This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with actor, comic and writer Bill Dawes, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas, January 7-10. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Dawes talks about his early days and his decision to lead a creative life (capped by throwing his briefcase in the Hudson River!); writing a successful play and receiving no credit; why comedy has been one of the keys to his success (and the serious side of comedy); how he started a podcast, “The Afterlaugh,” in his backyard; and why he finds success through trying new things.
Dawes has appeared in dozens of TV shows, including “Special Victims Unit,” “Elementary,” “Criminal Minds,” “Kevin Can Wait,” “Rizzoli and Isles,” “Royal Pains,” “The Following,” “Sex and the City,” and “Damages.” He has played lead roles in several feature films, including the award-winning independent films “Before the Sun Explodes,” “Evenhand,” and “Fiona.” He also played leading roles in two MGM children’s films — “Just for Kicks” and “Recipe for Disaster.”
Dawes is a three-time Broadway veteran, most notably originating the role of Paul Hornung in the Tony-nominated play “Lombardi,” directed by Thomas Kail. His most recent Broadway role was Mickey Mantle in the MLB-produced “Bronx Bombers.”
As a standup comedian, he has performed in over 12 countries, including New Zealand. He has written for writer, “The New York Observer,” “Punchline Magazine,” and “Good Men Project.”