Show goes on for Allen after injury


It takes more than a broken hip to take the starch out of show business iron man Marty Allen.

Three months shy of his 90th birthday and three weeks after breaking a hip, Allen continues to defy the laws of nature.

Take his 24-hour schedule over the weekend. It was as wild as Allen's signature big hair.

Returning to the stage without a cane Saturday at Palace Station was the easy part. "My therapist was in shock," he said.

As if that wasn't impressive enough, Allen sat through a three-plus hour luncheon that included being roasted as the honoree of the Louis Prima Award. Host Tony Sacca of the Showbiz Society kept the show moving because Allen had to catch an early evening flight to Milwaukee.

"Got a show at an Indian casino on Monday," Allen said proudly. He was the fifth recipient of the award and it meant the world to the honoree and the presenter.

Allen was at ground zero when Prima, Keeley Smith and Sam Butera and The Witnesses set Las Vegas on fire in the late 1950s, ushering in the lounge era with their all-nighters at the Sahara's Casbah Lounge.

Presenting the award to Allen was Lena Prima, who mentioned the close friendship between her father and Allen.

The roasters included Louie Anderson ("can't stay long, I'm in between meals"), Rich Little, Steve Rossi, Sammy Shore and Cliff Lawrence.

The big finale came when Sacca summoned the Showbiz Society's eight board members from the wings. All wore Allen-like wigs as a tribute.

THE SCENE AND HEARD

Travis Cloer of "Jersey Boys" (The Venetian) will be at the controls of the train from 6:30-7:30 p.m. tonight at the Magical Forest inside Opportunity Village. Other celebrity engineers lined up for the week: Former Mayor Oscar Goodman, 6-7 p.m., Tuesday; Clint Holmes, 7-8 p.m. Tuesday; yours truly, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesday; Louie Anderson, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Thursday and Zowie Bowie, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Friday. ...

"The Method to the Madness of Jerry Lewis," a two-hour documentary, airs Dec. 17 on Encore/Starz. Lewis and many of his comedy brethren attended the VIP screening last Wednesday at the Paramount Theater at Paramount Studios. ...

Correction: Frank Sinatra and Mia Farrow were married at The Sands on July 19, 1966.

SIGHTINGS

Jay-Z, after his 1 a.m. Sunday arrival at Tao (The Venetian) was greeted by a six-piece marching band led by a little person conductor. Also spotted at the club: R&B artist Jeremih. ... At Lavo's Champagne brunch Sunday: Olympic skating star Apolo Anton Ohno. ... Former heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield, at Nove Italiano (Palms) on Saturday. ... At N9NE Steakhouse (Palms) on Saturday: Hugh Hefner's son, Cooper Hefner, dining with George Maloof. ... ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons, hanging out with friends at Mr. Lucky's Cafe (Hard Rock Hotel) on Friday.

THE PUNCH LINE

"Instead of yellow tape, cops close off murder scene with festive holly." -- From David Letterman's "Top Ten Signs It's the Holidays In New York City"

Norm Clarke can be reached at 702-383-0244 or norm@reviewjournal.com. Find additional sightings and more online at www.normclarke.com. Follow Norm on Twitter @Norm_Clarke.

 

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