Monday, July 8, 2013 | 3:41 p.m.
Editor’s Note: While Robin Leach heads to London before his traditional summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy — plus, the Amalfi Coast this year — many of our Strip personalities have stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. We continue with Harrah’s headliner and new Las Vegas resident Chris Allen, who stars in the long-running, one-man show “Defending the Caveman.” He opens up his Man Cave to look in on Las Vegas couples.
“Defending the Caveman” is a worldwide blockbuster hit that has won the hearts of millions in more than 45 countries and has been translated into 18 languages. This hilariously insightful show about the continuing misunderstandings between men and women has audiences roaring with laughter and recognition. With hysterical insights into contemporary feminism, masculine sensitivity and the erogenous zone, “Caveman” mines the common themes in relationships that go right to the funny bone.
As you probably know by now, Robin Leach, the guy who normally dishes the scoop on all the celebrities, is away on his annual vacation. That means it’s time for celebrities to fight back and take over his column! What an honor, after moving to Las Vegas only a few short months ago to become the star of “Defending the Caveman” at Harrah’s Las Vegas, this lead caveman is now guest writing for Robin Leach. Thank you to this great city for such a warm welcome.
As with anyone new to the Vegas scene, I came in with some preconceived notions of what Las Vegas would be like. You know, the popular “Vegas Myths” such as everyone lives on the Strip, it is possible to walk the entire length of the Strip in 10 minutes, locals learn how to be a dealer in school and, perhaps most notable, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, right?
Of course, I quickly learned that none of these Vegas myths are true. However, what I found most surprising is that despite being known as Sin City, there are an astounding number of couples who prove that it is possible to have a loving, monogamous relationship in Las Vegas. How do I know this? They come to my show, and you can quickly see by the looks on their faces that they relate to what I am saying.
“Defending the Caveman” is all about celebrating the relationship between men and women and all the ways in which we fight, laugh and love. If you’ve ever been in a relationship, you know that sometimes it can be difficult to understand and relate to your significant other. “Caveman” examines the misunderstandings between men and women and relates it back to the days of the cavemen. Men are not all jerks — we just evolved differently. As the hunters of society, men evolved to operate under negotiation. Women, who were traditionally the gatherers, had to cooperate to get together. When these two different communication styles combine, it can lead to fights. Men and women have to learn how to understand each other better. And that’s the goal of this show: to help couples see the world the way their spouse sees the world.
If you’re looking for examples of great Hot Vegas Cave Couples, couples who exemplify what it means to be in a relationship in the city of sin, look no further than the city’s top representatives — Mayor Carolyn Goodman and her husband Oscar Goodman. For years, they have championed Las Vegas side by side, meanwhile proving that it is possible to be a high-profile power couple changing the city while still being role models portraying characteristics of good, solid marriage.
The life of an entertainer can get pretty hectic, especially when that entertainer is as famous as Penn Jillette, who has hosted several national TV shows, performed all over the world and most recently competed for local charity Opportunity Village on NBC’s “All-Star Celebrity Apprentice.” Despite leading this busy lifestyle, Penn and his wife Emily have maintained their marriage for almost a decade, giving other entertainers something to admire.
And, of course, a list like this wouldn’t be complete without including one of sports’ most notable couples, Andre Agassi and Steffi Graf. These tennis greats have a longstanding history of giving back to the community and have been married for 12 years.
The Goodmans, Jillettes and Agassis are just a few of the shining examples of couples exemplifying monogamy in Sin City. Las Vegas truly has some wonderful couples, and “Defending the Caveman” rejoices in relationships, so we are honoring some of the outstanding, committed couples in Las Vegas with the Hot Vegas Cave Couple Awards. Recognizing and congratulating couples who choose to be together in this crazy place we call home.
“Defending the Caveman” is performed nightly at 7, with matinee shows Sundays and Mondays at 4, in the Improv Showroom at Harrah’s Las Vegas. Tickets are available at the Harrah’s box office, HarrahsLasVegas.com and by calling (702) 369-5111.
Check out our other guest column today from Flamingo headliner comedian George Wallace and on Tuesday “Rock of Ages” stars Mark Shunock and Kevin Hegman and fiery redheaded dance delight Tara Palsha.
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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Just as distinctive as it's famous neighbors Caesar's Palace and The Venetian, Harrah's Las Vegas has been entertaining guests since 1973. The 87,700-square foot casino is filled with 1,520 slot machines and 107 gaming tables. Outside the casino, guests are able to experience fun in a street-fair atmosphere at the Carnival Court, an outdoor lounge with live entertainment (including the bartenders), food stands and outdoor shops.
At Harrah's comedy is King, and that has never been more apparent then the comedy acts of Rita Rudner, the Mac King Comedy Magic Show and the Improv Comedy Club. After the show, guests are more than welcome to laugh at their friends at The Piano Bar, famous for its dueling pianos and karaoke. Most recently, Harrah's added tribute show "Legends in Concert" to its list of entertainment.
Restaurants like Ming's offers Asian cuisine, while Ruth's Chris Steak House offers guests fine steaks and fresh seafood. Toby Keith's I Love This Bar is a country-themed bar with a restaurant, live music and the occasional appearance from Keith himself.