Anthony Jeselnik at Borgata
WHO IS HE: Anthony Jeselnik is a stand-up comedian and writer who became familiar to many through his participation in Comedy Central roasts. In 2009, Jeselnik worked as a writer for "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and a year later he released his debut comedy album, "Shakespeare." In 2013, Jeselnik hosted his own series, "The Jeselnik Offensive" on Comedy Central. He also released a second comedy album, "Caligula."
WHAT TO EXPECT: With his dark, dry and edgy style of comedy, comedian Anthony Jeselnik is part of a new breed of comic that continues to push the boundaries of material to a hilarious effect. He initially made his mark as a writer on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon" and on Comedy Central roasts before becoming a featured performer on the roasts. Jeselnik's show on Friday night is sure to be a hysterical affair that fans won't want to miss.
WHAT'S NEW: The second season of "The Jeselnik Offensive" will begin in July.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $29.50 and $35. The show begins 9 p.m. Friday, May 10, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Legends in Concert at Bally's
WHO ARE THEY: Legends in Concert began in Las Vegas in the 1980s and has been running strong ever since as the world's most successful tribute show. The show has been so successful that Bally's Atlantic City renovated the Palace Theater and renamed it Legends in Concert Theater in order to host the show on an ongoing basis. It features new seats, more booths and cocktail tables and walls of memorabilia.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Spring is just around the corner and with it comes a revamped Legends in Concert lineup for the season. The latest installment will feature tributes to Elton John, Shania Twain, Madonna, Stevie Wonder and The Blues Brothers. Elton John will be performed by Mitch Adams, Shania Twain will be performed by Stacy Whitton, Madonna will be performed by Coty Alexander, Stevie Wonder will be performed by Terry Forsythe, and Eric Martin and Carmen Romano will portray the Blues Brothers.
SHOW INFO:Tickets are $32.50, $16.25 for children, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Tuesdays to Fridays and Sundays, 7:30 and 10 p.m. Saturdays, and 3 p.m. Wednesdays at the Legends in Concert Theater at Bally's.
Joan Rivers at Borgata
WHO IS SHE: Comic veteran Joan Rivers has enjoyed a diverse and immensely successful career which has spanned four decades. "The Queen of the one-liners," as she is sometimes referred, has won a Daytime Emmy Award for Best Talk Show Host, and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Comedy Recording in 1985. She also was nominated for a Tony Award in 1994 for her lead role in "Sally Marr and Her Escorts." The Brooklyn, N.Y., native also is famous for her runway interviews and commentaries at major award ceremonies.
WHAT TO EXPECT: With her gravely, unmistakable voice permeated by a heavy New York accent, Joan Rivers has been entertaining audiences on the comedy circuit for years. In the early years, Rivers' act often revolved around self-deprecating humor, but some of this has faded with time and has been replaced by Rivers' ability to critique others, especially celebrities. Her blunt, off-the-cuff style has enamored her to millions. Fans can expect to see a show riddled with sarcasm and wit.
WHAT'S NEW: Rivers has an online talk show, "In Bed with Joan," which began back in March.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $39.50 and $44.50. The show begins 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Music Box.
Relient K at House of Blues
WHO ARE THEY: Christian rocker band Relient K hails from Canton, Ohio, and has released numerous full-length albums and EPs since its formation in 1998. The band's 2004 album, "Mm-
hmm," reached No. 15 on the Billboard 200 and the 2007 follow-up "Five Score and Seven Years Ago" did even better, debuting at No. 6 and selling 60,000 copies in its first week.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Those who enjoy a little Christianity with their rock 'n' roll will want to check out Relient K at the House of Blues. The band, which was named after guitarist Matt Hoopes' rather unimpressive Plymouth automobile from the 1980s, features a pop punk sound to go with its Christian-inspired lyrics. Concert-goers can expect to hear songs from throughout the band's career including new tracks from the upcoming album, "Collapsible Lung."
WHAT'S NEW: Relient K's new album, "Collapsible Lung," is scheduled for a July 2013 release.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $20 and $27. The show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at the House of Blues at Showboat Casino-Hotel.
