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Rich Little Brings a Lot of Laughs

May 30th, 2011 • by Sandy Zimmerman

 (Photos shot by Sandy Zimmerman during the live show.)


I have enjoyed reviewing Rich Little’s show beginning in the 80’s and throughout the years to his most recent opening night for “Laugh a Little”, at the Starlight Theater, inside the Riviera Hotel. 


A master of impressions, Rich has led the way with his spoofs and good natured satirical sketches.

It’s nothing personal; the impressions are all very funny. 

With a little singing and a little dancing, Rich sparks up his new material and old favorites. 

And there’s always some new impressions keeping up with the recent news and events.

One shtick that is always funny is his “Political” commentary.

Whenever he is going to “talk politics”, Rich suddenly burst into his special number, “Sing a Little song about Washington” pausing for impressions of Clinton,

President Bush- senior and junior, Carter, Reagan, and Nixon. 

 Rich understands politicians with an ability to choose the funny side of politics. 

He dances around and sometimes marches to the beat of the music.



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Rich Little Brings a Lot of Laughs (Continued)

The right way to take politics is with jokes.  

We acknowledge Rich Little as the  "King of Impressionists".  

It is amazing how closely Rich captures the character and feeling of the celebrities so quickly, in just seconds. 

He smoothly segues from one personality to another with such perfection that we actually think the celebrity is in front of us.

  Not only Rich's voice but his face and demeanor become the other person. 

His impressions are unique, doing things "his way".

Rich performed a variety of impressions of politicians, singers, celebrities, and even hosted a game show "Celebrity Quiz". 

He questions contestants Jimmy Stewart, Paul Lynn, Jack Nicholson, George Burns, Dr. Phil, Andy Rooney and Johnny Carson. 

Rich is famous for his old favorites, the stars everyone has loved over the years-  John Wayne, Johnny Carson, Judy Garland, Grocho Marx, Dolly Parton, Tony Bennett, Johnny Cash, Kenny Rogers, the Rat Pack, and even Miss Piggy along with some of his other bits from over 200 other impressions.

I attended their opening night pre-show party in the lobby of the Starlite Theater. 

 Rich Little and the guests enjoyed cocktails and hors d'oeuvres while he mingled with everybody. 

The Riviera's Starlite Theater is designed so there is not a bad seat in the house.

Rich Little's first appearance in Las Vegas was at the Sands, in 1965, as opening act for Jack Jones.

Rich mentioned he is happy to be back at the Riviera after 16 years, "When you are hot, you are hot!"  

Host of his own NBC variety TV series, Rich made 3 HBO comedy specials including Rich Little's Christmas Carol in which he played all the role of the Dickens classic and won the MONTREUX Festival in Switzerland and earned an international EMMY.

Rich has been honored by the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Canada Walk of Fame, Las Vegas Walk of Stars and Palm Springs Walk of Stars.

For information or reservations, call (877)-892-7469.

Rich Little;s Shows run every Wednesday thru Sunday, at 7:30 pm.

Tickets: $29.95- General Admission, $39.95-Preferred Seating, and $59.95 for the Golden Circle VIP.

Seniors and Military receive a $20 discount for Preferred and Golden Circle seats.

Rich will be bringing classic Vegas back to the Strip from                               May 25-June 12.