Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014 | 6 p.m.
Rehearsals have started for the cast of the parody “Pawn Shop Live!” at Golden Nugget opening Jan. 21, as we reported exclusively here at Vegas DeLuxe, and among the first to check on its progress were “Pawn Stars” stars Rick Harrison and his dad, Richard “Old Man” Harrison.
They will make regular guest appearances at the downtown hotel casino to greet audiences alongside cast mates Corey Harrison and Austin “Chumlee” Russell.
Danny Koker (“Counting Cars”) and Rick Dale (“Rick’s Restorations”), also History Channel reality TV show stars from Las Vegas who are featured on “Pawn Stars,” will make meet-and-greet appearances, as well.
Welcoming the stars Monday were showgirl dancers Kady Heard and Sydney Kounkel, actor Sean Critchfield, who plays the lead role of “Slick Garrison,” puppeteer Enoch Scott (disguised by his character, “Old Fart”), Garret Harbison, who plays “Chump” and multiple-role actress Anita Bean.
The Broadway-styled daily 4 p.m. afternoon show based on the world famous pawnshop is a multi-media extravaganza complete with film clips. I recorded the voiceovers for the show, and, if that’s any guide, I can tell you without hesitation this is going to be one very funny show.
ELECTRIC CAR: As part of the International 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, Caesars Palace is sponsoring the first of its kind Formula E electric racecar capable of speeds of as much as 150 mph with zero emissions.
It was unveiled on the Strip on Monday at the Caesars Palace fountains and driven by former racecar driver Lucas di Grassi to Mandalay Bay’s parking area for a high-speed display demonstration. The single-seater will compete in a new 10-city center global racing series starting in September with two U.S. races in L.A. and Miami.
NASCAR RACE: The annual parade of haulers down the Strip, plus, a free day of NASCAR Sprint Cup testing will kick off the annual NASCAR Weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway beginning Wednesday, March 5. The parade will start at 6 p.m. on the south end of the Strip and proceed to Sahara Avenue before heading north on Interstate 15 to LVMS.
The next day, Sprint Cup teams will test a new track-rules package, with grandstands and the Neon Garage open for free to fans. After the testing, there will be a Q+A with the drivers. The Boyd Gaming NASCAR National Race starts at 1:15 p.m. on March 8, and the Kobalt 400 that I’ll announce is at noon March 9.
MORE DEBAUCHERY: Comedian Andrew Dice Clay has extended his residency at Vinyl in the Hard Rock Hotel with 15 additional shows through March. The standup said: “The endless nights of debauchery continue. If you have not seen my show, you haven’t seen comedy in Las Vegas. I don’t hold anything back.”
Max McAndrew, director of entertainment for the Hard Rock, added: “As the first comedian to hold a residency at Vinyl, Clay has truly showcased the property as a comic destination. His fans can’t get enough of his shocking humor, and neither can we.”
DJ LINEUP: The 2014 lineup of DJ talent at Hakkasan in MGM Grand includes the return of its world-renowned names along with new all-star talent jumping from one casino to another. Several of them also will perform at the newly remodeled Wet Republic starting in April, for which server and staff auditions take place next week.
New performers include Above & Beyond, Afrojack, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano and W&W, with Grammy Award-winning Moby scheduled to perform Feb. 8. Returning as residents: Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Steve Aoki, Danny Avila, Bingo Players, Dada Life, Mark Eteson, Fergie, Hardwell, Nervo, R3hab, Eva Shaw (formerly Bambi) and Michael Woods.
LIMO TAXI BATTLE: Travelers and residents in California, New York, Chicago, London, Rome and elsewhere have raved about the limo service Uber that says its chauffeur rides are as cheap as a cab. Request a car using iPhone or Android apps and within minutes one miraculously shows up. You don't have to pay or tip because that is automatic through the app.
This week, many of the 155,000 CES delegates waiting in long taxi lines have complained about lengthy waits and no sign of the Uber cars they use at home or when traveling. The San Francisco-based operation says outdated Nevada rules and regulations to protect cab companies and maintain high prices are keeping them off the Strip and out of the Valley.
An Uber spokesman said: “Las Vegas should not be one of the last major U.S. cities without Uber’s superior service. But, unfortunately, outdated statewide laws won’t allow us to serve the city’s almost 40 million annual visitors or the nearly 600,000 people who call the immediate city area home. Regulations mandating a one-hour minimum time limit and one-hour minimum fare (averaging $46) for town cars, regardless of the actual time or distance of your ride, are bad for consumers, bad for competition and stifle much-needed innovation among Las Vegas transportation providers. Follow our progress of bringing Uber to the valley at @Uber_Vegas and use the hash tag #VegasNeedsUber to tell your Las Vegas transportation stories.”
CANON CARPET: “America’s Most Wanted” star John Walsh joins actor Richard Burgi (“Desperate Housewives”) as hosts and emcees of Canon’s 15th anniversary celebrity red carpet celebration Wednesday at Bellagio as part of its CES promotions. The beneficiary is the National Center of Missing and Exploited celebrating its 30th anniversary.
More than 30 celebrities will be on the red carpet and play in Thursday’s Celebrity Golf Tournament at TPC Las Vegas. Expect to see Toby Keith, Christopher McDonald, Patrick Warburton, Randy Cunningham, Roger Clemens, Vida Blue, Rick Cerone, Bill Engvall, Tommy John, Kevin Sorbo and Lorenzo di Medici among the VIPs.
Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, in town for a private CES show, dined at N9NE Steakhouse in the Palms on Monday night.
“Mamma Mia” is at the Smith Center for eight shows through Sunday.
Tickets go on sale for the return of Meat Loaf to his “Rocktellz & Cocktails” at Planet Hollywood from Feb. 13 through April 8.
Nick Cannon spins at 1OAK in the Mirage for the CES release of the Incredible Tablet.
Paul Oakenfold spins at Lavo in Palazzo.
And Rev Run spins at Hakkasan for the CES Wisdom party.
A fascinating interview with former “Phantom — the Las Vegas Spectacular” star Kristen Hertzenberg as she prepares to go solo at Smith Center, plus, a preview of what our Strip’s “Top Chef” New Orleans cheftestant Shirley Chung faces as the show nears its finale. We’ll have the first-night report from “Mamma Mia” and update our Counter Intelligence report with the “Chefs to the Max” fundraiser for hospitalized food critic Max Jacobson.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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