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Allan Havey is considered by some as one of the best stand-ups working today. With appearances on television shows such as The Office, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Louie and more, Havey has made his mark in the comedy world. In addition to his many TV appearances, he has worked on numerous films, featured on many comedy shows and hosted Night After Night with Allan Havey, which became a cult classic. He performs at the Improv at Harrah’s through Saturday night. Here he talks about his first, rather bizarre and incomprehensible trip to Las Vegas, how he hangs out in parking garages to relax after a show and the first thing that shocked him in Las Vegas.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
I get to Vegas about four times a year. Anytime I break the leash or hop the fence, I'm here.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
I first discovered Vegas in the late 1800s while taking a wagon train to California. I spotted the bright lights "way out yonder" but the wagon master didn't believe me.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
Love Grimaldi's for pizza. Also the Oyster Bar at Harrah's. Best chowder in the world.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Sometimes. Most of them are nice. If they get too chatty I hand them my bill.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
I like to hit the parking garages and watch people try to squeeze into a small space. It makes me happy.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
I don't mind children, but, dealing blackjack? It slows down the game when they count with their fingers.
What can we expect at your show?
Fun times. Lots of laughs. No children or flying squirrels.