Laughter Is The Best Medicine – Comedy Clubs at New England’s Casinos

George Carlin

From a young age, I knew I loved listening to stand-up comedians. My interest in the 60’s & 70’s was highlighted by the antics of Steve Martin, George Carlin & Robin Williams ( I used to watch”Mork and Mindy” every Thursday night!) The 1970’s saw the birth of the comedy club, and it took America by storm. Stand up comedy has had it’s ups and downs in popularity, but continues to be part of a casino’s entertainment portfolio.

Yes, it was the 1970’s that sparked the birth of comedy clubs. Comedy acts had become big business in Las Vegas in competition with all the top headliners of the day. Since the 50’s, Las Vegas fought for the best comedians as part of the new Vegas nightlife, such as Red Foxx, Jerry Lewis, Bill Cosby, and Don Rickels. Joan Rivers and George Burns, to name a few.

The Birth of the Comedy Club

But it was the 70’s that allowed for an entertainment list of just comedians at a night club. Buildings were built, or renovated, to house performances for young and old comic performers.

ThoughtCo.com Patrick Bromley is cited as saying, “On both coasts, new clubs were opening that allowed comics to get in front of audiences every night of the week. In New York City, clubs like The Improv, which had been open since 1963, and Catch a Rising Star, which appeared on the scene in 1972, provided nightly showcases for both new and established comedians….. On the West Coast, The Comedy Store opened in 1972 in West Hollywood. It was successful enough that two more locations were opened by 1976. A West Coast branch of The Improv also opened in 1975.”

Since the ’70’s, Comedy clubs have made their way into casinos around the country. Of, course, casinos in New England have some of best performers of this genre in the big arenas – Mohegan Sun Arena, Foxwoods’ Grand & Fox Theaters, Twin Rivers’ Event Center, and the new addition of MGM Springfield’s MassMutual Center.

But our casino’s still draw guests looking for a laugh with small venues as well, dedicated to this genre – and that is what this post is all about.

So, which of New England’s casinos offer comedy clubs?  Well, keep reading to find out…..and that’s no joke!

NEW ENGLAND CASINO COMEDY CLUBS

ROAR! COMEDY CLUB at MGM SPRINGFIELD – The historic Armory at MGM Springfield will open Roar! Comedy Club in January 2019. The unique comedy series will feature an eclectic mix of nationally popular comedians as well as rising industry stars.

COMIX at MOHEGAN SUN – Comix Comedy Club is open every Wednesday through Sunday with entertainment nightly and late night shows Thursday through Saturday. They showcase some of the best talent, from local favorites to national headliners.

THE LOFT at PLAINRIDGE PARK CASINO & RACEWAY – The Loft is located above the property’s Racebook. It’s intermittent schedule as a Comedy Club brings in excellent comedians, like New England’s own Bob Marley.

FOX THEATER at FOXWOODS – While it’s not a “Comedy Club” (yes, it’s a huge venue) the Fox Theater does offer some the best comedians on a regular basin in a large concert setting.

Remember, “Laughter is the Best Medicine” because:

  • Laughter relaxes the whole body. .
  • Laughter boosts the immune system.
  • Laughter triggers the release of endorphins,
  • Laughter protects the heart.
  • Laughter burns calories.
  • Laughter lightens anger’s heavy load.

So, get out and enjoy some of the opportunities to get healthy by visiting the comedy in our casinos.

Binbin

 

We Are N(ew)E(ngland)Time Gambling – NETimeGambling.com

This week, NETG has had a great response to our posts. We thank all of you for your likes, comments, and sharing of our website. As we look toward the new year, we appreciate a banner year from all of our new followers, helping to double last years numbers.

It’s a passion party for us as New England lifers to make as many people aware of our New England casinos. There is so much here to be able to offer you the best casino experience. We have small casinos, and huge casinos.  We have casinos in the wilderness, and casinos in the middle of cities. Our casinos include great comedy clubs, wonderful spas, fabulous nationally renown entertainment and some of the best dining options in the country. We have some of the best local craft beer at every casino, great wine festivals, tequila festival and whiskey festivals. And let’s not forget first-class gambling experiences from some of the top industry companies in the country.

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Be sure to check out my guest podcast visits to Cousin Vito’s Casino Podcast, TravelZork’s ZorkCast, and Art In The Game.

Our monthly post at Travel Zork with New England Casino News and December’s casino promotions, sporting events, special events, and entertainment.

New England Casinos December 2018 | Promotions and Events

Be sure to be watching for our special New Year’s Events post at TravelZork, as well as on our website posts.

In case you missed our posts from last week, check them out below”

The TOP 10 Most Bizarre Casino Players – The Monday Link

Progressive Slot Machines – Stand-alone

New England Casinos Offer Multiplier Days

The Lighter Side of Gambling

Blackjack – Which Casino Format is Best For You? 

Join us for the journey as we follow the growth and expansion of New England’s casino landscape.

Binbin


NETimeGambling | Casinos in New England

Robin T Aubin (Binbin)

NETimeGambling is a non-monetized blog created with a personal interest and passion in the gambling industry – its history, and its ongoing evolution – mixed with a love for New England.  The goal of  NETimeGambling is to provide a service and resource for any recreational gambler visiting New England’s expanding casino market

Being involved in music all his life, including 41 years of choral conducting, and performing professionally since 10 years of age, Robin has performed in Mohegan Sun’s Wolf Den, Foxwoods’ Atrium Lounge, and Twin River’s Lighthouse Bar & Lounge.” (All venues in New England casinos)

 

 

MGM Springfield – Looking Back Three Years Ago

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance

MGM Springfield Casino Entrance

Believe it or not, years ago, when MGM Springfield wasn’t built yet, NETG looked into our crystal ball and had some random thoughts and concerns for the future.  The following post was three years ago.  Any additions will be in green italics.  Otherwise, it’s posted here as it was three years ago. How did we do with our crystal ball?


