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.
"Whirling dervish" Arnez J. brings his high-energy stand-up routine to the Suncoast Showroom on Nov. 1-2. The Atlanta native has appeared on Showtime's Comedy Club Network and BET’s longest-running comedy series Comic View for two seasons, joining the ranks of former hosts D.L. Hughley and Cedric the Entertainer. Here he talks about his first trip to Vegas, where he likes to unwind after his show and where you’re most likely to find him dining while he’s in town.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
Not often enough. I would probably say maybe two to three times a year. Not because I don’t want to get there but because I’m on the road so much that it is hard for me to get there.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
My first trip to Vegas was when I was a flight attendant. I went with a friend to see what Vegas was about. It was one of the first trips that I took on my buddy pass. It was great! I won $4,000 and flew home, came back the next weekend and lost. But that is when I realized why they call Vegas "Sin City."
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
I love the restaurant in the Bellagio. Vegas has good food period but my favorite is the Café Bellagio. I know there are many more that I want to experience, I just have not gotten the chance.
Do people approach you while you’re dining out?
Yes, they do. But you know, I like quiet time but I have to remember that these are the same fans that got me where I am so I don’t mind it. I enjoy it, I think I would be upset if they didn’t approach me.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
You know, honestly, I’m not really the nightlife guy. After a show I’m winding down because I’m so physical. My winding down would be to go to the craps tables, that’s how I get my fun out.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
How hot it really was. How hot it could really get. Vegas is a different type of heat. I love humidity but I hate dry heat. When you walk down the street and smell burnt pork chops, but it’s just your skin, that’s heat!
What can we expect from your show?
Total fun! Anarchy! I would just say I make you forget any problems you have for an hour and a half. That’s my job.