Brad Garrett's Comedy Club and the Tropicana Casino and Resort in Las Vegas are proud to present Comedian Cowboy Bill Martin, December 6-12 during the National Finals Rodeo Week.
Emmy award-winning actor/comedian Brad Garrett, who is best known for his role as 'Robert' on the hit TV show, Everyone Loves Raymond, opened his new comedy club this past June. Garrett said, "A lot of people don.t know that I got my start as a stand-up and it has always been a dream of mine to own a club. And as the owner, I not only get to be around what will always be my first love, but it gives me an opportunity to discover new talent and give someone else a chance to follow their dream."
Garrett went on to say, "The National Finals Rodeo week is one of the busiest times of the year for Las Vegas. And when we
looked at putting this week together, I ask my staff, .who is the next biggest star coming out of the .country comedy. genre that we can build a real following around for the event? It needs to be someone who is really ready for the national spotlight and not just country, just for the sake of being country. "
Garrett added, "And my booking agent for the club called me and said, .there is a guy out of Texas that is absolutely tearing up audiences from coast to coast. Plus, he just got back, not too long ago, from headlining a tour in the Middle East for our Armed Forces in Iraq and Afghanistan on the Red, White and a little Bluer Tour. In addition, he dedicates one show a week to the Susan G. Koman
Foundation for Breast Cancer Awareness. And I know he is exactly what you are looking for.. So, we checked him out, met with him and I am excited to announce that we.ve signed, Cowboy Bill Martin, to co-headline with Texas comedic legend, Ron Shock, Dec. 6-12."
Writer/Comedian Cowboy Bill Martin has built a loyal following of fans from coast to coast the old fashioned way . by working the road. The Texas native headlines all of the most prestigious clubs and theaters across the U.S. and Canada. Martin has also toured with country music.s elite including George Strait, legendary singer, George Jones on an 18 city tour of Canada and was part of the CMT Most Wanted Live Tour with Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Chris Cagle.
In a recent interview, Cowboy Bill was asked what it was like to be on the CMT tour. "Well the best way I can describe it is like this," he said. "Have you ever met a beautiful woman and she has that not so attractive friend? Well I am looking around the room and it was Paisley, Rascal Flatts and Cagle and I am thinking, .Apparently, I'm the ugly chick!."
But don.t let the name fool you. Critic Punch Shaw of The Fort Worth Star Telegram says, "Martin is not your typical country-cowboy comic. There.s no talk about trailer parks or inbreeding. Sure he wears cowboy garb on stage and he speaks with a Texas accent but his comedy touches people of all cultures. In performance, he.s apt to remind you of Gary Busey with an edge. That is especially applicable, when Martin flashes a toothy grin and gives a gee-whiz shrug of his broad shoulders."
When asked if he is a real cowboy, Martin said, "The only word I don't like being called is a redneck and I will tell you why. I was probably 9 years old and I came home crying. I said, .daddy they were calling me a redneck at school.. He said, .boy, you are a cowboy.. I said, .what.s the difference?. He said, .acreage!."
Martin says while his humor is based on real life, he tries not to take himself too seriously. But admits there are two spots in the show that he puts comedy aside for a brief moment and that is first, his dedication with his clothing provider, Ariat Western Wear to promote his Pink Out Cowboy Program for Breast Cancer Awareness and the Susan G. Koman Fund. And second, for his support for our Armed Forces.
In nearly every performance; Martin toasts to the military. And although he has never served, Martin says he does so, not for a cheap applause break but because of a special Military coin that he carries in his right pocket on stage for every show.
Martin explains, "I was doing a show in Oklahoma City a couple of years ago and this kid, I say kid because he couldn't have been more than 22 years old, walks up to me and says, 'Hey Man, I want to give you something.' And then he says to me, 'A buddy of mine and I went to elementary, middle school and high school together. We enlisted in the Marine Corp. on the same day, went to boot camp together and then got sent to Iraq together on the "Buddy Program. And then he looked at me and said, .and I wanted you to know that he was killed 3 months ago and I haven't laughed since...until tonight, here at your show.' And then he handed me a gold recruiting Sergeant Majors coin and said, 'and I want to give you this recruiting coin because you gave me back the laughter." And ever since then, Martin does not hit the stage without it. Martin adds, "I want people to come to the show and have a great time. Heck, I want them to laugh so hard they pee a little. But in the end, that coin reminds me that no matter what life throws at you, laughter is still the key."
Martin will be performing December 6-10, 2010. Brad Garrett's Comedy Club is Sun - Thurs 8pm | Fri & Sat 8pm & 10pm. Tickets prices are from $39 (plus taxes and fees). Locals Special: 2-for-1 Tickets on Tuesdays. Military Special: 2-for-1 Tickets for certain shows (Contact Box Office for full details.)