Clint Coley, TuRae Gordon and Derek Gaines headline late-night show Jan. 11-12
Bob Kephart's Comedy Stop at Tropicana’s Quarter is trying something fresh for the new year. The Comedy Stop presents a "late-night urban comedy show" Jan. 11-12 during the showroom's regular 11:15pm show. The trio of comedians are Clint Coley, TuRae Gordon and Derek Gaines. Tickets are $25. For more info call 1-877-FUNNY AC.
Originally from Philadelphia, Clint Coley moved to New York City to embark on a fulltime comedy career and won Amateur Night at the Apollo Theater. He went on to organize the All Jokes Aside College Tour, and also performed on tours with Mike Epps, Sommore, Bruce Bruce, Tony Rock, and Sheryl Underwood. He has also opened for Kevin Hart and D.L. Hughley.
TuRae Gordon’s comedy career began in the 1990s while attending Temple University. Encouraged by friends, he entered and won his first open mic competition at the Philadelphia Laff House.
In 2007 he won the World Cup Comedy Clash at London’s Hackney Empire Theater. He headlines clubs and colleges and has competed in and won a number of competitions including the Def Jam Comedy Competition and The WB’s Comedy After Midnight.
Derek Gaines, California born, but a current New Jersey resident, started his career in the comedy clubs of Philadelphia. He has expanded his range to include the tri-state area of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.
Wandering through The Quarter at the Tropicana is a lot of fun, but it's hilarious if you visit the Comedy Stop Café & Cabaret, a nightclub that has put innumerable smiles on the faces of thousands of guests. The Comedy Stop has been doing that for years, and so has its owner, Bob Kephart. Nearly 30 years ago, Kephart opened TK's Cafe and Cabaret and later became general manager of Club Ancopa, an Atlantic City hot spot, bringing his interest in comedy with him. In 1983, Kephart's customer and friend, Jim Martin (then entertainment director at the Tropicana) interested him in taking over a 175-seat room in the Trop that had been an unsuccessful location for other clubs. "Once I saw the room I said, 'That's for me,'" says Kephart. "And the rest is history." The Comedy Stop at the Trop's success led Kephart to open comedy clubs in Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nevada. "My claim to fame, without patting myself on the back, is that I am able to pick out who's going to be the home run in the next year or two. That's why I've been successful -- because I see it, and I get it." Among...
Back in the days when the Comedy Stop was housed in an out-of-the-way, down-the-escalators location in the bowels of the Tropicana, the place was a key ingredient in the perfect night out on the town. Now that they've moved on up to expanded and more prominent digs, it's become a downright essential part of any trip into Atlantic City. If you haven't been to the new location, I implore you, go. The set-up is quite impressive with a mix of cabaret-style table seating in front of the stage and stadium seating in the back for overflow crowds, which will be the norm throughout the summer. The Stop also has a first-class box office/bar area and seating just outside the establishment for those who arrive early for a show or who just want to soak in the excitement of The Quarter at the Tropicana from a terrific vantage point on the third level between the Adam Good Crab Shack and Sports Bar and the Planet Rose/TSOP end of the facility. While many of the comedians who have yucked it up on Comedy Stop's stage in the past have been huge names, like Tim Allen, Brett Butler, Drew Carrey, Rosie O'Donnell and Ray Romano,...