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Heather McDonald on Rice Balls, RV Trips to Vegas and Awkward Photos

The comedian plays the Sands Showroom this weekend.

Heather McDonald
Heather McDonald

We've enlisted comedians, some based here and others who spend their time on the road and come through Vegas, to share their recommendations on great places to dine in Sin City for a feature dubbed Comedian Confidential.

Comedian Heather McDonald is probably best known for her appearances on E!’s Chelsea Lately and has become the breakout star on After Lately. She also wrote for MTV’s Lyricist Lounge and has appeared on Frasier, Malcolm in the Middle, Reno 911, and Watching Ellie. On Saturday night, she performs at the Sands Showroom as part of Lipshtick — The Perfect Shade of Stand Up at the Venetian. Here she talks about her first trip to Vegas her affinity for rice balls and where you can find her after the show.

How often do you get to Las Vegas?
I get to Las Vegas about four times a year mostly to perform or for appearances, but every time I come I have a better time than before.

Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
My first trip to Vegas was when I was 18 and came with my parents in a RV. Yes, my more recent trips have been better.

Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
My favorite restaurant is Lavo. I die for the rice balls. We are going there this weekend.

Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Yes, people approach me and I always take photos with them. Once, when I was asked to take a photo, I fluffed my hair and posed next to the stranger only for her to then hand me her phone and say, "No, can you take the picture of us?" Awkward.

What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
Yes, I always party after my Vegas shows. Nightclubs are my jam. I love to rip it and dance and bottle service makes me a much better dancer. My favorite clubs are Tao and Drai's.

What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
The most shocking thing that happened in Vegas was when my son was handed a flyer for girls to be sent to his room while we were walking on the strip. At the time, I was pushing him in his stroller.