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South Point: Home to funny specials


Three comedians filmed their latest specials in one Vegas hotel — the South Point? Yes, the South Point.

Ralphie May shot an upcoming special there. So did his wife, comedian Lahna Turner.

And comic John Caparulo just released a South Point special on Netflix. The title of Caparulo’s special is a phone-sex joke, so my editors would never let me utter it here.

“My wife thought of that” dirty title, Caparulo says. “Originally, I was going to call it ‘John Caparulo: With Buttons.’ I wanted to wear a nicer shirt so people would stop stereotyping me” as a low-class guy from Ohio.

Why is the South Point showroom great?

“You can’t get a better setup,” says Caparulo, a “Chelsea Lately” regular.

“It looks like a theater, but it seats 500 people,” he says. “So you have a theater look, but you don’t lose the intimacy.”

He plays the South Point again this Friday through Sunday.

Caparulo is the latest comedian to sell his special to Netflix and satellite radio, instead of traditional TV networks.

“I just didn’t want to piss it away on another Comedy Central thing — they’re going to air it once on a Friday at 10 (p.m.), and then they’re going to bury it at 3 a.m. and nobody’s going to see it,” Caparulo says of Comedy Central’s tendencies. “They break it up with commercials and it ends up like crap. I didn’t want to do it that way.”

Comedians Kathleen Madigan and Mike Epps told me they recently chose Netflix over old TV formats, because that’s where fans say they watch comedy.

Caparulo has a smart idea for his next move. Starting this week in Los Angeles, he will begin professionally recording short routines — 5 to 7 minutes — then quickly put them online and on satellite radio.

His reasoning: People want to watch shorter bits on phones and tablets, and he can release that short material before fans film it on their terrible phones and put it on YouTube.

“We’re just in a day and age when things move faster. You don’t have a couple of years to put together a set, the way you would see George Carlin methodically put together a set over a couple of years,” Caparulo says.

WHOVILLE FEASTS

Katy Perry and the band Muse finished playing the iHeartRadio concert after midnight Saturday, then snacked on a special patio buffet at Botero steakhouse in Encore. Their group was starry — Steve and Andrea Wynn, Queen guitarist Brian May, Adam Lambert, Kate Hudson, singer Matthew Bellamy and singer Nick Hissom (Andrea’s son). Then they walked to XS nightclub and, from private cabanas, regarded the masses.

Las Vegan Dirk Vermin, star of A&E’s “Bad Ink,” dined with friends Saturday at chef Carla Pellegrino’s Bratalian. Their choices: Tuna salad, sauteed calamari, and pork chop with orecchiette broccoli rabe and sausage.

Miami’s “Real Housewife” Alexia Echevarria lunched Saturday at Trevi Italian restaurant with a friend, sharing salad, chicken scaloppine and chardonnay.

And Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian dined at Hakkasan restaurant Saturday with Scott Disick (I almost screw up his name every time) and rapper Tyga. First, they walked the red carpet for iHeartRadio, but they apparently left the festival before 10 p.m. so they could eat salt baked chicken with fragrant ginger and scallion oil, and stir fry lotus root with royal trumpet in sweet XO sauce, plus roasted Chilean sea bass with Chinese honey, and Jasmine tea-smoked beef short ribs, while drinking champagne and laughing.

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 delfman@reviewjournal.com. He blogs at reviewjournal.com/elfman.