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Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018|2 a.m.
I’m in my early 40s, which indicates I was a teenager in the early 1990s. For somebody my age at that time, anything crucial that occurred in pop culture took place on “The Arsenio Hall Program.” It was a huge offer.
Among the most unforgettable moments throughout the hip late-night talk program’s five-year run can be found in June of 1992, when governmental candidate Bill Clinton tossed on a set of shades and played sax with Hall’s band. It sounds a bit goofy today, but Hall’s soaring TELEVISION scores helped present Clinton to a more youthful audience that assisted put him in office.
Hall, likewise an actor and comedian who returns to Las Vegas to perform for the first time in years this weekend, informed me about how he had another encounter with Clinton that was just as remarkable.
” He was going to a soccer game and he provided me a call– well, you understand, you go through a few people then he finally gets on the phone– and asked if I wanted to go,” says Hall. “I opted for him, and at one point during the game he turns to me and says, ‘Don’t you ever believe I forgot that you’re partly accountable for me being president. I will always remember.’ It was the coolest thing.”
Hall provided late-night TV another shot on CBS four years ago but only lasted one season. “When I left late night it was me and Johnny [Carson] and Dave [Letterman], and when I came back there were 9 white men called Jimmy,” he jokes. “However it’s all timing. Perhaps since I’m a comic I blame everything on timing, but that’s the word.”
Now he’s a self-proclaimed empty-nester, with a boy away at college, which has actually prompted a go back to the stand-up comedy arena. Hall is a distinct popular comic since he’s not actually popular as a comic. “I wish to do the things I never ever did as a boy due to the fact that I never got to hit the clubs and theaters and perform for people who come just to see you,” he states. “I stayed in L.A. since I wanted to be a TV star. This is a whole different video game and I’m enjoying it. I keep informing my representative: Always remember, I was not well-known the last time I did this. I played at Caesars opening for Patti LaBelle, and under her name in small little letters it stated ‘Arsenio Hall,’ and I believe individuals thought that was the name of the location she was playing.”
He’s planning to get around as much as possible, ideally consisting of return journeys to Las Vegas. “I utilized to believe in Las Vegas, it always appeared like individuals [in the audience] closest to you were provided tickets and they weren’t really fans, so I thought it wasn’t the best location for stand-up,” he says. “But I concerned see somebody work recently and now I believe that’s not necessarily real. People pertain to Vegas because they require a break for some factor, and I want to be that break.”
Arsenio Hall performs at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 3, at the Orleans Display Room (4500 W. Tropicana Ave., 702-365-7111), and more info can be found at orleanscasino.com.