Brad Garrett- Show Reviews: “The Mirage Has the OTHER Brad Garrett!”

Brad Garrett the television sitcom star is quite different from Brad Garrett the stand- up comedian.

We enjoyed Brad as the lovable big brother, Robert Barone, in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and starring in his own “”¹…”Til Death” television series and now, seeing him on stage for the first time was surprising. Brad still has those lovable qualities which helped him succeed, but there is so much more! He has a chance to use all of his talents in the comedy act!

We realize the depth of Brad’s talents when he suddenly switches from one exaggerated accent to another. His repertoire seems endless, just as we start laughing, Brad begins another impression. Every religion, ethnic group, and nationality are fair game for him. Warning, do not sit in the front rows or leave your seat during the show or you will become his target! As a Las Vegas reviewer for 29 years, I learned this early in my career.

Brad’s insults reminded me of a young Don Rickles, after he insulted members of the audience Brad explained, “I am not really like this. It is all in fun! With an uncanny skill for pleasing audiences, Brad involves them. There is a spirit of freedom, that the audience can yell their questions and expressions of their appreciation to him during the show.

Brad uses facial expressions and gestures, acts out some of his shticks, maybe adds a little dance step, and throws himself into his routines. Refreshingly original and upbeat, Brad Garrett has excelled as a stand up comedian headlining around the United States as well as having appeared with Frank Sinatra, David Copperfield, Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Sammy Davis, Jr., the Beach Boys, and Julio Iglesias. He was nominated three times for his role in “Everybody Loves Raymond” and won Emmy Awards (2002 and 2003) for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy. Brad also received the 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series.

Brad’s multi-talents are evidenced in his voice-over work- the roles of Fatso the ghost in the 1995 feature “Casper,” Dim the rhinoceros beetle in “A Bug’s Life,” and Bloat the blowfish in “Finding Nemo.” He also appeared in “Don King: Only in America,” “George B,” which was a finalist at the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, “Suicide Kings,” “Clubland,” and “Sweet and Lowdown.” Garrett has guest-hosted the “Late Show” for a sidelined David Letterman. In 2002, Garrett played Jackie Gleason in the critically acclaimed movie “Gleason,” on CBS, for which he earned an Emmy Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Movie or Miniseries. He will next be seen in the Disney feature “The Pacifier” and in the independent feature “The Moguls.”

Brad Garrett returns to Las Vegas periodically.

You will always find great entertainment at the MGM MIRAGE:

Call for information, Shows: (800)-963-9634, Hotel: 791-7111.

MGM Mirage Resort, 3400 S. Las Vegas Boulevard. www.mirage.com

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