Talking With Jim Tavaré – April 26, 2018

Talking With Jim Tavaré – April 26, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with Jim Tavaré. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian Jim Tavaré is headlining, along with Jackson Perdue, in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas through April 29.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Tavaré talks about his catastrophic, life-changing accident that kept him off the stage for more than a year; how his new approach to comedy will a funny and serious narrative of that accident; how he first developed his unique act with a double bass; how he’d rather deal with a heckler than a disinterested person; and his performances before The Royal Family and crowned heads of Europe.

Tavaré is an actor and comedian who holds the distinction of being the only overseas act ever to reach the final of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing.”

He co-wrote and starred in ITV’s “The Sketch Show,” which won a BAFTA and was syndicated worldwide.

He wrote and starred in six highly acclaimed short silent films for BBC Television (UK) called “Jim Tavaré Pictures Presents.” This was followed by his own comedy sketch series “The Jim Tavaré Show, a 13- part TV series co-written with Ricky Gervais, who also starred.

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Talking With Brad Williams – April 19, 2018

Talking With Brad Williams – April 19, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with Brad Williams. To listen to the interview click below.

Comedian Brad Williams returns to Las Vegas for two performances inside Rocks Lounge at Red Rock Resort, April 20-21.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Williams talks about how he wins audiences over with by acknowledging his diminutive size with candor and humor; why his 4’4” height allows him to talk about things the average comedian can’t; how he finds humor through observations; why he doesn’t tell political jokes; and how social media has both improved comedy and made it worse.

A California native, Williams started doing stand-up at age 19 and has been touring ever since.

He has appeared on numerous TV shows including “Legit,” “Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground,” “Sam and Cat,” “Live at Gotham,” “The Tonight Show,” “ Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Mind Of Mencia,” and “Pitboss.”

His one hour comedy special, “Fun Size,” was the highest rated comedy special on Showtime in 2015. A year later, he followed it up with a second special, “Daddy Issues.”

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Talking With Kevin Lepine – April 12, 2018

Talking With Kevin Lepine – April 12, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with Kevin Lepine. To listen to the interview click below.

Kevin Lepine, winner of “Best of Vegas,” stars in “Hypnosis Unleashed” at Binion’s in Downtown Las Vegas, Tuesdays through Sundays at 8:30.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Lepine talks about his background in clinical hypnosis; his development of hypnosis for performance art; his appreciation of mentors as well not taking his nightly audience for granted; his move to Las Vegas from Detroit; and the reasons for his success with his own show in Downtown Las Vegas.

Lepine has a certification in hypnotherapy, and uses his knowledge to take comedy hypnosis to a new level. Ironically, says Kepine, “I want my volunteers to have the time of their lives. The volunteers have even more fun than the audiences.”

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Talking With William Rempel – April 5, 2018

Talking With William Rempel – April 5, 2018

This week, Ira spoke with William Rempel. To listen to the interview click below.

William C. Rempel is the author of “The Gambler, How Penniless Dropout Kirk Kerkorian Became The Greatest Deal Maker in Capitalist History.” Kerkorian played a big part in the development of modern Las Vegas.

In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Rempel traces Kerkorian’s hardscrabble childhood; his bravery in ferrying airplanes to Europe in World War II; his ability to take chances in business; his legacy in creating the leisure industry and the subsequent impact on Las Vegas; and the lowest point in his life, one which had nothing to do with money.

Rempel is a veteran investigative reporter and editor with thirty-six-years’ experience at the Los Angeles Times. He has been recognized with numerous journalism honors including an Overseas Press Club Award, and a Gerald Loeb Award, and was a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

He is the author of “At the Devil’s Table: The Untold Story of the Insider Who Brought Down the Cali Cartel,” the basis of an eighty-episode Spanish language television series.

Rempel’s first book, “Delusions of a Dictator,” was based on exclusive access to the secret diaries of former Philippines dictator Ferdinand Marcos.

Over his long career at the Los Angeles Times, Rempel produced groundbreaking reports on subjects ranging from oil tanker safety prior to the Exxon Valdez disaster to the menace of al Qaeda prior to September 11, 2001.

He tracked international arms merchants across Europe, documented secret U.S. support for terrorists in North Africa and traced the shipments of Soviet-era cargo planes to South American drug cartels.

Few of those stories were as challenging as finding the real Kirk Kerkorian behind decades of privacy protection.

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