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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 | 3:29 p.m.
Cruel! Savage! Sarcastic! Rude! Spiky-blond-haired singer Chris Phillips of Zowie Bowie will be toasted tonight by 12 of his pals in the first “Showbiz Roast” at The Stratosphere. Producer-organizer Andy Walmsley only wanted friends to tease and make fun of Chris with a lot of affection, but that’s gone right out the window! For the sake of comedy, it will be an all-out skewering.
However, in the tables-are-turned scenario, each roaster gets roasted by their fellow roasters. It’s a star-studded roundup of Strip entertainers, including George Wallace and Vinnie Favorito from the Flamingo, singers Lorena Peril of “Fantasy” at the Luxor, Clint Holmes and Frankie Scinta of The D Hotel, impressionist Gordie Brown of the Golden Nugget, magician Murray Sawchuck of the Tropicana and Recycled Percussion of The Quad. Even yours truly and Las Vegas Sun Editor at Large John Katsilometes are onstage to give and get.
It’s a full house of 600 people with a wait list for the first of what Andy hopes will be a series of local “Showbiz Roast” events. Chris will be seated in a large throne with six of us on stools at either side. Andy even has an open bar onstage for us to get merry and loose before we sling our barbs and arrows.
“Showbiz Roast” kicks off at 11 p.m. in the Showroom that also is home to Frankie Moreno and “Pin Up” starring Claire Sinclair.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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It is virtually impossible to be anywhere in Las Vegas and miss the Stratosphere. It towers 1,149 feet above Las Vegas and is the tallest observation tower in the United States. The casino itself is 55,784 square feet and contains 950 slot machines, 120 game tables and 2,427 hotel rooms.
Of the hotel's 2,427 rooms, 909 were recently remodeled into Stratosphere Select rooms.
The Stratosphere is mostly known for its rides at the top of the tower. The Big Shot, located at the 113th floor, torpedoes riders up 160 feet using compressed air. X-Scream is a teeter-totter perched at the top of the observation deck — if that wasn't scary enough, the coaster arm flings the riders out 27 feet over the edge of the tower. Guests looking for something more sedate can just hang around the 107th floor and simply look at the scenery.