702-892-2326 or online at www.nevadacf.org.
Well, gang, that’s it for this week.
I’m outa here!