Talking With Dick Capri – April 27, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Dick Capri. To listen to the interview click below.

Veteran comedian Dick Capri, along with Steve Solomon, performs in “The Battle of the Broadway Comedians” in the Troesh Studio Theater at the Smith Center, April 26- 30.

In a career that has spanned two continents he has played every major entertainment medium including nightclubs, resorts, arenas, and theaters. Capri has even piled his trade on the Broadway stage and on national television. He has worked with such major stars as Tom Jones, Liza Minnelli, and Frank Sinatra.

He broke into international prominence in 1973 when he toured with Englebert Humperdinck. Capri honed his comedy craft performing at such venues as Radio City Music Hall and the Minskoff Theater in New York, as well as in major resorts in Las Vegas and the Palladium in London. While in England he also performed on a television special broadcast over the BBC

Capri made his Broadway debut in 1991 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theater, co-starring in the critically acclaimed Catskills On Broadway. The show played to sold-out houses for 14 months and later toured nationally, leaving audiences roaring with laughter night after night.

He had made several appearances on national television, including being part of Comedy Central’s highest-rated special, the comedically acclaimed New York Friars Club Roast of Drew Cary. Capri also has performed for Presidents Gerald Ford and George Bush.

Capri writes most of his own material, much of it based on his own experiences from his travels. His unique style features a measured and deliberate delivery.

Born Richard Crupi in Reading, Pennsylvania, Capri started his show business career as a clerk in his father’s grocery store-doing comedy mimes of the customers. When he ran out of characters there, he left the store to become a full-fledged impressionist and developed the unique comedic style that has become his trademark.


Talking With Heidi Swank & Michelle Larime – April 20, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Heidi Swank & Michelle Larime. To listen to the interview click below.

Heidi Swank, founder and executive director of the Nevada Preservation Foundation and Michelle Larime, associate director, lead an organization dedicated to revitalizing historic buildings and places in Nevada. It is the only grassroots advocacy and heritage tourism historic preservation nonprofit in the state.

The organization sponsors NPF’s Home + History Las Vegas weekend, April 28-30. The 3rd annual event is expanding with different offerings but geared to emphasize important architecture and places as related to Nevada’s history, incorporating elements of preservation, various types of 20th century design, sustainability, art, culture and community. It includes tours of historic homes and neighborhoods.


Talking With Billy Gilman – April 13, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Billy Gilman. To listen to the interview click below.

Billy Gilman will be performing in the Orleans Showroom April 22-23 at 8 p.m.

At 12 years old, Gilman broke records with his debut album “One Voice,” which became certified double-platinum and made him the Guinness Book of World Records’ youngest artist to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts. Gilman has sold more than 500 million albums and became the youngest solo artist to ever receive a Grammy nomination.

With the popularity of his first single “One Voice” and Top-40 hit “Oklahoma,” Gilman won the American Music Award for “Favorite New Country Artist” in 2001. Gilman went on to release two more albums, including “Dare to Dream,” which featured favorites like “She’s My Girl” and “Elisabeth.”

Gilman burst back into the music scene when he introduced his new sound to fans on NBC’s 11th season of “The Voice.” He reached the season finale with the help of his coach, Adam Levine of Maroon 5.


Talking With Dominic Parisi – April 6, 2017

This week, Ira spoke with Dominic Parisi. To listen to the interview click below.

Dominic Parisi, author of “My Vegas Life,” was, for more than 30 years, the Director of Specialty Restaurants, Room Service, and Hospitality at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino (previously the Las Vegas Hotel & Casino, Las Vegas Hilton and the International).

His book, which encompasses what he calls The Golden Age of Las Vegas, also covers his journey to Las Vegas, his family connections, his friendships with Elvis and Barry Manilow, and his unique meeting with Michael Jackson