Cage Fury Fighting Championships at Borgata
WHO ARE THEY: Vineland native Felix Martinez co-founded Cage Fury Fighting Championships along with Amy Martinez. Felix attended Vineland High School and was a captain on the wrestling team, where he won a district title as a senior. Upon graduation from Vineland, Felix became a police officer with the Vineland Police Department. CFFC has helped launch the careers of several top mixed martial artists such as Dan Miller, John Howard, Jim Miller, Dante Rivera, Tamdan McCrory and Lyman Good.
WHAT TO EXPECT: CFFC 24 has all the makings of a classic evening of mixed martial arts with two title fights and the CFFC debut of former world champion Zach Makovsky. The feature of the night is a matchup between CFFC welterweight champion George Sullivan (12-3) and undefeated challenger Brandon Becker (6-0). "Brandon Becker is a great wrestler and has a great record," says Sullivan in a statement. "But I'm stronger and the better fighter. I see a lot of holes in his game and look forward to defending my title successfully." Meanwhile, the co-main event features flyweight champion Sean "Shorty Rock" Santella (12-3-1) against Dave Morgan (5-2). "I'm looking forward to the fight," Santella says. "Dave Morgan is a strong wrestler and I feel like I can finish my opponent anywhere the fight goes."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55, $75, $125 and $225. The show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa's Event Center.
Mother's Day Music Fest featuring Charlie Wilson, Jaheim and more at Boardwalk Hall
WHO ARE THEY: Charlie Wilson was the lead singer of the legendary R&B group The Gap Band. Over the course of the band's history, it managed to score two gold and three platinum albums. The Gap Band scored No. 1 R&B hits with "Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)," "Early in the Morning," "Outstanding" and "Addicted to Your Love." Wilson's most recent solo album, "Uncle Charlie," was a smash, debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 200. The singer was nominated for two Grammy Awards for the album and was named Billboard Magazine's 2009 Top Urban Adult Contemporary Artist.
Jaheim is a native of New Brunswick, Middlesex County, who released his debut album, "Ghetto Love," in 2001, scoring a hit with "Could it Be." The singer's follow-up "Still Ghetto" included the Top 40 hits "Fabulous" and "Anything." In 2006, Jaheim released "Ghetto Classics," which debuted atop the Billboard 200, selling 153,000 copies in its first week.
WHAT TO EXPECT: The popular Mother's Day Music Fest returns to Atlantic City once again with another great lineup of R&B artists. Charlie Wilson comes to the stage armed with plenty of hits and favorites that are sure to have the crowd swaying and singing along. Fans can expect to hear Gap Band hits as well as songs from the singer's solo career, including "There Goes My Baby," "Can't Live Without You," "Charlie, Last Name Wilson," "Sprung on Me" and "Magic." Also on the bill is the Garden State's own Jaheim. He'll be performing songs such as "Fabulous," "Anything," "Ain't Leavin' Without You" and "Everytime I Think About Her."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $44, $63 and $78. The show begins 7 p.m. Saturday, May 11, at Boardwalk Hall.
The Whispers at Caesars
WHO ARE THEY: The Whispers were formed in the mid-1960s, but it wasn't until the '70s and '80s that they began scoring hit singles. Their two biggest chart successes were the 1980 track "And the Beat Goes on" and the 1985 Top 10 hit "Rock Steady." In 2003, The Whispers were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame and in 2008 they won the Rhythm and Blues Foundation's Pioneer Award.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Formed by twin brothers Wallace "Scotty" and Walter Scott way back in 1964, The Whispers have had a long and successful career in the world of R&B, soul and disco music. Fans will want to dance and sing along to hits such as "And the Beat Goes On" and "Rock Steady" as well as many other favorites at Caesars on Sunday night. The Whispers still possess the fabulous vocal chops which originally made them stars.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $55 and $65. The show begins 6 p.m. Sunday, May 12, at Caesars Atlantic City's Circus Maximus Theater.
