Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club Focuses on the Strip

You’ll notice a new energy as you stroll through the expansive dining and shopping district of MGM Grand leading to the Grand Garden Arena. The excitement starts to build as you approach Emeril’s New Orleans Fish House, then you turn the corner to find yourself in front of a chic cocktail bar with live music, inviting you to stop before dinner or the show. And that’s just the beginning.

This is the new location of Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club, which opened 11 years ago in the underground shopping lobby between the lobby and the resort parking lot. During the pandemic, it temporarily relocated to a banquet space near the arena to allow for socially distanced stand-up comedy performances, and as soon as it returned to its original intimate location, plans were underway to a permanent location at this much larger spot, formerly the China Tang restaurant.

Brad Garret

“They [MGM] brought it to me,” says Garrett, the 6-foot-8 comedian we all know Everybody loves Raymond and his hilarious new commercials as the “King of Cold Cuts” for the Jimmy John’s sandwich chain. “The club was doing so well downstairs when they came up with this opportunity, and getting any spot on the strip can be brutal. The time had come. »

The comedy space actually hosts fewer guests, dropping from 40 to around 210, but the stage “is much closer to the audience and the room is wider, so it’s really intimate, which everyone seems really love,” he said. “Comics love the part. It feels like the old New York venues we walked into…except there are no bad seats.

The separate lounge space adds a dynamic pre- and post-show element, but the real benefit is the location. Many of Vegas’s seminal comedy venues – the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana or the Comedy Cellar at the Rio, for example – are tucked into the corners of casinos. Garrett’s club is at the heart of one of the largest high-traffic areas of the sprawling MGM Grand.

And it continues to book up-and-coming talent in the comedy scene, including performers who moved to Las Vegas during the uncertainty of the past few years in the live entertainment industry. Celebrity visits also continue; the downstairs club saw Chris Rock, Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno pop up out of the blue, and former Westgate headliner George Wallace took the stage at the new spot earlier this month- this. “We keep the bar high, except when I’m there,” Garrett cracks.

He’ll be back at his club to host and perform on September 21, but don’t be surprised to see him sneak into this weekend’s World Series of Comedy Main Event, complete with the festival semi-finals and final. stand-up comedy annual. and competitions scheduled for September 17 at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. respectively.

The WSOC toured a dozen cities across North America with over 500 comics vying for the crown. Prizes include paid gigs at comedy clubs across the country and a recording contract, and some of the former contestants who have become regulars on Garrett’s Vegas spot include Landry, Spencer James, Trixx, Jason Cheny and DJ Sandhu.

In early 2023, you can catch Garrett in the new AppleTV+ series High Desert with Patricia Arquette and Matt Dillon. It’s a dark, comedic drama “about this desert community, a group of misfits trying to figure out life,” says Garrett. Sounds familiar, doesn’t it?

BRAD GARRETT’S COMEDY CLUB MGM Grand, 866-740-7711, Monday-Thursday, 7 p.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Sunday, 7 p.m.-midnight.

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