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 Jim McCue calls himself Boston’s King of Crowd Work. He’s probably best known for his ability to work off-script and keep the audiences on their collective toes. McCue blends thought-provoking material and uncanny improv skills with a style that encourages audience participation. He has been featured on Comedy Central, Comcast Comedy Spotlight, NBC’s Last Comic Standing and Roughing It on New England Sports Network. He performs at the Improv at Harrah’s through Saturday night. Here McCue talks about old school restaurants in Vegas and bossing people around in a toga.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
Around twice a year. If I go out more, they realize I'm a dice counter. (Always two)
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
Yes, it was a week working with Boston legends Jimmy Dunn and Lenny Clarke at the Riviera.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
Yes, the Oyster Bar at Harrah's and the Golden Steer for old school steak.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
They always want my autograph but they try to play it off with that old we're having trouble with this credit card gag.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
I like to put on toga and boss people around at Ceasars.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
That you could be walking down the street with your daughter, mother and wife and someone will still try to hand you a hooker card. I was surprised because I don't have a daughter.
What can we expect at your show?
I like to interact with the audience so every show is different. The Improv is a great club so plan on laughing until your stomach aches. Then after the show I will try to sell you autographed antacid.