Monthly Archives: January 2017

Jay Leno, Brad Garrett Taping on Fremont Street Accompanied by Drama

Comedians Jay Leno and Brad Garrett were spotted on Fremont Street taping an episode of CNBC’s “Jay Leno’s Garage.”

Jay Leno Fremont Street

Jay Leno hosted “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” from 1992 to 2009. He pretty much had to because the show had his name in it.

The duo drew quite a crowd on Jan. 27, 2017, as they interacted playfully with fans and showed off a vintage car, Brad Garrett’s 1948 Chrysler Town and Country.

Jay Leno's Garage

We have no idea if this is a 1948 Chrysler Town and Country. We are a blog, not a gearhead. Assuming those are still a thing.

The “Garage” segment was taped largely on Las Vegas Boulevard, just outside Hennessey’s Tavern and the Heart Attack Grill.

What you won’t read anywhere else is the behind-the-scenes drama that happened prior to the shoot on Fremont Street.

Jay Leno Brad Garrett

In the sequence, Jay Leno prodded the crowd to express their disdain for Brad Garrett putting a modern engine in his classic car. We expect this is very amusing to car people.

Originally, the sequence was supposed to feature the Heart Attack Grill restaurant in nearby Neonopolis.

The restaurant is known for its indulgent, high calorie food and quirky culture. For example, all customers are required to don hospital gowns before dining. Women dressed as “Naughty Nurses” spank customers who are unable to finish their meal, and one of the nurses, Lorren “Lola” Cackowski, is a little person.


According to a rep of Heart Attack Grill, after a month of planning for the taping inside the restaurant, the production company (Original Productions) sent a message saying, “Jay let us know he doesn’t want to partake in any of the theatrics with nurses, little people or spanking.”

The owner of Heart Attack Grill insisted the shoot include the “theatrics” (although he concedes the spankings aren’t everyone’s cup of tea), so the deal was off. The plug was pulled and the shoot took place exclusively on the street.

Jay Leno

Someone should get to the bottom of whether Jay Leno has a problem with hospital gowns, spankings, little people or all three.

In any event, Las Vegas will feature prominently in an upcoming episode of Jay Leno’s Garage, and now you know the story behind the story. Or perhaps not behind so much as the story sidled up next to the story. Or maybe the story wedged like a thong in the donk of the story.

Enjoy more exclusive photos of Jay Leno and Brad Garrett in Las Vegas as we mull this over and get back to you on the whole metaphor thing.

Jay Leno and Brad Garrett On Fremont Street

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Plaza Hotel-Casino Gets a Massive Mural

The Plaza Hotel-Casino in downtown Las Vegas recently got “inked” in the form of a towering mural on its northern face.

Plaza mural

The mural is predominantly red and black, the two colors on a roulette wheel. If you don’t count green. Let’s not get bogged down in details.

The imposing mural is about 18 stories tall and was painted by a 7-8 person crew led by street artist and activist Shepard Fairey.

The mural is an amalgam of images. It includes a nod to Fairey’s most well-known work, an image of Andre the Giant (often accompanied by the word “Obey”), plus playing card symbols and the Eye of Providence, no doubt intended to represent the U.S. The eye is a prominent feature on the one dollar bill.

Plaza mural by Shepard Fairey

Shepard Fairey’s father’s name is Strait Fairey. We are not making this up.

From the eye comes a teardrop, inside of which is the Earth. We’re seeing a statement about global warming here, but the artist and Plaza officials insist the mural is open to interpretation.

Here’s a look at the new Plaza mural from the best angle we could wrangle without herniating a disc.

The new Plaza mural is a striking addition to downtown Las Vegas.

Numerous building-sized murals can be viewed downtown, thanks in large part to the Life is Beautiful music festival. Most of the murals are in the Fremont East district.

Here’s more about the proliferation of murals in downtown Las Vegas.

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.

