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 Joe Dosch takes a page out of the Bill Hicks, Patrice O'Neal and Bill Burr books of comedy for his brutal yet smart variety of comedy. Dosch got his star in stand up comedy in Montana and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career full time. He performs at the Improv at Harrah’s through Saturday night. Here he talks about his first trip to Las Vegas, his plans after the show and more.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
Rarely. I'm in Reno a lot, though. I'm charmed by its quaint urban decay.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
I was driving from Montana to LA and stayed in a Super 8 in Henderson. Their continental breakfast was sub par, which I expressed to the staff in a strongly worded email.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
I live in California. All food is poison.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
They don't so much "approach" me as "make a labored to attempt not to make eye contact" with me.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
I plan on getting drunk in my hotel room while reading The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. He invented bifocals, you know.
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
That the city is basically a sprawling, elaborate Skinner Box. (Google it)
What can we expect at your show?
I'll begin my set by playing about 15 minutes of sad violin music. Like you'd hear in Ken Burns documentaries.