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WYNN LAS VEGAS MARKS NEW VENTURE INTO COMEDY WITH LINEUP OF TOP STAND-UP COMEDIANS TO HEADLINE THE ENCORE THEATER SPRING-SUMMER 2019

By Judy Shields

CHRIS TUCKER, SETH MEYERS, JIM GAFFIGAN, SEBASTIAN MANISCALCO, JO KOY AND ALI WONG TO PERFORM STARTING APRIL 6th THROUGH LABOR DAY WEEKEND  

 

Encore Theater-Main Right-Barbara Kraft

Las Vegas, NV—April 6, 2019—Wynn Las Vegas in association with AEG Presents Las Vegas marks their new venture into comedy with a lineup of top comedians headlining the Encore Theater this Spring-Summer 2019. The roster, which kicked off with Chris Tucker this past Saturday, April 6, also includes renowned performers Seth Meyers, Jim Gaffigan, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jo Koy and Ali Wong – scheduled to appear May 4 through Labor Day Weekend (with additional acts to be announced).

Chris Tucker Performs at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas 4.6.19 (Photo Erik Kabik)

Wynn Las Vegas kicked-off 2019 with two sold out performances by Chris Tucker, marking the first-ever stand-up comedy shows hosted by the resort. 

The Hollywood Times was in attendance for Chris Tucker’s performance this past Saturday, April 6, and what a funny man Chris Tucker is — he still has it. He looked amazing, and boy, what a suit he had on.  He had so many great lines and one impersonation after another: from his good buddy Jackie Chan to Bill Cosby, Ice Cube, Wesley Snipes, President Trump regarding “The Wall,” and the funniest was of Michael Jackson.

Chris told many stories about he and Michael Jackson hanging out, and one particular great and funny story was about meeting Barry Gibb. He also performed a short version of a couple of Michael Jackson’s songs. He went on to talk about Michael Jackson, and going to see Prince, as he sung a verse of Prince’s song Raspberry Beret. We sang out loud and Chris got a kick out of it.  Now that was another story you need to hear in person.

Chris Tucker Performs at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas-2 4.6.19 (Photo Erik Kabik)

He asked the audience “who wants to see another Rush Hour? The audience went wild and Chris said, “Well then call Warner Brothers.  I call them every day!” He brought up the possibility of Rush Hour 3 and asked the audience if they were up for another Friday.  The crowd went wild after that.

Chris Tucker dancing at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas 4.6.19 (Photo Erik Kabik)

He made fun of Ice Cube by saying, “I don’t know if I will be doing another Friday, because Cube didn’t pay me for the first one!” He told stories of the making of Rush Hour movies with Jackie Chan, and a prank Jackie played on him regarding daily gifts from China. Hilarious.

The show opened up with Sherman Golden, and what a funny comedian he was.  He asked the audience if anyone had won any money, and this gray haired gentleman raised his hand.  Then Sherman asked him how much he won, and the man said $200. Well that just made for some great comedy for Sherman. He played off that “only winning $200” throughout his routine and picked on this fellow.  It made it even funnier, because, believe it or not, this gray haired man just happened to be my ex-husband.  I so wanted to stand up and tell Sherman that I was his ex-wife, but for some reason did not.  It would have been hilarious I bet.  So Sherman made fun of folks coming in late, and tried to set up my ex with women coming in, as he was sitting alone.  It was hilarious.

What a great night of comedy… and Sherman Golden had the audience all pumped up for Chris Tucker.

If you ever have the chance to see Chris Tucker live, do it.

Chris Tucker looking at audience at Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas 4.6.19 (Photo Erik Kabik)

If this is any indication of how the rest of the comedy shows will go, I highly recommend you planning a trip to The Wynn  Las Vegas to see these shows.

The parking is really easy, yes I said EASY! It’s just off the strip between The Wynn and The Encore off Wynn Las Vegas street. Just pull in, park you car, and head to the second floor, and make your short trip to the Encore Theater, (and don’t forget to get your parking ticket validated in lobby of the Encore Theater).  There are concession stands as well and a couple of bars.  It is really a great venue and every seat is a great seat.  So get your tickets today and make your reservations for your Las Vegas trip during these concerts from May 4 through September 1.

Click to purchase your tickets for these upcoming comedy shows:  The Wynn

About Chris Tucker/Wikipedia

Christopher Tucker (born August 31, 1971) is an American actor and stand-up comedian. He is known for playing the role of Smokey in F. Gary Gray‘s Friday and as Detective James Carter in Brett Ratner‘s Rush Hour film series. He became a frequent stand up performer on Def Comedy Jam in the 1990s. He appeared in Luc Besson‘s The Fifth ElementQuentin Tarantino‘s Jackie BrownDavid O. Russell‘s Silver Linings Playbook, and Brett Ratner’s Money Talks.

“We are thrilled to welcome this incredibly talented lineup of comedic performers to the stage at Encore Theater,” says Rick Gray, General Manager of Entertainment Operations, Wynn Las Vegas. “We continue to see great success with our headlining music acts, and we now look forward to offering our guests a new experience as we kick off our comedy engagements this spring with this renowned roster of comedians.”

