There was a point during the stand-up performance of comedian Steven Wright – who played the Borgata Music Box Friday Nov. 4 – when virtually everyone in the near-capacity crowd came to the same conclusion.
Steven Wright is insane.
Not clinically, of course, but hilariously insane. And it wasn’t just that he kept telling the crowd he was. Listening to Wright’s barrage of one-liners mixed in with strange – sometimes very strange – stories, the conclusion was inescapable. He is crazy funny.
You know Wright for his lethargic, deadpan delivery of ironic, sometimes philosophical one liners.
Labor Day is upon us and that means we’re all gearing up for the fall season after another long, luxurious summer in Atlantic City at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. That’s assuming, of course, you managed to get away this summer and enjoy a little down time.
Autumn is the season when we all seem to reboot. It’s back to school, back to work, back to the daily grind. Sure, there’s some good stuff like football season, new TV shows, fall foliage … but it also means shorter days, leaves to rake, driving the kids to soccer practice and an ever-shrinking amount of time for holiday shopping.
You know, just thinking about it makes you want to plan another getaway … a fall escape … a fall escape to Borgata. We are, after all, the getaway specialists and we’ll let you in on a little secret – autumn is a beautiful time of year in Atlantic City and along the Jersey Shore.
Comedian Jim Gaffigan may seem like he’s everywhere these days. He stars in a series of pretty funny commercials for Chrysler, was one of the revolving Colonel Sanders in KFC’s ongoing ad campaign and just completed a run of the second season of “The Jim Gaffigan Show” on TV Land.
But despite all this TV, when Gaffigan rolled his Fully Dressed Tour into the Borgata Event Center Saturday for two shows, it was pretty evident what got Gaffigan to where he is – namely killer stand-up. Playing before two packed houses, Gaffigan unleashed a solid hour of wide ranging stand-up which covered everything from the changing seasons, the differences between ordering steak and fish (guess which one Gaffigan prefers) to travelling with his kids…
At Borgata, we work hard to bring the best shows, concerts and live entertainment to Atlantic City and to you. And we think we do a pretty good job as our packed line-up of shows and nightlife options always show and our proud of being the leader in Atlantic City entertainment.
But when it comes to comedy, few stretches on our schedule can compare to the three weeks between August 12 and September 3. It’s enough to make us toot our own horn a little, so to speak.
Four of the biggest names in comedy will perform at the Borgata Event Center, starting with perhaps the most famous stand-up in the country, Jerry Seinfeld for shows on August 12 and August 13 respectively.
Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer season and that’s something we take very seriously here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Not that we don’t enjoy spring, or fall for that matter, but when summer rolls around we tend to take our partying to the next level.
So let us introduce a great new package designed for comedy lovers we’re calling the Bor-HaHa Hotel Package.
Get it. Borgata … Bor-HaHa.
Ok, maybe we’re using the description “great” pun a little loosely, but it doesn’t change the fact that our new Bor-HaHa Hotel Package is a great deal for fans of stand-up comedy and the Borgata Comedy Club.
Start by sipping cocktails at Long Bar, then laugh out loud with some of the region’s top comics, before slipping into 300-thread-count Egyptian cotton sheets in your signature Borgata bed.
Starting at $129 a night, you get:
In an amazing coup for Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa, presidential candidate Donald Trump will be appearing at Borgata’s Music Box this Friday, April 15, with a lineup of special guests likely to include John Madden, Charles Barkley, various sportscasters from ESPN and Fox sports and possibly Morgan Freeman and William Shatner.
And that’s just for openers.
How, you ask, could Borgata pull off such an awesome show this late in the presidential campaign?
Easy, we booked one guy – comedian and impressionist Frank Caliendo.
You know Caliendo from his comic stint on “Fox NFL Sunday” and his long run on “Mad TV” – which The CW just announced it is reviving – and for being one of the best celebrity impressionists anywhere.
On April 15, Caliendo brings his cast of thousands to The Music Box for a 9pm show.
Though it’s hard to pin down which of Caliendo’s impersonations is the most popular – John Madden is a good guess – given the current political climate, it’s pretty easy to guess which is the most popular right now – Donald Trump.
“People go crazy for it,” Caliendo recently said in an interview with The Salamanca Press. “It’s probably the thing people like the most right now.”
But that doesn’t mean other celebs like Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro and former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. might not show up.
A variety show wasn’t exactly a concert, or a comedy show, or an acrobatic show or any one thing in particular kind of show. It was all of the above and more.
From Vaudeville to the great variety shows of early American television such as the “Ed Sullivan Show,” variety shows ruled from the late 1800s to the mid-20th century.
The secret to these shows was that the audience never knew what was coming next. A singer could be followed by a plate spinner. The plate spinner might be followed by an animal act and then a comic. Next up was a troupe of acrobats followed by a magician.
In the end, the name spoke for itself – Variety.
And we here at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa are bringing them back with The Great American Variety Show playing Thursdays at Borgata’s Music Box now through May 5.
For our variety show, we’ve got an “America’s Got Talent” finalist in Clint Carvalho and his parrot (Yes, it’s a parrot act), acrobats, local illusionist Michael Grasso (another “America’s Got Talent” veteran), knife throwers, comedy and a roller skate thrill act (That’s right, roller skates).
Check out this lineup:
Through the years, Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa has welcomed a lot of magicians to its performing stages. The same holds true for comedians, which have always been a staple at our entertainment venues.
When it comes to dragons, however, well, there have been very few. After all, how many dragons are there really that regularly perform stage shows? Maybe Smaug, for a time, but the dwarfs got him.
So not many.
And when it comes to performing comic magician dragons, then there’s only one.
So, it’s with great pride that we announce the return of Piff the Magic Dragon to Borgata’s Music Box for two performances March 19 at 7pm and 10pm.
The 7pm show is sold out.
Not to be confused with that other dragon who lived by the sea, Piff the Magic Dragon has made quite a name for himself by offering up one of the edgiest, and funniest magic shows to ever grace an Atlantic City stage.
And we’re not talking about a children’s magic show here.
Piff is actually UK comedian John van der Put who bills himself as “The Greatest Performing Dragon of All Time” and has appeared on Penn and Teller’s “Fool Us,” and “America’s Got Talent,” and performs an in-residence solo show regularly in Las Vegas at The Flamingo.
As Piff puts it, “imagine Larry David in a dragon suit performing jaw-dropping magic tricks and you’re on the right track. With over 12 million YouTube hits to his name Piff has performed to hundreds of thousands of people in preposterous venues such as Radio City Music Hall, the O2, London, and Sydney Opera House.