Comedian will let others have last laugh so charity can benefit

Leave it to Cork Proctor to stage his own career wake and then star in it.

The Las Vegas comedian is set to celebrate his 80th birthday with a celebrity roast. Proceeds from the Sunday, July 22 event at South Point will benefit the Opportunity Village charity. For more information or to make reservations, contact Opportunity Village at 702-880-4081.

The show will also serve as the launch party for his memoir, “My Mind is an Open Mouth,” which draws from his six decades in show business and 40-year career as a stand-up guy.

“It’s a great way to get out of the business to say goodbye to a town that’s been very good to me,” Proctor says.

But it’s just as important to him that the event helps Opportunity Village.

Although he’s taken part in many comedy roasts, he’s never been the focus of the panel.

“To have people beat on me for an hour and a half is gong to be a really interesting experience,” he says.

GOOD COP: The city of Henderson is losing one of its most respected members of law enforcement with the retirement of Police Chief James White.

White helped smooth the transition inside the department after the forced retirement of Jutta Chambers, who left the position after a video surfaced that showed a Henderson police officer kicking a restrained driver in the head five times during an October 2010 traffic stop. The driver was suffering insulin shock, and later received a six-figure settlement from the department.

GOP CHECKBOOK: You know a guy has become a big political checkbook when his $1 million donation to a political action committee barely blips in the headlines.

That’s just how big Las Vegas/Macau casino magnate Sheldon Adelson is these days. As The Wall Street Journal reported, Adelson’s latest whale-sized donation went to Freedom PAC.

Granted, that’s chump change compared with the $21 million he lavished on the presidential campaign of former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.

GOVT. INC.: While local city and county government bosses are busy revisiting the wages and benefits of their employees, maybe they should also take a harder look at the tax breaks and set-asides they’ve handed some corporations that don’t appear to need the favored status.

Maybe that’s asking too much.

WONDERFUL LIFE: Caliente native Ralph Denton, who died July 6 at age 86, carved out a remarkable life.

With wife Sara at his side, Ralph not only knew success in his professional life as an attorney, but also saw his children achieve great heights in their own careers.

Those who knew him recognize that humility was one of his greatest gifts. He died knowing that throughout his life he’d stood up on the right side of history in the areas of civil rights in Southern Nevada.

Denton’s service is set for 10 a.m. today at the Guardian Angel Cathedral at 302 Cathedral Way.

JAZZ MAN: I recently had the chance to listen to saxophonist Jimmy Mulidore’s latest recording, “Jazz for the Ages,” a compilation of Coltrane-centric classics along with the Las Vegas reed master’s originals.

Mulidore appears regularly at Roma Garden at 5715 S. Pecos Road.

ON THE BOULEVARD: Now that the FBI is investigating the relationship between nightclub boss Steve Davidovici and the son of sentencing Senior U.S. District Judge Kent Dawson, courthouse skeptics are beginning to wonder when others involved in the $7 million tax-concealment scheme will step forward and speak candidly. After all, they didn’t get the sweet deal Davidovici received. … Will Davidovici’s eye illness prevent him from opening his gourmet meatball shop? I’m guessing it won’t.

BOULEVARD II: It appears state OSHA hasn’t finished focusing its bureaucratic might on the diminutive nonprofit Las Vegas Zoo. At some point you’d think the state safety police would have higher priorities.

Have an item for the Bard of the Boulevard? Email comments and contributions to Smith or call 702-383-0295. He also blogs at Follow him on Twitter @jlnevadasmith.

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