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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 41: “Puppetry of the Penis,” Gambling Tales and Vegas Exclusives

It’s our girthiest episode yet of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Get the naked facts about “Puppetry of the Penis” at the Erotic Heritage Museum with an exclusive interview with its stars, Robert Ryan and Jamie Morris.

We also chat with Jared DeBehnke, owner of Jared’s Old-Fashioned Hot Dogs & Hamburgers at Pawn Plaza.

Jared's hot dogs and hamburgers

To be clear, this is not a photo from “Puppetry of the Penis.”

Hot dogs! See? There’s almost a theme to this week’s show. That’s some quality podcast entertainment right there.

Also in the mix is a metric ass-ton of insider skinny about all the latest Las Vegas news, including stories about Chick-fil-A’s third Vegas location, drama at Du-par’s, a hefty grant for the Neon Museum, Caesars Entertainment’s resorts getting a resort fee bump, Cosmopolitan’s new blog, the crash at Speed Vegas, “Hell’s Kitchen” and a new music festival downtown, Las Rageous.

Neon Museum storage

A $425,000 grant means the Neon Museum will be able to take a number of classic signs out of storage, including some with our favorite design flourish, Googie stars.

We serve up not one, but two, listicles of the week, “10 Alternate Things ‘Puppetry of the Penis’ Could’ve Called Itself” and “11 Casino Gambling Devices and Their Surprising Names.”

We’ll regale you with gambling stories, listener collisions, Las Vegas history and so much less.

Lean in, listen up and fill your earholes with everything Vegas.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40.5: A Chat With Five Downtown Casino Bosses

It’s not our typical episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, and that can only be a good thing.

This week, we share an uncensored panel discussion with five downtown casino bosses: Jonathan Jossel (Plaza), Seth Schorr (Downtown Grand), Derek Stevens (The D, Golden Gate), Jim Sullivan (Fremont) and Joe Woody (El Cortez). Patrick Hughes, President of Fremont Street Experience, moderates.

Five casino bosses

From left, Jonathan Jossel, Seth Schorr, Derek Stevens, Jim Sullivan and Joe Woody.

The discussion ranges from challenges for downtown, upcoming casino projects, the importance of non-gambling amenities at Las Vegas resorts and the fact downtown casinos have managed to outpace 12 other markets in Nevada in terms of year-over-year gaming (a fancy word for “gambling”) revenue.

Full disclosure: This blog’s day job is at Fremont Street Experience, a downtown marketing umbrella for several Las Vegas casinos including The D, Golden Gate and Fremont casinos. Our opinions are our own, unless we’re intoxicated, then our opinions are Captain Morgan’s.

Take a listen and learn more about the people behind the neon and tassels in downtown Las Vegas.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 40: News, Rumors and an Ass-Ton of Las Vegas Culture

This week’s Vital Vegas Podcast is brimming with culture, like it or not.

We talk about a couple of excellent Las Vegas shows, “Baz” at Palazzo and “Le Reve” at Wynn Las Vegas, as well as the opening of two Chick-fil-A restaurants in Las Vegas.

Hey, one person’s culture is another’s fried chicken sandwich and waffle fries.

Le Reve Wynn Las Vegas

“Le Reve” is French for “wrinkly toes and fingertips.” Probably.

We also drop some knowledge about Las Vegas history (on Jan. 27, 1951, the Nevada Test Site conducted its first nuclear weapons test) and share tips for choosing a Las Vegas hotel room based upon how conducive it is to sex.

We’ve also got a fair amount of celebrity sightings (Jay Leno and Brad Garrett on Fremont Street) and celebrity gossip (magician Matt Franco left the stage during his show at Linq hotel to demand the music volume at 3535 Bar be turned down).

Jay Leno Brad Garrett

Jay Leno and Brad Garrett hit Fremont Street to tape an episode of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Also in the mix is a dazzling array of perfunctory news, including Rumor becoming Serene, a $20 million makeover at Hooters, the debut of Lyft Premiere in Sin City and the $188 million lottery jackpot won at the Nevada state line.

Stuff some Vegas into your seemingly insatiable earholes, already.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 39: Stadium Blackjack, Giordano’s, Redneck Riviera and Something Missing at Paris

It’s a metric ass-ton of Vegas, and yes, we weighed it.

This installment of the Vital Vegas Podcast includes all the latest news and WTF you need to get the most from your next Vegas visit.

