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September 23, 2017

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Strip Scribbles: Chris Phillips roast at Stratosphere; Penn & Teller Hollywood Walk of Fame star; and The Rolling Stones


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Chris Phillips, second from right, and friends at the 2010 AFAN Black & White Party at The Joint in the Hard Rock Hotel on Aug. 21, 2010.

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"The Showbiz Roast" at The Stratosphere.

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The Rolling Stones appear at a news conference to annouce their upcoming tour of the U.S., July 11, 1989. From left to right: Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Ron Wood.

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Steve Lawrence, Eydie Gorme and Larry Ruvo at the Honor Wall at the Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health on Wednesday, March 13, 2013.

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Hakkasan is under construction at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Brian Evans

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Ashton Kutcher serves as Michael Jordan's caddy at Shadow Creek Golf Course on Sunday, April 1, 2012.

The list of Las Vegas celebrities to rip apart Zowie Bowie’s Chris Phillips at the first “Showbiz Roast” at The Stratosphere on April 23 is growing.

Expect Motley Crue rocker and Las Vegas resident Vince Neil to kick off the proceedings via video link from his Canadian tour, then fresh- and foul-mouthed fireworks from Flamingo headliner Vinnie Favorito, who has skewered the best, and gentler fun from loving couple Clint Holmes and Kelly Clinton Holmes.

Singers Lorena Peril from “Fantasy” at Luxor and Frankie Scinta from The D Hotel will belt out their bruising, and Golden Nugget headliner Gordie Brown will call on his many voices for pillorying.

I’m pleased that my esteemed colleague Editor at Large John Katsilometes will join me in throwing typewriter tantrums at Chris. There will be no mercy, but plenty of laughs. Buckle up, Chris: It’s a full-frontal assault! Roasters are being added, and the list will be finalized next week.

ROLLING STONES IN L.V.: Is it possible The Rolling Stones will play MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 8 and 15, with their new tour starting in Seattle on May 2 and wrapping July 13 in London’s Hyde Park? The only other near-Las Vegas stop is at Staples Center in L.A. for two nights from June 10-14. Do we get the word at 6 a.m. from The Rolling Stones official website and then at 7 on Radio Planet Rock from Mick Jagger and Keith Richards?

CONGRATULATIONS: Offbeat illusionists Penn & Teller will receive a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday with MGM Grand headliner David Copperfield as guest speaker. The Rio headliners will be honored with the 2,494th star, and it’s being cemented in place near The Magic Castle and Houdini’s star. The next day, Penn & Teller will be presented with the Magicians of the Year Award at The Magic Castle celebrating its own 50th anniversary. Watch the ceremony live on

MORE CONGRATULATIONS: The Horatio Alger Award is one of the most prestigious in the United States; only 11 individuals were selected for this weekend’s ceremonies in Washington, D.C. Larry Ruvo, our Keep Memory Alive founder at Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, is en route for the presentation.

Simultaneously, a $20,000 scholarship will be awarded to Nevada high school student Jesus Dominguez-Becerra at the 66th annual ceremony. Larry, who is juggling his daughter Nicole’s Caribbean wedding and the Quincy Jones and Sir Michael Caine joint 80th birthday gala, is recognized for overcoming obstacles to become a successful entrepreneur and community leader who serves as a role model for scholarship recipients.


Is the multimillion-dollar restaurant and nightclub Hakkasan about to face serious competition just weeks after it opens at the end of the month? There are rumblings that rival restaurant Ichiand nightclub Mo Vida that’s in competition opposite Hakkasan in London and Dubai now have their sights set on the Strip -- its owners are already in talks with a hotel owner here.

It’s only weeks that the nightclub space above SHe in Crystals at CityCenter was shuttered, but it will be operating tonight and Wednesday for NBA superstar Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Golf Invitational celebrities. Sparing no expense, Nike has bought out the space for Michael’s friends, and engineers have restarted the stage water curtain and DJ booth.

SHATNER SHOWS? Las Vegas crooner Brian Evans is a huge Boston Red Sox fan and created a music video about Fenway Park with a cameo appearance by another Boston fan, film and TV actor and Priceline pitch king William Shatner. It was former Mirage President Felix Rappaport, who was instrumental in the music video being completed with producer Narada Michael Walden.

“At Fenway” premiered on NBC’s “Today” over the weekend, and there’s chatter about Brian and the “Star Trek” hero teaming up to perform shows here. Brian told me: “Never could I have imagined that performing some of the shows I did in Las Vegas would blossom into filming the only full-length music video ever at Fenway Park. Las Vegas indeed can lead to all roads, and hopefully we’ll be returning soon.”


Caesars Palace resident headliner Sir Elton John and writing partner Bernie Taupin are the 2013 recipients of the Johnny Mercer Award at the 44th annual Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York on June 13.

Legendary TV stars Loni Anderson (“WKRP in Cincinnati”) and Hal Linden (“Barney Miller”) have teamed up to perform “Love Letters” at the Suncoast from April 13-14. That’s the same weekend James Bond villain Robert Davi opens for comic Don Rickles with his Frank Sinatra tribute at The Orleans.

The weekly online broadcast of “Dirt Live” hosted by Roger Norman tonight will be anchored from B.J. Baldwin’s Motorsports race shop. B.J. is the reigning SCORE Trophy Truck Overall and Season Point champion. B.J.’s next race is at the 45th annual Baja 500 from May 30-June 2 in Ensenada, which he won in 2008.


Michael Jordan was at Marquee in The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas on Monday night and settled into The Boom Box Room there with friends.

A.J. Buckler (“CSI-New York”) stayed true to his Manhattan roots by relaxing at Times Square Bar in New York-New York. He celebrated his fiancee Abby Osche’s birthday, and festivities included watching “Absinthe” at Caesars and posing for a photo with The Gazillionaire and Penny Pibbets.

And three celebrity sightings at the shooting facility Range 702: actress Diane Neal (“Law & Order”), Jimmi Simpson (“How I Met Your Mother”) and comedienne Helen Hong.


Comedienne Rita Rudner is back at The Venetian Showroom for a night of sassy fun.

The singing “sisters” BBR -- a blonde, a brunette and a redhead -- with “Vegas! The Show” dancer supreme Tara Palsha, sexy Savannah Smith and angelic Anne Martinez perform an 11 p.m. show with Bella Electric Strings and Dave Perrico’s Pop Evolution band at Boulevard Theater alongside MGM Grand.


An inside preview of Michael Jordan’s Celebrity Golf Invitational at the high-roller Shadow Creek, plus, a Counter Intelligence roundup of new restaurants and menus and the world’s best pizza maker.

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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