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Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 100: Oscar Goodman, Piff and More

It’s the 100th episode of the trainwreck we call the Vital Vegas Podcast. What could possibly go wrong?

In this final episode of the first season of the podcast, we review one of the best comedy-magic shows in Las Vegas, Piff the Magic Dragon at Flamingo.

Piff the Magic Dragon is performed by inspired comedian and “America’s Got Talent” alum John van der Put. The show features his Chihuahua, Mr. Piffles, and exuberant partner-in-hijinks, Jade Simone.

Piff’s show is a non-stop cavalcade of clever illusions and masterful audience interaction, all wrapped up in a family-friendly package, a Las Vegas must-see if you like comedy, magic or an irresistible mash-up of both.

Piff

A trifecta of comedy perfecta. They’re totally stealing that for their advertising.

To make our 100th episode truly memorable, we badgered former Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman into an in-depth interview just in time for his 80th birthday.

Oscar Goodman was the mayor of Las Vegas for 12 years, and prior to that was a mob lawyer, defending some of the most infamous organized crime figures in the history of Las Vegas.

Fun fact from the interview: Goodman says mobster Frank “Lefty” Rosenthal always referred to himself in the third person. Here’s more about Lefty!

During his time of mayor, Oscar Goodman not only raised awareness about Las Vegas as a tourist destination, he also raised eyebrows with his sometimes controversial positions on issues like graffiti (he facetiously suggested offenders have their thumbs cut off), prostitution (he wanted it legalized) and drugs (ditto).

Oscar Goodman

The unstoppable, unreticent, undeniably unapologetic Oscar Goodman.

On the episode, we also dive headlong into a controversy swirling around comedian Doug Stanhope.

Stanhope shared a letter from Caesars Entertainment saying he’s banned from all their casinos, asserting he was “trespassed” because he posted negative reviews on TripAdvisor and Yelp. There’s always more to the story, and we call bull!

We also serve up your recommended allowance of exclusive Las Vegas scoop, so take a listen and see what all the meh’s about!

Vital Vegas Podcast, Episode 99: Stop, Inebriate and Listen

It’s time for another installment of the supremely skippable Vital Vegas Podcast.

We cover the whole gamut of Las Vegas news, several gamuts if we’re being completely honest.

We talk about the Caesars and Eldorado merger, of course, including the wild speculation and poorly researched opinions for which we have become so well known among residents of correctional centers.

Caesars Palace fountains

By the time you listen to this podcast, Caesars Entertainment could be a very different thing.

There’s also talk about Vic & Anthony’s at Golden Nugget, tons of news at SLS (soon to be renamed Sahara), Apex and Kaos at Palms and an upcoming partnership between Virgin Hotel and Mohegan Gaming & Entertainment. See more.

Our listicle of the week floats “10 Great Gifts for People Who Love Las Vegas.” Fair warning: At least one of the gifts can be used as a murder weapon.

Ready to get pumped full of Las Vegas in a fully consensual context? We’ve got this!

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 98: Las Vegas Tea Time

It’s time for another installment of the podcast that never fails to disappoint!

In this episode, we chat with casino owner Derek Stevens about the debut of Circa Sports, a new sports book at Golden Gate. Read more.

Circa Sports Golden Gate

The oldest casino in Vegas has the newest sports book. There will be a quiz.

Stevens shares updates about not only the new sports book, but also brings us up to speed on construction of Circa Resort.

Also on the show, we share our experience at the Top of the World restaurant at The Strat, as well as Alder & Birch at Orleans.

But, wait, there’s more.

We also pass along some inside scoop about the Hakkasan Grid, a new light installation at Hakkasan nightclub at MGM Grand.

Hakkasan Grid

Behold the newest eye candy in Las Vegas, the Hakkasan Grid.

Naturally, we cover all the juicy Las Vegas rumors and speculation you have grown to know and love.

We talk SLS resort, the Front Yard at Ellis Island, resort fees, the former Intrigue nightclub, the World Series of Poker at Rio, the Mill Meek fiasco and more.

It’s the final episode of the first season, so take a listen.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 97: The TMI Episode

Can you ever have too much information about Las Vegas? Let’s hope not, because in this episode of the Vital Vegas podcast, we have enough scoop to rupture your tympanic cavity, whatever that might be.

To whet your appetite, you’ll get our first-hand take on Urth Caffe at Wynn and Chica at Venetian.

Chica Venetian

You can’t see the food from Chica restaurant on the podcast, so we’re sharing it here. You’re welcome.

We’ll also bring you up to speed on the cost-saving measures being implemented at MGM Resorts, including layoffs and the roll-out of surge pricing. Good times.

You’ll also get the inside scoop about Wynn Resorts being fined $35 million, presumably the final chapter of the Steve Wynn sexual misconduct saga.