I want MGM Springfield to succeed.

There, I said it.

I want it to bring revenue for an economically needy city, I want it to be beautiful and to enhance the rundown parts of Springfield.

thI want it to be another casino jewel in New England to solidify southern New England as a gambling/tourist destination.  MGM, Wynn, Foxwoods, Mohegan Sun, Twin River – all large casinos with amenities to provide for vacations & stay-cations alike.

But I still have doubts to accompany the excitement of a top-class resort venue and their journey to 2018.  So here are random thoughts about the MGM Springfield project and related issues:

The original plans were impressive, but now take away the tower, lower the parking garage by two floors, and move the apartments in the opening of the video further away from the casino.  Inside, MGM Springfield looks similar to Red Rock Casino in Las Vegas (Sumerlain), with restaurants outlying the casino, and the essential “Center Bar” made so Important by the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas long ago.  It has modern looks like MGM’s latest “Aria,” but much brighter. (BTW, it’s not even close to looking like Red Rock in Nevada, except for restaurants on the perimeter)

VIDEO CLIP – MGM Springfield President Michael Mathis explains changes.   (sorry, not accessible three years later)

No free alcohol on the Casino Floor -Plainridge Park Slot Parlor

No free alcohol on the Casino Floor -Plainridge Park Slot Parlor

Will MGM & Wynn be powerful enough to influence a repeal to the “NO Happy Hour” Law in Massachusetts?  Imagine no alcohol freebies on a casino floor owned by MGM & Wynn – blasphemy! (Originally, free drinks were to be limited to non-alcoholic.  Good for all that it was changed)

MGM Atlanta

MGM Atlanta

MGM is a giant in the gambling industry and shouldn’t have any trouble separating their concerns in Macau & Las Vegas.  But their project in Atlanta, the first casino in Georgia, might be more of an interest than Springfield.  Massachusetts hasn’t been the most welcome state in the country concerning Wynn & MGM’s interests.

MLife Rewards Club of MGM

MLife Rewards Club of MGM

I’m encouraged about then East-West connection the rewards club, MLife, will provide.  Earning points in Springfield that can be used in Las Vegas & Biloxi (MGM owns Beau Rivage Resort Casino there) is exciting!  Let’s face it, MGM does own some incredible properties.  Imagine earning connections to stay at Bellagio in Las Vegas! (In fact, country connections, now including Borgata – still jointly owned with Boyd Gaming three years ago – is a huge reason fir playing at MGM Soringfield)

MGM dismisses everyone else in New England (except Wynn) as no competition. Eliminating the hotel tower is disappointing.  Yet, their “hotel on its side” plan idea is supposed to be the thing that distinguishes them from the Foxwoods & Mohegan Suns of the world.  Sorry MGM, we know you are big stuff in the gaming industry, but rationalizing a downgraded hotel as game changing in the casino industry is just insulting.  New Englanders just aren’t that naive and stupid.

MGM Springfield

New rendering of MGM Springfield’s, minus the Hotel Tower

Speaking of the comparison to Connecticut’s casinos, if the Nutmeg State’s casinos (including a third in the Hartford area) are not a threat to MGM Springfield, why the law suit, why the comparisons to CT instead of watching out west to New York State, and why say you want a casino in CT (Bridgeport) only to have pulled out of Foxwoods?  Hypocrisy I say. (Since then, MGM bought the Empire City Casino and Yonkers Raceway in New York. That’s only 55 miles away from Bridgeport, CT.  Also, their recent interest in buying Encore Boston Harbor showed a lack of wanting to keep MGM Springfield. MGM continues to look like PacMan – trying to gobble up everything in sight.)

Changes in design plans DO happen all the time, and rising costs are sighted as the reasons for these changes – whether it’s a Mall, housing project, or a casino.  I’m more concerned with what MGM is going to bring to gamblers.  So, MGM, I ask you – what advantage do I have spreading my money in Springfield compared to other New England options?

Poor VP Pay outs in many MGM properties. Jacks or better at 7/5.

Poor VP Pay outs in many MGM properties. Jacks or better at 7/5.

Will MGM have the same poor to mediocre Video Poker paytables that are in all their other properties?  The exception is Borgata in Atlantic City which they share with Boyd Gaming. You’re going to have to make your gambling options better if you seriously want to compete with CT & RI. (Guess we nailed that one!)images (3)I wonder what plans MGM Springfield has concerning smoking.  The options provided for smokers at Plainridge Park seem almost punitive.  Massachusetts Casino Law has the entire casino as non-smoking. (A plus to some, minus for others)

I have so many other thoughts, questions and requests concerning MGM Springfield, but they will just have to wait……….my brain hurts, time for a break.

Tomorrow its a look at Thanksgiving dining promotion at New England’s casinos. (Actually, we will re-post our 2018’s Thanksgiving Dining, Gambling and Event promotions tomorrow)

Binbin

(Thanks for going back in time with us.  MGM Springfield is still evolving.  I wonder how different it will be three years from today?)