WHO IS HE: David Spade became a star on “Saturday Night Live” in the early- to mid-1990s as part of a classic cast that included Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, Mike Meyers, Chris Rock, Rob Schneider and Phil Hartman. His sarcastic sense of humor lent itself perfectly to the show, especially with his “Hollywood Minute” segment. In 1995 Spade starred alongside Farley in the classic comedy film “Tommy Boy” and a year later he reprised a similar role alongside Farley in the underrated “Black Sheep.” He starred in the television comedy “Just Shoot Me!” for seven years and in 2004 began starring in “8 Simple Rules.” Three years later Spade portrayed the role of Russell Dunar on “Rules of Engagement.” In 2010 Spade starred alongside Sandler, Rock, Schneider and Kevin James in the hit comedy film “Grown Ups.”
WHO IS HE: After several years as a relatively obscure stand-up comedian, Bob Saget became one of television’s most recognizable stars thanks to his role on ABC’s “Full House” which ran from 1987 to 1995. Saget became even more of a household name as host of “America’s Funniest Home Videos” which ran from 1989 to 1997 and paved the way for a host of other reality-based programs. However, Saget’s corny, clean-cut television image bears no resemblance to the raunchy comedian who performs in venues across America.
WHO IS HE: Bill Medley is known for his tenure as a member of the Righteous Brothers, a duo formed in 1962 along with Bobby Hatfield. The Righteous Brothers’ first single was “Little Latin Lupe Lu” in 1963 and they soon followed up with even bigger hits such as “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Ebb Tide,” “Unchained Melody” and “You’re My Soul and Inspiration” Medley had moderate success as a solo artist charting with several country singles such as the hit “I Still Do.” In 1987 Medley recorded “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” as a duet with Jennifer Warnes for the “Dirty Dancing” movie soundtrack. The song became a No. 1 hit on the Billboard 100.
WHO IS HE: In 1965, guitar virtuoso George Benson became the latest discovery of the late great John Hammond, a Columbia recording executive who was responsible for signing the likes of Aretha Franklin, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billie Holiday and Count Basie. Benson’s initial albums for Columbia were soul and jazz oriented and helped cement his legacy as superstar jazz musician. The Pittsburgh native, however, refused to be pigeonholed and throughout his career went about exploring different genres including pop, contemporary and R&B, while still maintaining his stature as a guitar icon.
WHO ARE THEY: Created by illusionist John Bundy, “Spooktacular” stars Wacky Dracky alongside his assistant Morgan and is a show featuring amazing illusions, Broadway-style sets, visual effects, dancing and a cast of ghouls and ghosts. The show initially got its start at Six Flags Great Adventure in the mid 1980s and since that time has become a hit at other theme parks, casinos, theaters and corporate events.
WHO ARE THEY: Comedy Crap Shoot is a show that allows comedians to perform in a free-style format with opportunities to interact with the audience. The show is hosted by Dan Florica with Nomad Comedy founder Matt Bridgestone as the headlining act along with a revolving lineup of comics based out of the northeast. Bridgestone has appeared on Howard Stern TV as well as “Opie with Jim Norton” and has worked with Nick Cannon, wrestler Mick Foley and “Saturday Night Live” cast member Pete Davidson. Comedy Crap Shoot will initially be a monthly event, before switching to a regular weekly one.
WHO IS SHE: Laura Pausini is an Italian pop singer who has recorded songs in several languages including Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, English and French. Her self-titled debut album was released in 1993 and since that time she has released albums at a steady pace. Her first English album “From the Inside,” was released in 2002 with the single “Surrender” landing at the top spot on the Billboard Hot Dance Music Club Play Chart. In 2006 Pausini won a Grammy Award for Best Latin Pop Album for her album “Escucha.”
WHO ARE THEY: “Oh What a Night!” is a revue written by Motown producer and creative consultant Gore Solomon and directed by Michael Chapman with choreography by Paul Holmquist. The show is a concert and tribute to the music and legacy of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons.
WHO ARE THEY: Savage Men is a male revue that has been featured on “So You Think You Can Dance,” “America’s Got Talent,” “Entertainment Tonight,” “The Today Show,” “Mob Wives” and “Jerseylicious.” The show features male model dancers as well as male ensemble dancers.
This will certainly be music to the ears for all you Fleetwood Mac fans out there.
WHO IS HE: Eric Kearns is a vocal impressionist who is capable of performing in the styles of more than 40 famous entertainers. He maintains a schedule that is comprised largely of private corporate events and senior functions, but also performs occasional public shows at casinos and other venues. On occasion he performs along with the 18-piece Todd Sullivan Orchestra.
WHO IS HE: Tony Pace is known as “The Man with the Voice … Who Just Happens to Be Funny.” For more than 25 years Pace has been entertaining audiences with his combination of music, comedy and audience participation. Impressions are another one of Pace’s many talents. The Tony Pace Show was featured at Resorts in 2004 where he was billed as “The First Signature Artist of Atlantic City.”
1 Ducktown did Happy Hour before anyone. According to Ducktown Tavern's owner John Exadaktilos, no other entity in A.C. had happy hour until Ducktown announced in 2005 they were having it.
When it comes to local watering holes, simplicity beats flashiness every time. Few things provide a more deeply satisfying experience than the combination of a reasonably priced beer in one hand, a 35-cent chicken wing in the other and a nail-biter of a football game on the TV. Caffrey’s Tavern in Forked River nails this classic American tradition from top to bottom.
Hundreds of bicyclists and casino industry supporters will gather 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, for an Industry for Industry Bike Ride to support those who have lost their jobs from Revel Casino Hotel, Showboat Casino-Hotel, Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino and Atlantic Club, all which closed this year.
