This week, Ira spoke with Comedian Vicki Barbolak, headlining in the Laugh Factory at the Tropicana Las Vegas May 27-30. In this 30-minute episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Vicki talks about her late start in comedy and why her act stems from her life experience; why she’s grateful to be in comedy; the best career advice she ever received (and it came from comedian Vinnie Favorito); why she enjoys performing on tour (in Hollywood they get nervous about your age); the amazing story of getting a hug from Howie Mandell; how she was one of the last comics to come under the wing of Mitzi Shore of The Comedy Store; and why she loves the trailer life!
Vicki was a fan favorite and top 10 finalist on Season 13 of America’s Got Talent on NBC. She was also featured on the 2019 AGT Champions show.
In 2007 Vicki won Nickelodeon’s “America’s Funniest Mom” show hosted by Roseanne Barr. Roseanne was so impressed that she hired Vicki as one of her writers and requested that Vicki open for her at the New York New York Casino in Las Vegas. In addition to being crowned as America’s Funniest Mom, mark Ross and Bob Reid, Talent Coordinators for the Jay Leno Show selected Vicki for the 2010 Jay Leno Laugh Squad. Family Circle Magazine’s September 2011 Issue profiles Vicki as an Expert in Joke Telling for their feature article, “How to Do Anything Better.”
Vicki was one of six comediennes winning a nationwide search for “Jenny’s Comedy Diva’s” on the Jenny Jones Show. Vicki also was the first winner of “California’s Funniest Female” Contest. Vicki is also the winner of the “Russian River Gay Comedy Festival.”