Current and uncommon Vegas appearances by leading funny names like Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock might suggest there’s a funny boom taking place here. In reality, there’s a Vegas boom happening; the Strip has built enough top-tier locations to accommodate the greatest names in any category of live home entertainment.
One of those rooms, the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, definitely wasn’t built for stand-up performances. However in between its ideal environment and a diverse slate of reservations, it might be the most grand location for huge laughs on the Strip.
“I don’t think there was ever a mindful decision to do more funny, however we want to do more [at the venue],” says Bobby Reynolds, senior VP of entertainment at AEG, the special booker at the Colosseum. “With the local artists therein, it’s a congested calendar, which is a great issue to have. It would be challenging to generate a band, for instance, throughout Celine Dion’s run, moving and filling up all that equipment. A comedian generally needs a stool and a mic. So all of a sudden, we have another sold-out show on a Friday or a Sunday night, frequently with an iconic artist.”
Jerry Seinfeld (June 17 and 18) is at the top of the Colosseum’s comedy roster, but the location has included more icons this year with return performances by Steve Martin & & Martin Short (July 23, August 25 and October 29). Strip stalwart Jeff Dunham is always in the mix, and rising funny stars Jim Gaffigan and Sebastian Maniscalco– the latter set to make his Colosseum debut in October– bring more variety to the fun at Caesars.
“Funny has actually constantly been in demand,” Reynolds says. “Chappelle and Rock have actually been selling out venues for over a years. With Steve Martin and Martin Short, a lot more believed went into scheduling that and producing a new model for that program, and it has a lot to do with the Colosseum [being] the classiest room in the area. I’m biased, however as an entertainment location, there’s simply a wow element when you stroll into that place, and that’s the same whether you’re Elton John or Reba McEntire or Sebastian Maniscalco.”