Comedian Jeff Civillico On the Move, Won’t Return to Flamingo Las Vegas

Comedy-juggler Jeff Civillico is making moves again, and that includes ending his headlining gig at Flamingo Las Vegas.

Civillico was supposed to return to Flamingo after a brief hiatus, but he’s moving his “Comedy in Action” show to Paris Las Vegas starting April 5, 2017. The new show will happen at 7:00 p.m. in the Anthony Cools Experience showroom.

Jeff Civillico

Weird fact: Jeff Civillico claims to hold a world record for bungee jumping off a cliff in New Zealand while on a unicycle.

Civillico has been in Bugsy’s Cabaret at Flamingo since 2015. Before that, he headlined at the Linq hotel after building a fan base at the Planet Hollywood restaurant in the Forum Shops at Caesars Palace.

There’s no word on what might replace Civillico’s show at Flamingo.

Civillico is keeping his performance schedule light at Paris, just one night a week, as he focuses on a burgeoning TV hosting career.

Civillico currently hosts “Weekend in Vegas,” formerly “Las Vegas Good News,” a weekly entertainment and news show taped live at Linq promenade. We chatted up Jeff Civillico about it on an early episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast.

Las Vegas Good News

Civillico’s TV show was produced in a re-purposed shipping container which straddled the Linq’s fountains. Oh, yes, there was straddling.

He also helms a TV effort called “Backline,” a show featuring musical guests such as Blues Traveler, Smash Mouth, Eddie Money and others. “Backline” launches in fall 2017.

His TV shows are just a couple of the plates Civillico is keeping aloft at the moment. It was recently announced his successful nonprofit, Win-Win Entertainment, an organization that connects other nonprofits with Las Vegas entertainers, has gone national.

“Jeff Civillico: Comedy in Action” is one of the best, family-friendly values in Vegas, so we’re glad to hear it will find a new home at Paris. Given the brutal string of Las Vegas shows that closed in 2016, we’ll take a “moved” over a “closed” any day.

11 Things to Consider When Choosing a Las Vegas Hotel Room for the Best Sex

Let’s just say it right up front. If you’re visiting Las Vegas, you’re going to have sex. It’s part of the deal. Whether it’s with a loved one, a stranger or an inflatable, it’s happening.

Surprisingly, many visitors completely ignore a room’s sexual environment when choosing a Las Vegas hotel. This can lead to disappointment, unfulfilled expectations and the occasional herniated disc.

Sex store Las Vegas

Settle down, we’re just getting started.

Here, then, are 11 important factors to ensure your Las Vegas hotel room is conducive to bopping squiddles, a phrase we didn’t entirely know existed until 14 seconds ago, or the approximate duration of sex with this Las Vegas blog. Moving on.

1. Wall Thickness

Let’s dive right into the realness. Certain Las Vegas hotels, especially older hotels, have thinner walls and therefore provide less sound insulation. The prospect of other guests hearing your exploits can intrude upon your self-expression, so ask around and read online reviews to determine which hotel is a good fit. So to speak.

2. Outdoor Opportunities

Visiting Las Vegas is an opportunity to get wild, and that includes the potential for sex outdoors. The optimal situation is to find a hotel with a balcony. The most popular hotel for balcony sex is the Cosmopolitan, known for the gorgeous views from its wraparound Terrace Suites. If your hotel doesn’t have balconies, look for secluded areas like courtyards. As a last resort, find a unisex bathroom. It’s not outdoors, per se, but it’ll do in a pinch. (Note: Sex outdoors isn’t without its potential pitfalls, so know before you go.)

Cosmopolitan balcony

The view from a Cosmo balcony is one of the most powerful aphrodisiacs, ever.

3. Porn Availability

The adult entertainment served up via in-house television varies widely between Las Vegas hotels. When you’re booking a room, ask lots of questions about the quality and cost of the porn available in your room. Lots of couples consider viewing porn an essential part of their experience, so don’t make assumptions about what’s available.

