The comedy scene in Las Vegas is about to become even funnier. One of Manhattan’s most legendary comedy clubs is bringing its signature style to the Strip this April when the Comedy Cellar opens at Rio. After 36 years making the East Coast laugh, the Cellar is expanding to the West for the first time.
According to owner Noam Dworman this is something he’s been working on for the past three years. “The time just wasn’t right with any of the casinos before then all of a sudden Caesars changed their minds,” he says.
So why all of a sudden? It’s likely because there has been a comedy boom with tons of new comedy shows and specials on Netflix and other streaming channels offering even more access. Dworman believes comedy is now as popular as music and is just as enticing. “There are comedians selling out Madison Square Garden quite often and that’s something that wouldn’t have happened years ago. It was always reserved for only the biggest musical acts.”
The Cellar has hosted some huge names in comedy including Dave Chappelle, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Amy Schemer and Chris Rock. The Vegas version will have superstars drop by for spontaneous sets, with 5 headliners giving their best 20 minutes per show.
“The room at the Rio is coming out fantastic, it looks just like the Cellar in New York. And the lineups we have booked for the first two months are indistinguishable from what we have in the city,” said Dworman in a statement. “It’s all coming together. [Vegas clubs] are drawing from a group of comics that are out on the road and I don’t really know that world. Our intention at the Cellar is to not book any comics like that. We are flying out our regular comedians and bringing in many of the comedians we know who have moved to Los Angeles.”
Get your laughs in when Comedy Cellar opens April 5 with discount tickets here at BestofVegas.com.