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Singing impressionist Scott Record brings a mix of stand-up comedy and spot on parodies to the Improv at Harrah’s through Saturday night. Here he talks about whether he remembers his first trip to Las Vegas, what people ask him when they talk to him at restaurants and his pretty cool perspective on performing in Las Vegas.
How often do you get to Las Vegas?
I work Improv at Harrah's two to three weeks per year, and several corporate dates per year... somewhat sporadically.
Do you remember your first trip to Vegas?
I don't, and that's a good thing. If you do remember your first trip to Vegas, you probably didn't have too good of a time.
Actually I do. I worked with Ann-Margret at Caesars Palace and it was a magnificent memory. I was in show business at the highest level with a superstar who is just the most warm and loving human being to this day.
Do you have any favorite restaurants you like to visit here?
I grew up in Boston area. I listened to WBZ radio at night, and ended up working with the late-night talk host Larry Glick. He would speak frequently with Battista of Battista's Hole in the Wall. Battista would sing, I would go there when in Vegas. I work nights, so it's difficult to go to restaurants now. I’d go to a coffee clutch on Saturdays at the Bagel Cafe with friends and legends like Nelson Sardelli, Marty Allen, Lou Toomin and others.
Do people approach you while you're dining out?
Frequently, for directions to the men's room.
What about nightlife? Do you ever go out after a show to unwind?
I have friends at the Dueling Pianos in Harrah's, and search out jazz trios and such at times. I like live music
What was the first thing that shocked you in Las Vegas?
Watching a fellow performer playing blackjack for $5,000 a hand.
What can we expect at your show?
When Budd Friedman first asked me to perform at the Improv years ago, I was a bit leery. I told him I perform clean and wasn't used to torn jeans, f bombs, etc. He said, "People simply want to be entertained." I did what I do — entertain. I do singing impressions, speaking impressions, comedy, Broadway, stories — old school, but seems like something new, because no one works like me. You can expect to be entertained every moment you are in the showroom.