Leno is better than Letterman – everyone knows it! If you thought Jay Leno was good on The Tonight Show, the you MUST see him live at the Mirage Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas! When going to the show, I only expected to see Jay but there was an opening act that was absolutely fantastic. It was the band called The Alley Cats. They had quite a humorous act and sang a number of oldies that really got the crowd into the show. They had a great stage presence, great voices and a great sense of humor. While seeing them was unexpected, it was a great surprise and if you get the chance to go see them, definitely jump on the chance. They seemed like a really great group of guys and Jay Leno is a great guy on and off the stage so you would expect no less from one of his opening acts.
Jay had the crowd howling from the get-go. He touched on everything from politics and the current financial mess to women and their cats and guys and their dogs. Was the lady in the audience with 5 cats sincel or married? Take a wild guess! In Jay’s standup routine just as on The Tonight Show, he doesn’t hold much back. He’s not raunchy like Andrew Dice Clay but he does delve into politically incorrect territory with the “how fat are we getting in this country” line of jokes and touches the edges of sexist and ethnic humor as did The Alley Cats.
While Conan isn’t to bad, Jay is a million times better. It’ll be a sad day when he leaves The Tonight Show but hopefully he’ll end up on another show and continue to perform live. He really seemed to enjoy performing as he always does and everyone in the crowd loved the show. The Alley Cats and Leno went for about 2 hours total which is much better than David Copperfield at the MGM which went for about an hour and fifteen minutes with lots of filler (video) in the show.
Tickets to see Leno in Vegas are about $100 and I was able to snag a second row seat a about 6pm the day of the show. The theater was just about full but one of the benefits of going to a show solo is that you can get a great seat to a great show at the last minute. Since tickets to see Leno are one of the more popular tickets on the Las Vegas Strip, you probably won’t find them at Tix4Tonight which offers discounted same day tickets for a variety of Vegas shows but it will still be the best $100 you spend while you are in Vegas!