This week, Ira spoke with comedian Bob Zany, performing in Brad Garrett’s Comedy Club at the MGM through December 23. In this episode of “Talk About Las Vegas With Ira,” Bob talks about growing up in a funny family; the two comedians he looked to for inspiration; why he adds three new jokes every time he performs; how he and Brad Garrett started out at the Ice House together as emcees; his Dry Bar comedy special; and what he’s doing on Cameo.
Zany by name, Zany by nature is a terrible way to start a biography. Thankfully, American comedian Bob Zany doesn’t deserve that title. He has, however, been described as ‘The Most Sarcastic Comedian of All-Time’ — it’s the title of his Dry Bar comedy special that has been watched more than four million times on YouTube since it was uploaded in April 2021. He has also been nominated for three American Comedy Awards and had the honor of representing the USA at the “World’s Funniest Person” contest in 2016, which is quite some honor. His 45-year-long career has been the subject of a documentary called “Close But No Cigar.”
Zany is a veteran comic with well over 1000 television appearances to his name. The first of these came in 1977 when he was 15. He appeared on “The Gong Show” and was yanked offstage halfway through his set by a man dressed as a nun. In 1988, he returned to the show, only this time as a celebrity judge, having established himself as one of America’s prime comedians. He has appeared on “Jay Leno,” “An Evening at the Improv,” “American Bandstand,” “Comics Unleashed,” and many more. Between 1995 and 2007, he was a co-host of the annual Jerry Lewis Telethon. He has also hosted “The Zany Report” on both radio and Dry Bar Comedy’s popular YouTube channel. Today, he is as popular as ever with plenty of must-watch YouTube clips and more than 22,000 Twitter followers to his name.