The show includes scoop about In-N-Out opening at Linq promenade, Redneck Riviera at Grand Bazaar Shops and stadium blackjack at Venetian. Then, we talk smack about Giordano’s, absinthe service at Sage inside Aria and something missing at Paris Las Vegas. Mysterious, right? Listen in!

Giordano's Las Vegas

The bar’s been set high for pizza in Las Vegas and Giordano’s limbos right under it.

Our perfunctory round-up of Las Vegas news includes the impending opening of two locations of Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas (Jan. 26, 2017), broken Las Vegas visitation records, the closing of “Pin Up” at Strat (Mar. 4, 2017) and Serendipity 3 at Caesars Palace, a new virtual concierge at Cosmo, changes at Downtown Grand’s Commissary and so much less.

We also tap dat Las Vegas history with tidbits about the opening of Rio Las Vegas (Jan. 15, 1990) and the closing of The Dunes (Jan. 26, 1993).

The Vital Vegas Podcast is more than just a podcast. It’s an immersive, interactive, game-changing tour de force, assuming “tour de force” translates as “way to kill an hour or so.”

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 38: Dana Carvey, Jon Lovitz and All Our Usual Drivel

In this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast, we talk to two comedy titans, Dana Carvey and Jon Lovitz. The SNL veterans will headline a 20-show residency, “Reunited,” at SLS Las Vegas. Learn more.

We’re pleased, and relieved, to report “Reunited” more than delivers on its promise of top-notch stand-up, improvised interplay and a revealing Q&A from two of America’s most beloved funny men.

Jon Lovitz Dana Carvey

Yes, that Jon Lovitz and Dana Carvey. Please try and keep up.

Also on the podcast, we talk about how we nearly lost an eye for you.

We also serve up the latest Las Vegas news, and irresponsibly combine some Las Vegas history with our “Listicle of the Week.”

We field a rare listener phone call and share our thoughts about Level Up, the new millennial lounge at MGM Grand. Hold onto your participation trophy, things get real.

Level Up MGM Grand

If casinos want to attract throngs of millennials, they should put a bed in Level Up with us on it. Just saying.

Join in the podcast fun and fill your skull with all the Sin City blather you can endure on an empty stomach.

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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 37: The Dorsey, Harvest, Hoarding and The Year in WTF

It’s our first podcast episode of 2017, and yep, the show’s still the same huge, steaming pile of disappointment you’ve come to know and ignore.

In this episode, we take a lingering last look at 2016, then dole out some reckless Las Vegas predictions for 2017.

Learn all about The Dorsey, the sparkly new bar at Venetian, a local legend on “Hoarders” and Harvest, a stellar restaurant at Bellagio we didn’t know existed until they gave us a free meal.

The Dorsey Venetian

We forget where we put all the cocktail photos from The Dorsey, so we’re forced to share this one of the waitresses again.

Also on the show, we blaze through our most popular blog posts of 2016, featuring zero surprises. Sex on the High Roller, anyone?

Of course, we ramble through all the Las Vegas you probably don’t need, including stories about Riviera Blvd. becoming Elvis Presley Blvd., the Rio power outage and gas leak at Linq promenade, Floyd Mayweather Jr.’s new strip club (plus a strip club insider tip guaranteed to change your life), good news from the IRS, virtual reality at Caesars Palace and all the latest about paid parking at MGM Resorts and Caesars Entertainment.

Oh, and something about Tape Face, whoever that might actually be.

We share some poorly-researched Vegas history about Flamingo (it opened on Dec. 26, 1946), New York-New York (it opened Jan. 3, 1997), “Star Trek: The Experience” (it opened Jan. 4, 1998) and Harmon tower (it’s plug was pulled on Jan. 7, 2009).

Westgate Star Trek timeshares

Adding insult to injury, since “Star Trek: The Experience” closed in Sep. 2008, it’s been used as Westgate’s timeshare sales center. “Hu’tegh ben!”

As a special bonus, in this episode, we also tackle some year-end questions from our friends at Eater Vegas about the Las Vegas restaurant scene. The bottom line: We just answer “Pizza Rock” to everything.

It’s the final episode of our first season of the Vital Vegas Podcast, so lube up, strap on the amplification system of your choosing and let us pump some Las Vegas gloriousness into your soft, pink ear holes.

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