The Kats! Bureau at this writing is at The Duomo at the Rio. Ex-Caesars Entertainment and South Point exec Damian Costa’s Pompey Entertainment is a partner with Las Vegas attorney Tony Sgro in this venture. We’re enjoying an Italian egg and sausage bake while awaiting The Chi-Lites with Marshall Thompson. Trust me, it’s a Cool Hang.
Just minutes ago our interest was piqued — piqued, I tell you — as Costa has confirmed Pompey is leading the relaunch of Jimmy Kimmel’s Comedy Club. The comedy haven at Linq Promenade reopens Nov. 3 and will run a full schedule. Kimmel’s birthday is Nov. 13. We might finally see him back on the premises since before COVID. The club has been closed since March 2022.
The plan is to “throw” from “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to the club for select headliners. This system was employed in the club a few times before the shutdown. The room allows for TV/live stream telecasts. That’s why the ceiling is comparatively high, for a comedy room.
And, as Costa says, the original concept was to create a more showroom vibe than a traditional comedy club (forget that “Comedy Club” is in the title).
The Kimmel Club is the last Las Vegas comedy room that operated before COVID to reopen. We’ve been poking around for any positive news (or any intel, at all) for about three years about the club’s relaunch. Time to order a Cousin Sal, our favorite JKCC mocktail, and toast the funny.
Rio in activation
The Chi-Lites have an extended engagement of Sunday afternoon performances, carrying through to next Sunday and also Nov. 6. Thompson, the act’s founder still leads the act.
— John Katsilometes (@johnnykats) October 16, 2022
The Chi-Lites charted with “Have You Seen Her” in 1971, covered by none other than M.C. Hammer on his 1990 breakout album, “Please Hammer Don’t Hurt Me.” Beyonce has gotten a lot of miles out of her sample of “Are You My Woman (Tell Me So?”)” in her “Crazy In Love” hit. Jay-Z was featured on “Crazy In Love” and has also sampled The Chi-Lites hit “That’s How Long” on his “December 4th.”
“They ask me if I like rap, and I said, ‘Nooooo,’” Thompson says. “But the mailman came with a check with a bunch of zeroes on it. Now they ask, ‘Do you like rap? And I said, Yeeeesssss!”
The Chi-Lites are a unique booking in a still-blossoming room. Raiding The Rock Vault, a band that embodies Ozzy Osbourne’s battle cry, “You can’t kill rock and roll!” has extended to 2023. The Docksiders have just shifted to Thursdays-Fridays. This is a clear indication the yacht rockers are trying to steer to an audience.
And the engine that drives the entire Rio property, Penn & Teller, is still hoping to restart late November/early December as Teller recovers from quadruple-bypass surgery. There should be an update within a week about the show’s plans. While in rehabilitation, Teller has been working on card tricks with a new partner, Moxie Jillette, Penn’s daughter. It’s Moxie & Teller, for now.
RWLV hearts Hart
We anticipate Kevin Hart will be a frequenter at the Theatre at Resorts World in 2023. Multiple dates are on the horizon. And in this context, “multiple” exceeds 20.
Garth on demand
We are zeroing in on plans for Garth Brooks to perform an extended engagement at the Colosseum at Caesars Palace, starting in late-March or early April. Look for onsale just after Thanksgiving, with shows starting after Adele clears out. Brooks is certain to involve Trisha Yearwood, given his previous statements that a Garth-Trisha residency in Vegas is “a no-brainer.”
D&M reunion, kinda
Donny Osmond was a late scratch from his show at Harrah’s Saturday night. Osmond posted on social media he would miss the show after suffering what he termed “a mild injury” that morning during the Champions Run for Life & Ribbon Run at Town Square. Osmond underwent minor surgery on his right shoulder in January 2019, having suffered an injury onstage.
Oh, and you know when a surgery is minor? When it’s someone else’s surgery.
Anyway, Osmond is due back Nov. 1. And just as Donny was posting about his injury, Marie Osmond announced on her TikTok page that she is picking a date to visit her brother’ show at Harrah’s. “Let’s give him a big sellout when he goes back to work.” So look for her to visit the show the first week in November. And no, she has not yet seen Donny’s solo show, which is fantastic. This is a time to give it a shot of Marie, who says, “What do you say I tell you the date I’m going, and if you want, you can join us and let’s give him a big sellout when he gets back to work.”
What works in Vegas
“Atomic Saloon Show” at Grand Canal Shoppes at The Venetian. The show celebrated No. 1,000 on Saturday night. A righteous moment in the pandemic-reopening era. To the cast and crew, I say, we will always have Edinburgh, where it all started.
Cool Hang Alert
Sand Dollar Lounge has set a Make-A-Wish Charity night starting at 8 p.m. Saturday at the club’s Polaris Avenue-Spring Mountain Road location. The night is part of the annual “Nightmare on Spring Mountain” adventure. Guests are encouraged to wear Disney costumes and imbibe in specialty cocktails from David English and David Cooper, pizza from the great chef Chris Decker, and live music from Dan Fester. Cooper and Korey Replogle furnish the club’s distinctive art. All proceeds are donated to Make-A-Wish Southern Nevada. Go to TheSandDollarLV.com or wish.org for info.
John Katsilometes’ column runs daily in the A section. His “PodKats!” podcast can be found at reviewjournal.com/podcasts. Contact him at [email protected] Follow @johnnykats on Twitter, @JohnnyKats1 on Instagram.