Savage Men Male Revue at Tropicana
WHO ARE THEY: The Savage Men is a male revue of model exotic dancers that has been featured on "America's Got Talent," "Jerseylicious" and "The Bad Girls Club." The Travel Channel recently named the Savage Men as one of the Top 5 male revues in the country. Former supermodel Tracy James is the owner and has appeared in publications such as Cosmopolitan, Vogue and GQ and has appeared in more than 1,600 romance novels.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Bachelorettes and just about anybody else who enjoys a hot steamy night of male flesh will want to run - not walk - to the Tropicana Casino and Resort's Boogie Nights for the Savage Men Male Revue Show. The Savage Men are quickly becoming household names with recent appearances on "America's Got Talent" and The Travel Channel. The show is a hybrid of the classic Chippendales show combined with the elements of a male strip club. In addition to the on-stage performances, scantily-clad, muscled "Savages" parade through the club to the delight of audience members who enjoy a more personal feel to their strip shows. A comedian emcee and host keeps the festivities moving along with a light feel, while the "hot seat" is available to those celebrating birthdays and bachelorette parties who want to become a featured act on the main stage. The diverse, international cast of Savage Men is sure to please even the most finicky of male revue aficionados.
WHAT'S NEW: On a recent episode of "America's Got Talent," judge Howard Stern jumped on stage and joined the Savage Men during their opening number.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $28, and the shows begin 7:30 p.m. Saturdays at the Tropicana's Boogie Nights.
The Sal Richards Show at Tropicana
WHO IS HE: Showbiz veteran Sal Richards was once called "one of the funniest guys in show biz" by the N.Y. Daily News. The Brooklyn native also was voted as the "Entertainment Industry's Funniest Comic" by the New York Friars Club. Richards has been a mainstay in both Las Vegas and Atlantic City for years and also has appeared in several movies including "Out for Justice" and "Rounders." His television credits include "The Sopranos," "Law & Order: CI" and "Bachelor Life."
WHAT TO EXPECT: Sal Richards' sharp wit and excellent singing voice are always the main highlights of his shows. The show business veteran has been performing on stages throughout the country forever now and has always been an Atlantic City favorite. His style harks back to the golden age when entertainers had to be well-rounded and multi-talented. Anyone planning on taking in one of Richards' shows at Tropicana Casino and Resort can look forward to an amusing, classic performance.
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $22.60. The show begins 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Sunday, May 12, and 8 p.m. Monday to Wednesday, May 13 to 15, at Tropicana's Showroom.
Divas Do AC at Resorts Casino Hotel
WHO ARE THEY: Divas Do AC is a female and celebrity impersonator show which features a rotating cast of characters including Dolly Parton, Prince, Patti Labelle, Liza Minelli, Marilyn Monroe and Madonna. Joan Rivers serves as the show's impersonator host.
WHAT TO EXPECT: Everywhere you look these days it seems like somebody is doing A.C., and apparently the divas are no exception. The female and celebrity impersonator show Divas Do AC is back at Resorts Casino Hotel with a revamped show that is sure to have concertgoers laughing out loud and singing along. Host Joan Rivers kicks things off and keeps things lively and entertaining as other legendary stars from past and present make their appearances. Elaborate costumes and makeup along with accurate impersonations make audience members feel like they're seeing the real stars all on one stage.
MINI REVIEW: If there's a star of this show, it's Joan Rivers, played by Gary Dee. As MC , Dee warms up the crowd between numbers and delivers the crude humor everyone is used to seeing on E!'s 'Fashion Police,'" says At The Shore critic Lauren Kohout. "Dolly Parton also was a crowd-pleaser for all the country lovers in the audience. Dancing along to hits such as '9 to 5,' Jason Cosmo certainly looked the part in bright pink dresses and Dolly's famous big hair. Prince is one of the crowd's favorites during the show. Yes, it's true, Prince is a man and doesn't quite fit into the drag queen genre, but he certainly is a diva. And Frank Moore shows he belongs by doing an epic job of portraying the artist. He also may have the best robot moves in all of Atlantic City. When it's time for Moore's dance break, you'll understand why this is a show worth seeing."
SHOW INFO: Tickets are $25, and the shows begin 8 p.m. Mondays, 9 p.m. Thursdays and Sundays, and 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at Resorts Casino Hotel's Screening Room.