There’s more drama surrounding Kaos at Palms, the Hunger Games Exhibition at MGM Grand, Hyde Nightclub at Bellagio, the Drew Las Vegas project, Lucky Dragon (which recently sold for $36 million) and the prematurely terminated Yayoi Kusama exhibit at Bellagio’s Gallery of Fine Art.

Lucky Dragon

Lucky Dragon is expected to re-open as a non-gambling hotel. It’s the yawn of a new era.

Listen in for news about the Hard Rock’s transition to Virgin Hotel, a new show coming to Luxor called “R.U.N.,” the Cosmopolitan being up for sale, a doomed Paula Abdul residency and A Little White Wedding Chapel looking for a buyer.

The “Listicle of the Week” is “10 Moments in Vegas History to Remember in May,” mainly because we were too busy to come up with anything clever. Here’s the listicle now!

1. May 3, 1999: Venetian opened.
2. May 14, 1998: Frank Sinatra died of a heart attack. (Let’s be real. He was sort of a dick.)
3. May 15, 1905: Las Vegas officially was founded as a city.
4. May 16, 2011: The Sahara casino closed.
5. May 18, 1956: Fremont casino opened downtown.
6. May 20, 1964: “Viva Las Vegas,” starring Elvis Presley and Ann Margret, was released.
7. May 21, 2010: Cleveland Clinic Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health opened.
8. May 22, 2012: Construction began on SkyVue, the ill-fated observation wheel.
9. May 23, 1955: The Dunes opened.
10. May 24, 1955: Moulin Rouge, the first racially-integrated hotel in Las Vegas, opened.

It’s all the Vegas you could ever need, in a format you’d have difficulty caring less about.

Just push the “Play” button, already. You’ll be able to tell people you exercised.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 96: So Many Scoops

It’s time for another underwhelming episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast!

In this episode, we review “Absinthe” as the irrepressible show at Caesars Palace celebrates its eighth year on the Las Vegas Strip.

We’ve also got some kind, inarticulate things to say about a new restaurant at The Strat, Blvd. & Main Taphouse. The bottom line: We’d tap that again, anytime.

Blvd Main Strat

Listen in to get the early word on the new Blvd. & Main Taphouse at The Strat.

But wait, there’s more Vegas to shove between your ears in this hastily-slapped-together episode: We interview the merry miscreants of a far better podcast, Matt & Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social.

The crew at Matt & Mattingly’s Ice Cream Social are intimately involved with the world of Las Vegas entertainment and share inside scoop about shows past and present. Find out more at HeyScoops.com. Oh, and while you’re there, listen to episode 562, despite the fact we’re a guest on that episode.

If you’re not a podcast person, like we weren’t, this episode of the Vital Vegas Podcast sure as hell won’t turn you into one, but if you’ve got an hour to kill, maybe kill it with our grating, unlistenable voice in your head.

Take a listen! Or leave one. We’re not emotionally invested either way.

Vital Vegas Podcast, Ep. 95: Las Vegas Calories Don’t Count

It’s time for another blowzy, cloying, yeasty installment of what many consider to be the 11th best Las Vegas podcast!

In this episode, we review some Las Vegas restaurants: Oscar’s Steakhouse at Plaza, Oakville Steakhouse at Tropicana, Carlos ‘n Charlie’s at Flamingo and the new Uno Mas at SLS Las Vegas.

Oakville Steakhouse Tropicana

The Barely There cocktail at Tropicana’s Oakville Steakhouse is our featured drink of the month and we don’t really even do those. Yeah, it was that good.

You’ll also get a cerebrum full of the latest Las Vegas scoop, including news about the MGM 2020 initiative, the fifth birthday of the High Roller observation wheel, Binion’s on “Ghost Adventures” and rumors about Hyde at Bellagio closing for a rebrand.

We’ll also give you all the reasons why an announced resort, Astral, won’t be happening on a parcel across from Mandalay Bay.

Astral resort Las Vegas

“Astral” is Latin for “Yeah, that’s not happening.”

We’ll top this episode off with one of our beloved (translation: reviled) listicles. Oh, if you insist, here it is.

11 Las Vegas Restaurants for When You Decide to Splurge

1. Joe’s Seafood and Prime Steak at Forum Shops
2. STK at Cosmopolitan
3. Carbone at Aria
4. Vic & Anthony’s at Golden Nugget
5. Old Homestead at Caesars Palace
6. Top of the World at The Strat
7. Eiffel Tower Restaurant at Paris
8. The Steakhouse at Circus Circus
9. Andiamo at The D
10. Delmonico at Venetian
11. Cleo at SLS

Note: These places are even particularly extravagant (by Las Vegas standards), but they’re some of our favorites and we just like making lists.

We hope you enjoy our podcast as much as we enjoy procrastinating in an effort to avoid recording it.

Listen and learn! Or at least listen. Learning is highly overrated.