A complimentary ticket offer for a memorial service? Only in Vegas.
The Web site Showtickets4locals.com sends out daily e-mails offering tickets to bottom-tier shows such as “Magic’s a Drag” and impressionist Larry G. Jones, and sometimes even for better-known people such as comedian Louie Anderson. The service guarantees functional audiences for performers while doubling as a marketing tool: Offers for free seats are typically followed by a second e-mail blast that says the freebies are gone, but you can still buy at a discount.
But it was quite a surprise to see one of the daily blasts extending a “Complimentary Ticket Offer” to the Danny Gans memorial service Thursday at the Encore.
Well, it’s not a surprise in one sense. ShowTickets4Locals is co-owned by the late impressionist’s manager, Chip Lightman. (The e-mail solicitations — this one included — come with an ad for the Coachman's Restaurant, also owned by Lightman.)
But it did raise questions of why they needed to “paper” a service that had been characterized as an invitation-only gathering of family and friends?
“It was not an effort to fill the house,” says Gans’ publicist, Laura Herlovich. Rather, “Danny was very active in a lot of community things,” and this was part of the outreach to include some “regular” fans and locals in the memorial. Tickets were also given to firefighters and police officers, she said.