Tuesday, March 26, 2013 | 3:21 p.m.
Gilbert Gottfried roasts Roseanne
Las Vegas entertainers are about to tear apart one another all in the name of comedy. Vegas DeLuxe has learned exclusively that the debut of the show "Showbiz Roast" is set for April 23 late night at Stratosphere Showroom so that Strip performers can get there after their own shows.
A dozen or more roasters will take to the stage to celebrate, tease and lovingly poke fun at the first victim -- spiky-haired blond Zowie Bowie singer Chris Phillips. April 5 is the seventh anniversary of his residency at Red Rock Resort.
British award-winning production designer Andy Walmsley is presenting the series of the planned “Showbiz Roast.” The Emmy winner has created sets for some of TV’s biggest hits -- “America’s Got Talent,” “American Idol,” Biggest Loser” and “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.”
Here in his new hometown, Andy designed Strip sets for Terry Fator, Human Nature, Nathan Burton and “America’s Got Talent Live” and is currently the production consultant on The Scintas show opening at The D Hotel next week.
He told me: “The core intention is to create camaraderie in the showbiz community not seen since The Golden Era of The Rat Pack. There will be musical roasts backed by a live band, surprise guests and an onstage bar to fuel the ferocity and hysteria of the roasters showing tongue-in-cheek affection for their showbiz pals.
“The stage will be set up with a throne for Chris, and the 12 celebrity roasters will be seated either side of him on the stage. Each roast will be about four minutes -- 2 minutes to hit Chris and 2 minutes to hit the fellow roasters.
“Chris is very aware -- and excited -- to hear the jokes, and it will be very much open season. They can be cruel as long as it’s funny and with a tongue-in-cheek feel delivered with affection.”
Here’s an example of Hollywood cruelty with Gilbert Gottfried’s funniest-ever roast of Tropicana headliner Roseanne Barr on Comedy Central, but be forewarned of the four-letter obscenities and strong sexual language.
Andy added: “The roasts in total will last no longer than 80 minutes. We are asking two of the roasters to sing their insults to a live band led by Dave Perrico.”
Invitations to roasters are being sent Wednesday, and the plan calls for the roasts to take place every six weeks.
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.
Situated at the entrance to Red Rock Canyon and minutes from the world-renowned Las Vegas Strip, Red Rock Casino, Resort & Spa offers five-star luxury in a modern property, built in 2006.
The casino features features 3,000 slot and video poker machines, 60 table games including blackjack, baccarat, craps, poker, roulette, a 206-seat Race and Sports Book with a 96-foot video wall a 20-table smoke-free poker room open 24 hours a day, a 600-seat bingo hall with separate smoking and non-smoking sections, open 7 days a week with sessions running every other hour from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m., a 20-seat keno lounge and a private high-limit room.
A recipient of the AAA Four Diamond Award since opening and named one of the world's best new hotels by Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Red Rock redefines casino resort architecture by incorporating natural light, a convenient layout and the comforts of a modern lifestyle.
The centerpiece of the property is the three-acre pool complex with 19 cabanas and swim-up gaming. Its location allows for balcony views from several of the property's restaurants and Cherry Nightclub. Aside from Cherry, guests can grab a drink at Onyx or Lucky or listen to live music in Rocks Lounge.
Dining spans the globe at Red Rock with more than 10 restaurants, including the Italian food of Terra Rossa, the Japanese fusion of Hachi, the Mexican spices at Cabo Cantina or a bit of everything at the Feast Buffet.
Unlike some resorts in town, Red Rock has activities for the whole family, such as a 16-screen movie theater and an arcade. The 72-lane bowling center features a VIP area and carpet that glows in the dark for after hours at Cosmic Bowling.