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.
Dat Phan, who won the original Last Comic Standing on NBC, brings a culturally insightful show using his youthful energy and unique life experiences. Phan has been featured shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Tyra Banks Show, Cellular and Family Guy. He performs at the Improv at Harrah’s through Saturday night. Here he talks about tourists walking around with giant alcohol vessels and where he likes to dine in Las Vegas.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
A few times a year; usually for work. Does the airport count? I think it should, seeing as it has slot machines too!
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
My first real Vegas trip, as an adult was when I was competing for Last Comic Standing. All my early memories of Vegas come down to that TV show and competition.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
I used to visit The Range at Harrahs a lot. In addition, I usually hit up Pho Kim Long. No, that isn't a euphemism for something dirty! It's a 24-hour Vietnamese pho restaurant that has some pretty amazing dishes.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Sometimes they do. I'm shocked that they recognize me, because I'm wearing a baseball cap. I'm also a bit shocked because I forget that I'm that "Dat Phan comedian guy." I usually get quite hungry after the show.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
After burning so much energy on stage, the first thing after a show is food. After that it is usually late-night TV, which consists of Star Trek and Medium.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
That people are able to drink thermometers and guitars full of alcohol on the streets. They just walk around in 110 degree weather with giant margaritas around their necks.
What can we expect at your show?
High energy, laughter, and an all-around good time. People genuinely want to have a good time and if there is any city to do that in, it is definitely Vegas.