The Laugh Factory celebrated its Las Vegas grand opening at the Tropicana Las Vegas on Wednesday night. To ring in the celebratory night, guests enjoyed a pre-show cocktail reception, followed by headliner Paul Rodriguez and special guest comedians.
Comedy-loving celebrities packed the red carpet, including: Tia Carrere of “Dancing with the Stars: Live in Las Vegas,” magician Murray Sawchuck, hypnotist Marc Savard, Playboy Playmate Laura Croft, the ladies of “Fantasy” at the Luxor, the gents from “Thunder from Down Under” at the Excalibur, Cheaza of “Peepshow” at Planet Hollywood Resort, Miss Nevada Alana Lee, Skye Miles, Recycled Percussion and more.
The showroom was packed and the room buzzing as Paul Rodriguez, along with Laugh Factory owner Jamie Masada and partner Harry Basil, welcomed everyone for coming to the momentous night. Rodriguez then kicked off the laughs, poking fun at his Vegas habits, childhood traumas, and Latin culture.
Following Rodriguez, former “America’s Got Talent” contestant Dave Burleigh brought out his best impressions of Owen Wilson, Vince Vaughn and Snoop Dogg. Strip headliner and comedic icon George Wallace surprised the crowd as he took the stage next. No one was safe as he touched on Las Vegas locals, tourists, but his coup de grâce were his unyielding “yo mama” jokes, initiated by Jamie Masada, who called out Wallace’s mother.
Ron Pearson closed the night with his blend of comedy and juggling. Hopefully Miss Nevada wasn’t too traumatized when she assisted the comedian in a daring act that involved a large unicycle, juggling and a spinning ball. Masada closed the night, promising to provide nothing but great comedians and lots of laughs to a city that opens its arms to comedy.
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