4. Mirror Types and Placement

Thankfully, Las Vegas hotels know full well what’s going to happen in their rooms, and many have designed them accordingly. You’ll often find mirrors above beds (a feature for which SLS Las Vegas is known, see below), and mirrored closet doors are very common. Check out photos on review sites to determine which rooms will satisfy your needs, if you get our drift.

SLS Las Vegas suite

Let’s just say that mirror over the bed isn’t there so you can check your comb-over.

5. Shower or Tub

The bed in your hotel room is just the beginning when it comes to monkey business in Las Vegas. Making sweet love in the shower is likely to be on the agenda, so make sure your shower can accommodate two. (And why stop there? It’s Las Vegas!) If baths are more your thing, don’t assume your room will have a tub. Oh, and room reservation pros are never shocked when someone asks if their shower has a detachable shower head, so ask away.

High roller suite

When it comes to Las Vegas hotel bathrooms, you never know what you’re going to get, so plan ahead.

6. It’s All About the Bed

Finding a hotel room with a sex-friendly bed is an absolute necessity in Las Vegas. Lots of things about your bed can make a great time greater, so leave nothing to chance. Be sure the room’s bed height suits your favorite positions, and pay attention to the quality, texture and strength of the bed base. (Your knees will thank you.) Remember, what makes a mattress great for sleeping doesn’t necessarily overlap with what makes it great for plonking. Consider things like comfort, but also edge support, firmness, responsiveness and bounce.

7. Proximity of Outlets to the Bed

Here’s a Las Vegas secret nobody seems to talk about. In Sin City, everybody uses toys. Hotel housekeeping departments, in fact, keep large bins to collect abandoned sex toys. No, really. While some sexual aids are battery-powered, others require a power outlet, so it’s critical there are outlets near the bed.

8. Sink Height

Sometimes after a dalliance, there’s no time to shower, so you’ll want to freshen up in the sink. Too often, hotel room sinks are too high to provide easy access. Low sinks can serve a dual purpose, too, as they provide an additional surface upon which to slap the sloppies.

Las Vegas hotel sink

You laugh, but sink height is definitely a thing.

9. Furniture Variety

In Vegas, it’s fun to get creative, and exploring your hotel room’s furniture can provide some wonderful variety to your exploits. Beyond couches and chairs, ask about ottomans, office chairs, coffee tables, benches and night stands. Remember, too, you’re not the first, or last, to do the tube snake boogie on that chaise lounge, so use a towel.

Tropicana Sky Villas

Variety is the spice of life, and this Sky Villa at Tropicana is rich with spice. Or variety. Either way, pace yourself.

10. Mood Lighting

Las Vegas hotel rooms and Life have a lot in common. Namely, it’s all about the lighting. The quantity of light fixtures and quality of light can make or break your encounter. Dimmer switches are essential to finding the right balance of appealing visuals while creating a little mystery (and concealing our imperfections). The higher the ceiling, the better, as the light is more diffused and flattering. The closer the light, the harsher it is. Fluorescent lights are always a bad idea.

11. Discretion Counts

What happens on the way to your Las Vegas hotel room can be as important as what happens once you get there. If your companion is, say, an escort, you could run the risk of what we’ll call “legal entanglements.” Some hotels turn a blind eye to guests bringing prostitutes to their room (despite the fact prostitution is illegal in Las Vegas), but others have security forces instructed to report such activity immediately. So, ask around to find out a hotel’s reputation for discretion, as it can help avoid your Vegas vacation from turning into an episode of “Cops.”

Las Vegas police lights

It’s not a buzzkill, it’s a gentle reminder. Because in prison, they have a lot of florescent lighting.

These tips should provide a solid foundation for choosing a Las Vegas hotel room best suited for sex.

If this list has aroused your curiosity about sex in Las Vegas, check out our enlightening Las Vegas sex survey.

Valeria go-go dancer

Do you get the feeling we wrote this entire blog post as an excuse to share this photo of Valeria? Always bet your hunches.

