Monday, Dec. 20, 2010 | 12:05 p.m.
For five years, outrageous comic Carrot Top has dazzled audiences with his crazy zany props, and audiences have always left asking if there’s anything he can’t use to grab a knockout punchline. For five years, he’s delivered a nightly 90-minute show at rat-a-tat speed, firing on all cylinders in a nonstop barrage of humor -- and no two shows have ever been alike.
Congratulations from all of us at VegasDeLuxe.com to Carrot Top, real name Scott Thompson, for five years of shows. He’s come full circle with his Strip residency at the Luxor. Born in Florida, he packed colleges and clubs across the country, with annual appearances here, and five years ago decided to move here full time.
When I talked with Scott about the milestone, he reminded me that he used to stay on MGM Grand’s 23rd floor when he first performed here. Andre Agassi’s father worked on the same VIP floor, and that was how Scott and Andre became friends.
“Must be 15 years now,” Carrot Top said. “I told his dad that I wanted to meet him, so when he was married at the time to Brooke Shields, they came to the show and even returned again and again. We started talking because when I was a little kid, I would go every day after school and kind of work in my mother’s Love Tennis shop in Florida.
“Before I got addicted to comedy, I was seriously thinking about playing tennis full time. I joined the tennis team and played with a lot of professionals. I told Andre all that, and he was like, ‘No way.’ So with that in common, we’ve been friends ever since. I’d followed him as a fan and had always liked him, but after meeting him, that was even cooler. His book tells his amazing and interesting life story, and on top of all that, he’s a great guy. He’s amazing at what he does.
“He still hasn’t brought Steffi Graf in to see the show, but now we’ve hit the fifth year anniversary, hopefully he will. I know she’d be laughing because he laughs at everything I do onstage.”
Carrot Top said he was a strong tennis player with a stunning overhand smash. “It was wicked. It was a really good hit, and the best thing in my bag of tricks on the court was playing tennis in Charlotte while on the road with my opening act pal Charlie Veracola. The shot used to drive him nuts. He put his racquet out one day to kind of stop the ball, but it bent his finger back, and it was broken for a year. Still to this day, he reminds me I broke his hand -- and that’s why he still opens for me!”
As a Las Vegas resident, Carrot Top is a diligent and dedicated supporter of our community. He recently joined in the fight against breast cancer and donated his prized guitar he’d kept backstage at the Luxor for visiting musicians to sign, including Roger Taylor, Vince Neil, REO Speedwagon, Pantera and many others. The guitar was auctioned off at the Hard Rock Cafe on The Strip during a breast cancer awareness fundraiser fashion show.
“I’m thrilled to do my part to help breast cancer research,” Scott said. “I plan on doing it every year, and we have already started on next year’s pink guitar.”
Today’s red carpet starts at 6:15 p.m., and Carrot Top’s friends, including Criss Angel and the Fantasy dancers, who also star at the Luxor, along with Holly Madison and her Peepshow and reality TV show castmates are expected for the pre-show celebration at 7:15 p.m., with curtain up at 8.30.
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