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.
Musician and comedian Henry Phillips is known for his twisted songs and stories. He received an Audience Award in the Slamdance Film Festival in 2009 for his film Punching the Clown. Phillips has been featured on shows such as Jimmy Kimmel Live and Comedy Central Presents, as well as the nationally syndicated radio show "Bob and Tom." He performs at the Improv at Harrah’s through Saturday night. Here Phillips talks about his first trip to Las Vegas, why he likes Battista's Hole in the Wall and being mistaken for Kato Kaelin.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
About three times a year. Sometimes four if I accidentally miss my exit.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
Yes, it was amazing. The first time I played blackjack I won $300. For a moment I thought Vegas was some place where they just gave away free money. I would later realize I was wrong.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
Yes, Battista’s Hole in the Wall, Italian food. They have a picture of John Travolta on the wall. I don’t know if that’s because he eats there, or if they just really like John Travolta, but either way, that's good enough for me!
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Once I had a table of Japanese people think I was Kato Kaelin.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
Absolutely! I like to go out and drink beers and try to meet some ladies. The drinking beers part is working very well.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
Once I saw Mickey Mouse handing out flyers for a trip joint. But I was most shocked to find that the employees at the Hooters Casino had more clothes on than anywhere else. They looked like Mormons.
What can we expect at your show?
I like to say that I have one foot in the music door, and one foot in the comedy door. So I’m not really getting anywhere, I’m just humping the wall between the two doors. But I’m having a great time doing it. There will be stories, jokes, songs, all of which usually focus on the more embarrassing parts of life. It’s a fun time.