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 Rick D’Elia has been a recurring sketch performer on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. His keen observational humor and quick wit lead him to the finals in the San Francisco Comedy Competition. D’Elia has appeared on television shows such as Comedy Central’s Stand-up Standing-up, Comedians Unleashed and UPN’s Grand Slam Comedy Jam. He has headlined numerous clubs all across the country and entertained troops in Japan, Korea, Bahrain, and Germany. Now through Sunday, he headlines the Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
I come to Vegas immediately after I've done a liver cleanse and when I have an extra $400 to blow on prostitution. So about six to eight times a year.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
My first trip to Vegas was in October 1995 I got to open up for Judy Tenuta in the Copa Room at the Sands. Two months later they tore it down so at least I got to say that I performed where the Rat Pack once worked. It was legendary; I have goosebumps.I still get them now when I think about it.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
Yeah, I I love the box lunch at the Spearmint Rhino.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Only waiters and maitre d's when I'm sneaking out without paying the check. I'm not famous. No one knows who I am. When I'm at a restaurant I only get approached by the bus boy who asks if I want more bread sticks or water.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
I know this sounds pretty generic but I speak for 90 percent of the male comedians out there. After the show we just get drunk and hit on the waitress...or waiter if that's your thing.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
You always hear that prostitution is legal in Vegas, I was shocked to find out that you have to drive at least 45 minutes outside the city limits to get you some of that.
What can we expect at your show?
I guarantee there will be laughter, tears and everyone's cheeks will be sore, and not just the cheeks on your face.