by Terri D?Richards
?When I had the opportunity to build the ultimate comedy club at MGM Grand, I wanted a venue that captured the ambiance and style of the 1940s in New York,? proclaims veteran television and film star Brad Garrett. ?Those were times when renovated warehouses were turned into speakeasies and small theaters, creating an intimate atmosphere with great entertainment.? Garrett?s new venue at MGM Grand delivers on point in fulfilling it?s namesake?s goal of replicating famous New York night spots like The Copacabana, The Stork Club and Jilly?s — all well-known for their top-notch entertainment and unparalleled customer service.
On any given night, a visit to Brad Garrett?s Comedy Club provides a strong dose of comic relief to those in need of one ? and who isn?t these days? And a visit proves why it was voted ?Best Comedy Club? by the Las Vegas Review Journal, as well as ?Best Place to See Comedy? by Las Vegas City Life magazine.
A plus right off the bat: the club?s accessible location, a quick straight shot from the main parking garage elevator, and around the corner from the MGM ticketing booth (easy monorail access too!). Once you?ve arrived, the hostess will show you to your table, and let you settle in to this handsomely appointed room, a noticeable step above most similar venues in town. Start enjoying a ?Steve Martini?, ?Heckler?, ?Ad-libber? or one of the other comedy inspired feature cocktails. Your server will be friendly, efficient and easy on the eyes. The tab will include a gratuity.
Now settle back and enjoy the 90 minute show. Brad Garrett himself performs once a month (at a slightly higher price per ticket than the revolving showcase of comedians on the schedule). The well known actor is instantly recognizable for his Emmy award winning role on the popular sitcom ?Everybody Loves Raymond? as well as numerous film and voice work credits including, ?The Pacifier,? ?Music and Lyrics,? ?Suicide Kings,? Woody Allen?s ?Sweet and Lowdown,? and characters such as Bloat in ?Finding Nemo,? Dim in ?A Bug?s Life,? Gasteau in ?Ratatouille? and Hookhand in Disney?s ?Tangled.? He recently completed voicing the role of Chug in Disney/Pixar?s newest film ?Planes.?
Garret?s Las Vegas roots date back to the days when he rose up the ranks performing here back in the 80?s. His experience both in town and in the Comedy business remains evident in his notable attention to detail throughout the club, and most especially his choice of top tier talent booked during the interim weeks. On the night of our visit local comic Kelly McDonald served as MC, loosening up the audience for warm-up act Matt Kazam, then headliner Alonzo Bodden. Both sets were LOL funny and then some, leaving audience members to depart in excellent spirits after their no-fail feel good elixir of cocktails and comedy all within Garrett?s concept setting of classic nightclub from days-gone-by.