Weekender: Have a few laughs, experience ‘Texas’ in Vegas and more

After a brief hiatus, Brad Garrett's Comedy Club has returned!


The Brad Garrett Comedy Club is back, but it’s got a new home: the MGM Grand. The new club features established comedians and up-and-coming acts. Brad Garrett, Ralph Harris, Michael Somerville and Geechy Guy mark the debut lineup for the new BGCC . Tickets start at $46.40 with shows at 8 and 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, and 8 p.m. on Sunday.

“Vegas! The Show” takes decades of iconic Vegas entertainment history and combines them into one amazing experience. Rather than emulate the performances of Vegas entertainers of the past like a tribute show, “Vegas! The Show” instead celebrates these entertainers and what they might be like if they were around in the modern day. Tickets start at $59.99 with show times daily at 7 and 9 p.m. “Le Reve,” French for “The Dream,” is indeed a dreamlike experience. Famed theater director Franco Dragone has created a wonderful show with acrobatic, dancing and aquatic elements, featuring exotic and mysterious characters. The circular theater ensures that there’s no bad seat in the house. Tickets start at $115.50, with show times Friday through Tuesday at 7 and 9:30 p.m.

“Phantom – The Las Vegas Spectacular” has been captivating audiences since it debuted in 2006. With the show’s run ending in September, it’s a great time to catch this version of the classic Broadway musical while you still can. A custom theater, elaborate sets and special effects make the Vegas production stand out from any other. Tickets start at $81, with the showtimes at 7 p.m. every day but Sunday, with an extra 9:30 show Saturday and Monday.

You’ve probably seen David Copperfield on TV, but you can catch him in person at the Hollywood Theatre at the MGM Grand at 7 and 9:30 p.m. nightly, plus at 4 p.m. on Saturday. You can see his knack for larger-than-life illusions up close and personal. Tickets start at $85.94.

The Icons of Comedy series at the Riviera presents Gilbert Gottfried this weekend, nightly through Sunday at 10:30 p.m. Tickets start at $32.99.

“The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas” opens at the Plaza Hotel and Casino on Saturday night, bringing the award-winning Broadway production to Downtown Las Vegas. Tickets start at $59.95, with showings daily at 5 p.m.

Ron White, the cigar-smoking, scotch-drinking funny man behind “You can’t fix stupid,” comes to the Terry Fator Theatre at the Mirage Friday and Saturday night at 10 p.m. Tickets start at $85.94.

Comedian and actor John Pinette comes to Las Vegas Friday and Saturday, delivering his standup act at The Orleans Showroom. Tickets start at $33.

Nightlife and Clubs

Busta Rhymes is the special guest at Tao Nightclub at the Venetian on Thursday night.

Fergie celebrates her birthday at 1 OAK Friday night, with a special set by DJ Karma.

Marquee resident Benny Benassi comes to The Cosmopolitan for a set on Friday night. On Saturday Paul Oakenfold spins.

Saturday night, rapper J-Cole performs live at Haze, which will also be the spot to catch many celebrities from the Michael Jordan Celebrity Invitational Golf Tournament hosted by Aria this weekend.

Electronic music superstar Tiësto spins at XS Saturday night.

Special Events

Hungry? You’ll be able to celebrate National Hot Dog Day at PBR Rock Bar at the Miracle Mile Shops. Their entire menu of hot dogs will be priced at $5, including the bacon and cheese dog, chili cheese dog and the Reuben dog.

The Extreme Thing action sports and music festival returns Saturday for the 17th year. Catch a lineup of rock, rap and electronic artists and watch some of the most exciting BMX and extreme sports this town has to offer. The festival takes place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Desert Breeze Park, 8275 Spring Mountain Rd.