The Encore Theater will continue to offer performances by music’s top and legendary acts like Diana Ross, Robbie Williams, John Fogerty, Sarah McLachlan and Lionel Richie.

We’re proud to offer a diverse, eclectic and highly selective roster of comedians to the Encore Theater,” says AEG Presents Las Vegas Talent Buyer Chris Hammond. “Similar to our featured musicians, these comedians typically play much larger venues so we’re excited to offer our guests the opportunity to experience these acts in a much more intimate and personable environment.”

The remaining The Wynn Las Vegas Spring-Summer 2019 comedy lineup is as follows:

Seth Meyers: Saturday, May 4 (one night only – two performances)

Emmy Award-winning writer, comedian, actor, and late-night television host, Seth Meyers, will make his Wynn Las Vegas debut for one-night-only on May 4, bringing his memorable comedy and topical monologue jokes to the stage for two performances at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Meyers began his career with Saturday Night Live in 2001 where he served as a cast member for 13 seasons and a head writer for nine seasons, during which he won an Emmy for “Outstanding Original Music and Lyrics” for host Justin Timberlake’s musical monologue. Named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People (2014), Meyers has garnered 20 Emmy nominations for his work in television, and has gained notoriety in the stand-up world for his perfectly-timed wit and off-the-cuff satire which has led him to host the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards and the 75th Golden Globe Awards

Jim Gaffigan: Saturday, May 18 (one night only – two performances)

Emmy-winning top touring performer and four-time GRAMMY nominated comedian, actor, writer and producer Jim Gaffigan will bring his international “Quality Time” tour to Wynn Las Vegas in two back-to-back performances on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. Cited by Forbes as “one of the world’s highest grossing comedians” (2016) and one of Pandora’s most popular streamed comics, the critically-acclaimed performer continues his reign in the comedic world, repeatedly selling out venues across the U.S. Amazon recently announced its foray into stand-up comedy with the streaming service’s first-ever original stand-up special, Gaffigan’s Quality Time, which is slated to debut on Amazon Prime Video in late 2019.

Sebastian Maniscalco: Memorial Day Weekend – Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26 (two performances nightly)

Comedian, actor and best-selling author Sebastian Maniscalco, dubbed “comedy’s new superstar” in a recent profile by NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, will make his Wynn Las Vegas debut with a two-night-only engagement at the Encore Theater on May 25 and 26. Maniscalco will bring his observational humor to the stage in two back-to-back performances each night at 7:30 p.m. and 10 p.m. With a string of record-breaking sold-out comedy appearances, a best-selling memoir (Stay Hungry) and a role in the Golden Globe-winning Green Book, 2018 was a milestone year, culminating in Maniscalco receiving Billboard’s inaugural Comedian of the Year award. 2019 is already shaping up to be another landmark year for the comedian, with a role in Martin Scorsese’s upcoming picture The Irishman as well as a just-released Netflix special streaming now, and recently adding playing FOUR shows at ‘The Garden’ to his list of accomplishments.

Jo Koy:  Friday, May 31; Saturday, June 1; Sunday, June 2

Jo Koy will bring his wildly popular “Break The Mold” tour to Wynn Las Vegas for three nights only on May 31, June 1-2. Koy will showcase his insightful humor and jokes inspired by his family onstage. No stranger to Las Vegas, Koy could once be seen performing at a local coffee house before launching his career; his performances there would eventually inspire his move to Los Angeles to pursue his passion for comedy. Now known for his explosive energy onstage, Koy’s comedic career has seen great success with record-breaking ticket sales and sold-out audiences around the world. In 2018, Koy received the prestigious “Stand-up Comedian of the Year” award at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal.

Ali Wong: Labor Day Weekend – Saturday, Aug. 31 and Sunday, Sept. 1 (two performances nightly)

This Labor Day Weekend, comedian, actress and writer Ali Wong will make her Wynn Las Vegas debut with a two-night-only engagement of her “Milk & Money”tour at the Encore Theater on August 31 and September 1. Wong will bring her critically-acclaimed humor to the stage in two back-to-back performances each night at 7:30 p.m and 10 p.m. Following her breakout Netflix special Baby Cobra in 2016, Wong has received nationwide praise for her comic genius and raw jokes. In 2018, Wong returned to the screen with her second Netflix special Hard Knock Wife, which also received critical acclaim. This year is already shaping up to be an exciting year for Wong. Wong will executive produce and voice the co-lead in the upcoming Netflix animated series Tuca and Bertie with comedian and actress Tiffany Haddish, and she will also appear in the feature film Always Be My Maybe, which she co-wrote and co-stars in with Randall Park. Later this year, Wong will release her debut book for Random House – a book of essays inspired by her life offstage.

For more information about the Wynn Las Vegas comedy lineup please visit:

https://www.wynnlasvegas.com/entertainment