Groin injury no joke to 'Dancing' Engvall

Treasure Island headliner Bill Engvall is beating 60-1 Vegas odds by surviving on “Dancing With The Stars” — but this has come at some cost to his groin.

The “clean act” comedian made it to the final four this week, in the face of long Vegas odds on winning.

Engvall next performs on the T.I. stage Dec. 6 and 13. So I got on the phone with him Thursday to find out what a celebrity ballroom dancing groin pull entails.

“I am taped, wrapped, strapped,” the popular and friendly comedian said.

“I’ve got adhesive tape on my abductor muscle. I’ve got a groin wrap. When I get home, I’ll take a shower, and it’ll take 20 minutes to take all the stuff off of me.

“I’ll put an ice pack on my groin. I then have a machine that shoots electricity into the muscle to relax it.

“Man, I’ll tell you what’s amazing to me. I heard about a football player who had a groin strain and was out three weeks. I was out a day, and had to get back in.

“Now admittedly, I’m not bolting and hitting people. But I tell ya, I’ve got a new respect for (athletes).”

Engvall, a married father of two, doesn’t expect long-term complications.

“I’ll bounce back,” he said.

Engvall began “Dancing” as the Wynn’s 60-1 long shot, and he’s still the long shot at 15-1.


The great Sugar Ray Leonard will play video games — yes video games — against regular gamers today at the Microsoft retail store in Fashion Show Mall.

This is a no-cover-charge event from 1 to 4 p.m. with prizes, a marketing event to show off the new Xbox One, which came out Friday.

Xbox One doesn’t have a boxing game yet, so from 2 to 4 p.m., Sugar Ray will play versus mode against you in one of the sports/athletic titles — “FIFA,” “Madden,” “NBA,” “Powerstar Golf,” “Zumba Fitness” or “Xbox Fitness.”

When I say “you,” I mean possibly you. Microsoft promises he’ll sign autographs, and gamers “may have an opportunity to challenge Sugar Ray Leonard to one of the latest Xbox One games.”

Cheers to the champ for having fun.


Bellagio pianist David Osborne usually performs at the White House’s annual holiday party. This year, he’s doing that again, plus a second day for the Obamas. His gig at the White House is Dec. 12-13. And he is scheduled for a December appearance on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”


Do yourself a favor and buy the new Richard Cheese song, “Hannukah in Las Vegas,” if you aren’t offended by loving larks of religious holidays.

Cheese (Mark Jonathan Davis) is a stone-cold musical comedy genius and a sometimes Vegas headliner who remakes pop, rock and rap songs into funny Vegas lounge tunes.

“Hannukah in Las Vegas” is on his naughty new album “Cocktails with Santa.” “Hannukah” features shout-outs to Penn &Teller, David Copperfield and Carrot Top. Sample rhymes:

“Bet a dollar and eat some challah.”

“All the yentas make stops at the Forum Shops, and the tzimmes is made with carrot tops. Hannukah in Las Vegas, try the lamb chops.”

But his joke for the ages goes: “Hannukah in Las Vegas — it’s a real gelt trip.” Ha-ha, bravo Cheese.


Wednesday at Planet Hollywood’s film premiere of “Homefront”: Jason Statham, Kate Bosworth, James Franco and Winona Ryder.

Doug Elfman’s column appears on Page 3A in the main section on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. He also writes for Neon on Fridays. Email him at He blogs at