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1 The Quarter is getting pump(kin)ed up. Many of your favorite bars and restaurants at The Quarter at Tropicana Casino and Resort are getting pumped for fall with a wide range of pumpkin and seasonal beers.
In an area where every bar owner is bending over backwards attempting to cater to every whim of the summer tourist, it’s nice to know that there are still places that haven’t forgotten about the locals.
Margate resident Teddi Fusco is living proof that, as Sinatra once sang, “Fairy tales can come true.” She’s served as a cast member for Disney’s “Broadway Revue,” toured with the national production of both “Evita” and “West Side Story” and spent time on Broadway’s rendition of “Beauty and the Beast.” For the past several years, she’s served as a soccer mom, choirmaster and entertained thousands of nightclubgoers throughout the Atlantic City area.
These days, more and more live acts have been bemoaning the influx of DJ culture and its rising prominence on the stages and dance floors of South Jersey. Rather than crying about it, the duo known as Hand Over Fist has decided to do something about it. They’re fighting fire with fire and have infused cutting-edge DJ tactics into the traditional, live acoustical set.
1. Learn some American history from Tun Tavern. The original Tun Tavern dates back to pre-Revolutionary War days.
The name “Bobby Dee’s Rock ’N Chair” implies two things — there will be rock music and there will be at least one seat. Not the most ambitious of aspirations, perhaps, but achievable ones. And indeed the bar went 2-for-2 on these promises. Not a bad start.
1 The name is devised from one part wings, one part craft beer. Part one: The wings. Knowing that their customer would primarily consist of men, particularly football-watching men, the guys at Wingcraft in Tanger Outlet The Walk — brothers Nick and Antonio Ballias — developed a menu of 13 different styles of wings. Naturally, they have traditional, Buffalo blue and hot ’n honey style, but they also have finger-licking, lip-smacking wings such as roasted red pepper sriracha, chipotle BBQ and even Greek style — made with their mom’s own homemade tzatziki sauce. Order eight wings for only $8.99. Ask for extra napkins.
Now that September is in full swing, you can be certain of a few things — the stores will become flooded with Halloween merchandise, the Eagles will begin another unsuccessful season of pro football and the Pitney Pub in Galloway will become flooded with Stockton students all looking for the perfect place to unwind for the night.
The most scary, spooky, creepy and crawly time of the year is upon us.
Once again, Atlantic City is gearing up to kick it country.
Many – women in particular – believe that self-indulgence comes with a feeling of guilt. So pampering oneself – even if a temporary respite is sorely needed -- is oftentimes out of the question.
Love the Flyers? Love hockey? Love free stuff? Then listen up.
The Iron Room will host another amazing wine dinner 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23, as it partners with the Spanish winery Finca La Estacada for an evening of unique and delectable wines from La Mancha, Spain, and the always stellar cuisine from Chef Kevin Cronin.
Buddakan, located inside The Pier Shops at Caesars, is turning Japanese. With the over-hyped word that there will be a whisky shortage in the U.S., Buddakan decided to stock up on some rare imports that it will showcase for a special dinner 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 24.
Get pampered at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa through Monday, Oct. 20, through Friday, Oct. 24, as the resort is offering the week-long “Borgata Spa Experience” to not only celebrate being one of the leading spa destinations on the East Coast, but to also celebrate wellness, rejuvenation and relaxation.
Shakespeare’s famous quote “The play’s the thing” certainly rings true in South Jersey this week, with live theater opportunities for all ages taking place. From swinging ’60s sing-a-longs to compelling dramas from award-winning playwrights to classic tales from British literature, there is a show for everyone.
The Tropicana Casino and Resort is doing its part through October for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by hosting special events and programs while offering promotions to increase awareness and benefit local cancer support charities.
If you’re a Denzel Washington fan, you’re probably pretty excited for “The Equalizer,” which opens at the IMAX at the Tropicana Casino and Resort with a special screening 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25.
The business card for The Nizam’s Indian Restaurant in Egg Harbor Township makes this bold statement: “Owned and operated by the most experienced and qualified professional in Indian cuisine in South New Jersey.”
Do you like to eat big? Really big? With friends? And you love Italian food?
Wolfgang Puck American Grille is one of my Top 5 restaurants in Atlantic City, but October is by far my favorite month to go there.
Boardwalk Cupcakes, the new sweet shop inside Bally’s Atlantic City, is doing its part for Breast Cancer Awareness Month by helping raise funds for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Cancer Walk Initiative.
Atlantic City saw great new restaurants open all over town this year: Guy Fieri’s Chophouse and Buca di Beppo at Bally’s Atlantic City; Wingcraft and Perfectly Innocent Amusement Company outside of casinos … just to name a few.
It’s time to get the “Best of the Wurst” for Oktoberfest at Gregory’s Restaurant and Bar in Somers Point Friday.
Since 1969, people living and visiting the Wildwoods have enjoyed the Chiarella family’s food, whether it was the seafood and roast beef from their original Chiarella’s menu or the old-school Italian dishes inspired by their heritage.
Fred and Stephanie Puggi moved from Egg Harbor Township to Laureldale 16 years ago. Even then, there was something about the little bar restaurant in the woods that was called Martha’s Bar at the time.
Meat lovers who always wanted to try real Japanese Wagyu, that prized beef that never leaves Japan, may be able to do so at The Old Homestead Steakhouse in New York and at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa.
Tanya Dixon and Thurmond Wakefield are family. The sister and brother are also former casino workers who reinvented themselves in the form of T. Wake’s Smoked BBQ and Shrimp Shack in the Cardiff Circle Plaza in Egg Harbor Township.
Another major celebrity chef is coming to Atlantic City, and this one may be the biggest yet.
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