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The Comedy Cellar Now in Las Vegas

Last updated: April 13, 2018 at 5:53 pm. Posted by in Las Vegas Shows, Rio Las Vegas. Comments Off on The Comedy Cellar Now in Las Vegas.

The Comedy Cellar Las Vegas stage at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino

The fabled Comedy Cellar is now in Las Vegas. Who will step up to the microphone next? Photo courtesy of The Comedy Cellar.

The Comedy Cellar Las Vegas at The Rio

It’s a hot time for the Las Vegas comedy scene with numerous new shows and clubs opening within a few months, but none has the buzz of The Comedy Cellar at the Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.

The Cellar is an icon of New York City, with the best of the best comedians performing there regularly. The brand lays claim to discovering Dave Chapelle, Ray Romano, Jon Stewart, Dave Attel, Amy Schumer and Chris Rock. Comic luminaries including Jerry Seinfeld and Colin Quinn perform there often and the club boasts 36 years of consecutive sellout shows.

The secret to The Comedy Cellar’s popularity is the intimate experience it gives audiences. Imagine seeing some of the biggest comedians in the world in a small bar setting. It a treat that only you and a few other fortunate fans know about.

That vibe is essential for the success of the newest Comedy Cellar – and the only one outside of New York City. The space used to house both restaurants and comedy nights, but now it is fully transformed into The Cellar West.

The view of The Comedy Cellar in Las Vegas before the crowd settles in.

The long view before the crowd and the laughs fill in at The Comedy Cellar at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino. Photo courtesy of The Comedy Cellar.

A 300-seat venue with the audience spread throughout the width of the space features all the comedy club staples: low lighting, a mock brick wall background behind the comics on stage, upscale bar snacks and specialty cocktails courtesy of sister lounge The Fat Black Pussycat.

All of this is to provide the customer with the experience they would have in the original Comedy Cellar. Add to that the club’s unique format, which talent producer Estee Adoram calls, “one of the club’s secret sauces,” and what you have is an authentic version of the standup comedy mecca that hasn’t had a free seat in more than three-and-a-half decades.

The aforementioned format is run showcase style with multiple headliners doing 15 – 20-minute sets so patrons get to see the best of the best do their best.

Besides a surprise visit by Ray Romano, opening weekend featured the subversive humor of “Inside Amy Schumer” contributor Kyle Dunnigan, the character-driven work of Jessica Kirson who has appeared on “The Tonight Show,” the high energy antics of Nathan McIntosh who’s been seen on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” and the fish-out-of-water tales of former Chapelle opener Mo Amer.

Along with the veteran presence of house emcee Mark Cohen, it equaled a weekend featuring a lot of laughs and a different style than what Las Vegas comedy crowds have grown accustomed to.

A sign similar to the original sign at The Comedy Cellar Las Vegas at the Rio

A touch of New York in Las Vegas at The Comedy Cellar. Photo courtesy of The Comedy Cellar.

Showcase shows run Wednesday through Sunday at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. with an additional 11 p.m. performance on Saturdays. The club will also feature headliner shows which will run 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on their scheduled dates.

While it doesn’t yet have 30-plus years of straight sellouts under its belt, the Las Vegas iteration of The Comedy Cellar is a worthy addition to the scene and an excellent representation of the brand.

The Comedy Cellar

Where: The Comedy Cellar at Rio All-Suite Hotel and Casino.
When: 7 p.m., 9 p.m. Wednesday – Sunday. Additional 11 p.m. show on Saturday.
Tickets: Starting from $42.00 (plus taxes & fees)

Upcoming Comedians

Thursday, April 12 – Sunday, April 15

  • Greer Barnes: From HBO’s “Crashing,” The “Dave Chappelle Show,” “Tough Crowd,” “For Love of the Game,” and “The David Letterman Show.”
  • Emmy Blotnick: From Comedy Central Half Hour Special, head writer of Comedy Central’s “The President Show,” Comedy Central “Comics To Watch.”
  • Julian McCullough: Half Hour Special on Comedy Central, “Inside Amy Schumer,” “Fuse,” “This American Life.”
  • Emma Willman: From “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Netflix, MTV VH1, Host of “The Check Spot” on SiriusXM.

Wednesday, April 18

  • Featuring Owen Smith: Writer and actor on “Everybody Hates Chris,” HBO’s “Are We There Yet,” and Comedy Central.
  • Judah Friedlander: From NBC’s Emmy Winner “30 Rock,” the movies “Showtime” and “Meet the Parents.”

Thursday, April 19 – Sunday, April 22

  • Matthew Broussard: From Conan, Comedy Central Half Hour, Finalist on Jeff Ross’ “Roast Battle.”
  • Phil Hanley: Comedy Central special, “The Late Show with Seth Meyers,” “The Pete Holmes Show” on TBS, John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show, Host of “Keeping Joe” podcast.
  • Owen Smith: Writer and actor on “Everybody Hates Chris,” HBO’s “Are We There Yet,” and Comedy Central.
  • Ricky Velez: “Larry Wilmore’s Nightly Show,” Comic To Watch: Comedy Central, NY’s Funniest: NY Comedy Festival.


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Jason is originally from the great state of New Jersey. That’s right – great! He’s lived in Las Vegas on and off for the past 20 years, which he also rates as top notch. As a pop culture fanatic, he loves concerts, great food, offbeat adventures and movies. He has written for too many publications to mention, has sold a few screenplays and is immersed in the creative world.

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