Louie Anderson is funny without profanity, proof that family-friendly humor is possible in Vegas.. The Emmy-award winning comedy legend appears in the newly re-named Louie Anderson Theater at Palace Station.
I thoroughly enjoyed his performance. From the sound of the laughter around me, so did most everyone else. His act touches on subjects that touch everyone. For the tourists, there are jokes about the need for chap stick in Vegas. “After a couple of days you’re chap sticking everywhere!” he reminds us including a little physical comedy to drive home the point of “everywhere”. On terrorists, he wonders if their parents lament the ones that are “early exploders”. On texting, he exclaims, “I need more time.”
This is Vegas, so there are the requisite jokes about gambling as Louie mourns the disappearance of coin-activated slots. He paints a verbal and physical photo of the elderly carrying their winnings in the bucket, imaging the grand total, and lamenting that it turns out to be around $22. He hits the bull’s-eye when he described that character at the blackjack table who splits tens. “What did you do that for?” someone growls. “I won”. “Yes, but you played it wrong. You ruined the hand for the rest of us.”
I had seen Louie perform at the Excalibur and was delighted that this show is not a replay of that production. Those who know him expect the over six foot tall comedian to discuss his upbringing and he doesn’t disappoint. He’s from a poor family with 11 kids and parents who seem to be caricatures everyone can relate to. There’s his mother the pack rat. “Mom loved her junk” he tells us entertaining the audience with stories about mom as the “window monitor” reporting on the neighbors’ activities, as a pack rat with bags of all sizes, and as the condiment thief who cleans all the butter and packets from the restaurant table.
How many of us can relate to a mother who made us clean our plate? “Are you hungry Louie” she used to ask the overweight comedian who acknowledges that he was “born with the munchies.” The elderly get a turn at being the brunt of Louie’s humor as he hits on older drivers who hit the curbs and gives a physical demonstration of walking and clicking. If you don’t understand that, check back in a few years, you will. And you will enjoy the humor of Louie Anderson at Palace Station.
“Louie LOL at the Louie Anderson Theater,” presented by Bonkerz Comedy Productions, plays Tuesday through Saturday, at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $49.95 per person plus tax and applicable fees, but locals with a valid Nevada ID and hotel guests receive a $15 discount per ticket. Special VIP tickets for $99.95 per person plus tax and applicable fees. include a meet-and-greet before the show, signed memorabilia, and priority seating. Guests under 21 must be accompanied by an adult. Tickets can be purchased at any Station Casinos Reward Center or The Fiestas or by calling (702) 547-5300 or logging onto www.palacestation.com.
Dianne R. Davis has been writing as long as she can remember. She is a columnist/photographer for Judy Thorburn’s www.lasvegasroundtheclock.com and for the Vegas Voice newspaper. Dianne is a reporter on Anthem Alive on Sun City Anthem’s own Channel 99, specializing in entertainment. She can be contacted at DianneRD@aol.com.