Photos: Bobby Slayton’s opening night draws comedians, Sunset Thomas
Thu, Jan 27, 2011 (3:24 p.m.)
Photo: Erik Kabik/Retna/ErikKabik.com
He’s nicknamed “The Pitbull of Comedy” for good reason. Bobby Slayton is relentless, energetic, fearless and ferocious in his new act that begins tonight at Hooter casino, where he will be the headliner through April 2. His show is described as “not for the faint of heart,” and Bobby ensures that he offends everybody with his shock jock sarcasm and filthy four-letter words. Nobody is left unscathed.
At his gala opening Tuesday, veteran comedians and even a porn princess turned out to welcome him back to Las Vegas, and contributing photographer Erik Kabik was front and center for all the madness and mayhem. Bobby’s return began with a hilarious tribute to him from Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Don Rickles, Ray Romano, Howie Mandel, Lewis Black, The Smothers Brothers and our Las Vegas favorites Carrot Top and Penn & Teller. They all had one simple, savage question for their riffs: “Why had he sunk so low to perform at Hooters?”
The audience rolled with nonstop laughter at all the things you shouldn’t. Guests included legendary comedian David Brenner, Comedy Store funnyman and founder Sammy Shore and adult film legend Sunset Thomas. Sunset joined Bobby and David on the red carpet and then was onstage with them after his sidesplitting performance. “I love him,” cooed the curvy Sunset. “Bobby’s as much a Vegas institution as my boobs! His act is loaded with new material, but it’s the same snarky Slayton -- no one is safe from The Pitbull’s bites.”
During the 80-minute standup, Bobby took on every stereotype under the sun with his rapier, machine-gun, gravely and acid-tongued style. From the state of marriage to the State of the Union, he dissected it all with his signature politically incorrect manner that has sold out comedy clubs across the country. He most recently starred on Showtime’s Born to be Bobby. His show features comedian Robert Duchaine as the opening act.
“There’s no better place on Earth than Hooters to launch my return to Vegas,” Bobby said. “Hooters is basically everything I want in one place: gaming, booze, chicken wings and Hooters. If they put in a putting green and cigar shop, they could just change the name to nirvana.”
Gary Gregg, COO of Hooters, added: “Bobby was the first-ever headliner to perform in our Night Owl Showroom. We’re thrilled to have him return in honor of our property’s five-year anniversary. His intense comedic style is a huge draw, and we feel this is a match made in heaven.”
Go! And be really ready to be floored in more ways than one.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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