Crazy J’s Rocking Comedy has a contest at the Swinger’s Club
Photo Credit : Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool
I received a private message on twitter asking if I would be attending the comedy competition at the Swinger’s Club. Although I had not heard of it until now, it sounded interesting, so I decided to go.
I arrived at the Swinger’s Club, not quite sure where they were going to hold the contest. I know the Swinger’s Club has a space for dueling pianos, a huge bar filled with sexy bartenders and a mini-golf course, but I just couldn’t visualize where the comedy contest would be held.
As it happens, The Swinger’s Club has a stage for such occasions. It is flush with the wall, and must have had the curtains drawn when I was in the club previously. I love the concept that a bar can be so multifaceted and versatile.
Crazy Jay, from the Rocking Comedy Show, was the host of Crazy Jay’s Comedy Competition. Apparently, this contest had been on going since February, and they had narrowed it down to fifteen of the funniest contenders.
The contest finale was held on a Saturday afternoon. Although it is not the prime time spot you would expect, the room was nevertheless packed with supportive fans and onlookers, wondering what all the commotion was about.
I was told there would be guest judges at the event, but I didn’t know whom to expect at 3:00 in the afternoon. To my delight, the first two guest judges to arrive were the Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets from the hit Las Vegas show Absinthe. Anthony Cools was also one of the guest judges, which wasn’t too much of a shock, being that he is one of the owners of the Swinger’s Club. The biggest surprise of the day was when comedy legend George Wallace took his place as a guest judge.
I noticed that some of the comedians in the audience were getting a bit nervous. It must be tough to perform in front of an audience, with a group of professional comedians critiquing you. Each contestant had about seven minutes in which to convince the judge’s panel that they were the best and most hilarious act.
I must admit that it takes a certain type of comedy to make me laugh; therefore I would be an awful judge at this type of event. The show started, andI judged each performers success based on the crowd’s reaction more than on my personal taste. You could pick out which audience members were family or friends of the contestants, and which were unbiased observers who just having a good time.
After the first few comedians had performed, I noticed that the judges were taking notes and talking amongst each other. They seemed to be taking this judging business pretty seriously. However, the serious deadpan faces of the judges went out the window when contestant Matt Markman took the stage.
Anthony Cools was laughing, but George Wallace looked like he was crying. I must admit, I was laughing pretty hard myself. At the end of Mr. Markman’s seven minutes, he told the judges he wasn’t going to lie, he wanted to work with the best. He then unbuttoned his shirt to reveal a top like the waitresses at the Swinger’s Club wear. That was funny, but the laughing and crying really happened when he removed his pants to reveal that he had dressed in a schoolgirl skirt to complete the waitress ensemble.
Other comedians endeavored to sway the judges to vote for them. Some were particularly brash, like the Balloon Man, who had made a balloon sculpture of Anthony Cools having intimate relations with a sheep. (I’m not sure how this was supposed to win votes…it must be a comedy thing.) Some were just poor attempts to win favor, like bringing the Gazillionaire into the line of jokes but not knowing who he was.
In the end, there can only be one winner. That is how it was supposed to be, but in a surprising turn of events, the judges came up with a second place prize. Second place went Geoff Grant, who won $500 and a week in the opening slot of Anthony Cools’ show.
Photo Credit : Gabe Ginsberg / Vegas Kool
The winner was none other than ready-to-work waitress, Matt Markman. Matt was awarded $1000, and a week as the opening act for Mr. Cools.
What a cool and fun way to spend a Saturday afternoon! After announcing the winner, the judges took photos with the crowd and the contenders. Meanwhile, a band by the name of Project 27 was setting up on stage for the after party.
After it was all over, I spoke with Crazy Jay, who explained that this was just one of the many events that they have planned. I had a great time, and look forward to seeing what theRocking Comedy Show has to offer in the future.
You can find out more of what Crazy J and the Rocking Comedy Show is doing by checking out their website at : http://rockingcomedyshow.com/
For more information on the Swinger’s Club inside the Plaza Hotel and Casino, check out their website at : http://www.plazahotelcasino.com/entertainment/swingers_club
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