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.
Screenwriter Don McEnery has a laid-back style, quick wit and clever material that have kept audiences laughing for more than 20 years. McEnery was nominated for an Emmy for his writing on Seinfeld and co-wrote the Disney movie Hercules and A Bug's Life. This week, he’s the featured comedian at the Improv at Harrah’s. Here he talks about Vegas’ secret badminton games, unwinding at the poker table and getting women in his hotel room.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
I come to Vegas as often as a comedy club will give me the gig. And once a year I drive four hours, pull up in front of the Bellagio, watch the water ballet, then hop back in the car and drive home.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
My first trip to Vegas was in 1980 something. Having never been there, I had no idea of the effect of dry heat. So I went for my daily walk and 40 minutes later I almost passed out from dehydration. I had no idea I was sweating, seeing as how my sweat dried up as it formed. I learned a big lesson... Never go outside during the day.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
Not really. I never go out at night when I'm in town because I'm working at night. I used to go to the steak house at Harrah's, but it's been replaced by Ruth Chris, which I'm sure is a fine restaurant in its own right.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Yes. They ask me to keep the slurping down.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
I've had enough nightlife for one lifetime. I unwind at the poker table. My only life outside the casino is playing badminton once or twice a week. Most people don't know this, but Vegas is a big badminton town. Now it's no longer a secret.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
That there is a large contingent of people who are trying their best to get a woman to my room in 20 minutes.
What can we expect at your show?
Well, first thing, you can expect me to be there. That's the least I can do. But seriously folks, I think you can expect some laughs, and that's the most I can do.