Not long after Caesars Atlantic City booked the Steep Canyon Rangers for a Nov. 2 gig, someone asked me if I’d ever met the band’s occasional front man, a pretty darn accomplished banjo picker.
Perhaps you’ve heard of him. His name is Steve Martin. Yep, that Steve Martin. The wild and crazy actor and skilled practitioner of the art of absurdist comedy.
Meet him? Heck, Steve Martin gave me the finger once – in front of 1,500 people. Then we had dinner.
Of course, there were 10 years of separation between those contrasting moments in time.
It was December 1978, and Resorts International Casino Hotel was six months into its monopoly on Atlantic City gaming. And casino marketing was still in its infancy, since this was new territory for the first casino to open outside of Nevada.
But the marketing and entertainment minds at Resorts knew that December was going to be a tough month even for the only casino within thousands of miles.
Resorts had already presented some of the biggest names in show business, both established and contemporary. But they knew they needed something really special during the post-Thanksgiving run-up to Christmas and New Year’s Eve.
See, back then, state gaming laws required casinos to present entertainment in their main showrooms seven nights a week. It was all part of the state’s grand plan to make Atlantic City more Monte Carlo than Las Vegas. One way to do that, the theory went, would be to offer shows all week so that card games and slot machines weren’t the primary focal point of each pleasure palace. (Even then, someone was thinking of non-gaming attractions.)
In order to compete with Santa Claus, Resorts needed something that would grab headlines and fill the 1,500-seat Superstar Theater for seven nights. So they booked arguably the hottest comedian on the planet: Steve Martin.
Through appearances on The Tonight Show, a hilarious HBO On Location special and appearances on Saturday Night Live, Martin was a bona fide comedy star who was still a year away from his breakout movie role in The Jerk.
The versatile Dana Carvey, whose unforgettable characters include The Church Lady, Garth from the “Wayne’s World” sketches with Mike Myers, Hans from Hans and Franz with Nealon and President Bush junior and senior, took time out to chat with AC Weekly about this SNL mini reunion
When Dweezil Zappa decided it was time to introduce a new generation to his father’s music and call it “Zappa Plays Zappa,” he didn’t realize the project would be so labor intensive.
The moment Mike Epps realized his comedy tour would bring him to hurricane-battered Atlantic City, he promptly decided to donate a portion of his ticket sales to the storm relief effort. Then he did the next logical thing: He began working on some Sandy-esque material.
'Atlantic City is a great central place and an exciting place. It was just a great room and it was the first one I wanted to go back to.'
When massively popular Dane Cook made the decision to mount a full-blown arena show for his summer Global Thermo Comedy Tour, he wasn’t thinking with his ego. It was, as he explains it, simply a matter of supply versus demand. “It’s certainly not something you decide on your own,” explains Cook, one of only a small handful of comedians who has sampled the rarified air of arenas. “It’s really [about] the fans and having so many people wanting to come and see you.” A decade ago, Cook was a funny but fairly ordinary comedian playing 300-seat comedy clubs. But his popularity was on the rise, due in part to his regular appearances on the...
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� � Earth Day Treat the earth well: It was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children. ancient Native American proverb, attributed to Chief Seattle (Skokomish) Although we really should treat every day like its Earth Day, Sunday, April 24 is a good time to start. Among the local events, the Atlantic County Utilities Authority celebrates the 25-year old tradition with its annual festival celebrating our planet. Egg Harbor Townships 360-acre Haneman Environmental Park on Delilah Road will have events from 10am-4pm, including environmental exhibits, nature walks, pony rides and a Marine Mammal Stranding Center benefit run. An Eco hayride will teach participants about local environmental protection and the ACUAs new landfill gas-to-energy project, which is being operated to provide power to the entire ACUA Haneman Environmental Park. To learn more about the festival visit Acua.com on the Web; visit Earthday.net to learn about the nationally-recognized day and to find out about happenings statewide. If you cant make an event, try to at least make an effort to help your family practice things like water conservation, recycling and being mindful of...
With just eight original studio albums in 27 years, they barely rate a blip on the popular music recording radar. Let’s face it, the Saw Doctors aren’t exactly a household name — unless your household is located in Ireland. In that case you just may have a shrine to the band, especially if you’re into Irish-flavored rock ‘n roll.