Be smart, be safe and remember, what the hell have safe and smart ever done for you? You’re in Vegas, baby!

Rejoice, Chick-fil-A Has Finally Arrived in Las Vegas

The wait has been agonizing, but Chick-fil-A has finally arrived in Las Vegas, with two locations opening on Jan. 26, 2017.

Yes, two. As they say in Vegas, “Double up to catch up!”

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

We have never been so tempted to kiss a restaurant on the mouth.

We were lucky enough to sneak in for a preview of the new Chick-fil-A restaurants, and as expected, the food and friendly service more than live up to the hype.

Simply put, Chick-fil-A is the best thing to happen to Las Vegas since the invention of the tassel.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

If you didn’t think we’d drone it, you clearly don’t understand our obsession with Chick-fil-A.

Both of the new Chick-fil-A restaurants are in Henderson, about 10 minutes from the Las Vegas Strip.

One Las Vegas Chick-fil-A location is 9925 S. Eastern Ave., Las Vegas NV 89183 and the other Las Vegas Chick-fil-A can be found at 460 N. Stephanie St., Henderson, NV 89014.

Just follow the unmistakable scent of OMG.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

This is the first and last time you will ever see a Chick-fil-A empty, guaranteed.

We first checked out the Eastern Ave. location, then the Stephanie St. location. From what we could tell, both locations share an identical floor plan.

We even got a peek at the inner workings of Chick-fil-A. It’s like being invited into the Wonka factory, but with waffle fries instead of snozzberries.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Neither bribery nor cajoling could get Chick-fil-A team members to spill the secrets of the mind-blowing chicken. Rest assured, we’ll keep at it.

Both locations have drive-throughs, and we were surprised to learn about 60% of a Chick-fil-A’s revenue is generated by the drive-through. About 90% of its breakfast business is done via the drive-through window.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Chick-fil-A is said to have the best drive-through service of any of its competitors. No, really.

Because you didn’t click that link, we’re now compelled to pass along another Chick-fil-A tidbit: Chick-fil-A generates more revenue per restaurant than any other fast food chain in the country.


If you need to ask that question, one of these sandwiches has clearly never been anywhere near your face. Which makes us sad just thinking about it.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

That sound you hear is a choir of angels.

The two Henderson Chick-fil-As are the first of 10 coming to Nevada over the next five years. The next will open across the street from Palace Station, temptingly close to The Strip.

Chick-fil-A has more than 1,900 restaurants in 42 states, but the two new locations are obviously the best because Las Vegas.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Here’s the Stephanie St. location, because when it comes to Chick-fil-A, they’re all our favorite.

Las Vegas has a metric hell-ton of pent-up demand for Chick-fil-A, and by “Las Vegas,” of course, we mean this Las Vegas blog.

Seriously, though, when we Tweeted some photos of Chick-fil-A, our Tweet nearly broke the Internet. It was viewed by more than 40,000 people in 12 hours. That’s a lot of Chick-fil-A love.

Here’s more Chick-fil-A love in the form of a fly-over.

Even the Chick-fil-A cynics, often based upon myths and outdated information, will come around the first time they bite into a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich made in Las Vegas. Because even the greatest of things are better in Las Vegas.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

Each Las Vegas Chick-fil-A did its own take on the “Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas” sign. Adorable.

Expect long lines when these new restaurants open, but we anticipate the hoopla about Chick-fil-A coming to Las Vegas to die down after approximately never.

Chick-fil-A Las Vegas

We’ll make this easy. One of everything, please.

If you think Chick-fil-A is overrated, you’re doing taste buds wrong.

Join us in giving Chick-fil-A long, lingering, inappropriate embrace to welcome the chain to Las Vegas, a city worthy of its lightly breaded, deep-fried gloriousness.

Are you as excited as we are about having Chick-fil-A in Las Vegas? If so, you are clearly a genius and we’d love to hear your thoughts.

Chick-fil-A Arrives in Las Vegas

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