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01 September 2022

TUNICA, Miss. – Start your weekend off with laughter at Gold Strike Casino Resort. Gold Strike is proud to present the world-renowned Bonkerz Comedy Series every Thursday night in the Gold Strike Theatre. The weekly stand-up comedy series kicks off tonight with Mo Alexander.

“We are happy to bring live comedy to the intimate 800-seat Gold Strike Theatre,” said Gold Strike General Manager Max Fisher. “The talented lineup of seasoned comics and rising stars will deliver a blend of diverse perspectives that are hilarious, relatable and entertaining for everyone in the audience, and the line-up changes regularly, so you’re guaranteed a new punch line with every visit.”

Bonkerz has hosted the likes of Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Larry The Cable Guy, Carrot Top, Andrew Dice Clay, Sam Kinison. Paul Reiser and many others.

“We opened in 1997, and in 1998 we got our first casino industry award for Bonkerz Tunica,” said Bonkerz Comedy Production Founder and President Joe Sanfelippo. “Since then we’ve had dozens of awards including a special award from The Emmy’s to recognize our involvement in Louie Anderson’s career. We have worked with more than 100 casinos since our start in Tunica and will always feel grateful to the Tunica casino industry for giving us our first chance and helping make us the successful company we are today.”

The September-October lineup features Bonkerz’ comedians from TV and the movies, all with different backgrounds ready to entertain the audience.

 

September 1           Mo Alexander

From Comedy Central’s "Kevin Hart’s Hart of the City," "The Mo Funny Show" and "The Bob and Tom Show," Alexander is a dynamic master storyteller who takes all of life’s absurdities and creates a night full of laughter for the audience.

September 8           Lee “LA” Lycan

As seen on FOX, Lycan is creative, well-written, improvisational and always gets the audience involved. Dubbed "The Sears Tower of Comedy," he is guaranteed to liven up the stage.

September 15         Tim Convy

Featured on "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live" and MTV, Convy is a musician turned comedian whose material stems from his decade on the road, his Midwestern upbringing and all his romantic relationships.

September 22         Whodi

From B.E.T.’s "Comic View," Shaquille O’Neal’s "Next All Star," Black Comedy Central’s "Da Laughin Barrel" and more, Whodi is a high-energy act. He offers a new perspective on life and invites the audience into his own experiences and the hilarity that comes with it.

September 29          Tee Ray Bergeron

As seen on Netflix and his own Pandora radio station, Tee Ray has a Master’s degree in sarcasm and twisted view of the world. His act is described as “observational humor, with a twist.”

October 6               Dan Whitehurst

As seen on CBS, NBC, ABC, PBS and the hit show “Nashville,” Whitehurst has a knack for finding humor in unusual situations. From flunking out of college to being named “World’s Funniest Cop,” tales from his diverse employment background fuel Whitehurst’s comedy set.

October 13             Kymbra Li

From the film “Project Candy House,” the Very Local Network and more, Li is a New Orleans native and dual law graduate who moved to China to be a law professor and accidentally became a rapping comedian.

October 20             Vince Carone

Featured on TBS, the “Bob & Tom Show,” the online hit “So You Have a Girlfriend” and more, Carone’s quick-witted, fast-paced style envelops the audience with an avalanche of punchlines that never stop.

October 27             Mike Krasner

From NBC, Krasner uses his improv experience, quick wit and relatable humor to capture audiences. He uses his blend of life experience, daily observations and his unhealthy love of YouTube to relate to all audiences.

Tickets for the weekly Bonkerz comedy shows are $15, $22.50 and $30 plus tax and service fee. A four pack of tickets starts at $40 plus tax and service fee. Tickets are available for purchase at the Gold Strike Box Office, www.goldstrike.com or by calling 888.245.7829. On show days, tickets may also be purchased at the MGM Rewards desk using reward points. Doors open at 7 p.m., show is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

Bonkerz hotel package start at $149 and include deluxe accommodations and two tickets to the show (promo code: BONKERZ) Bonkerz hotel and dining package start at $159 and include deluxe accommodations, a $50 food and beverage credit and two tickets to the show (promo code: BONKERZ2). Call 888.245.7829 for details on both packages.

Two specialty drinks will be featured in the Gold Strike Theatre each Thursday including the One Liner, a frozen daiquiri made with vodka, coconut rum, pineapple juice and blue curacao and the Callback, a frozen daiquiri made with gold tequila, amaretto, peach schnapps and pineapple juice, $13 each.

 

ABOUT BONKERZ COMEDY PRODUCTIONS

In business since 1984, Bonkerz Comedy Productions has offices in Orlando, FL and Las Vegas, NV and more than 20 locations around the U.S.. Bonkerz produces four Las Vegas area resorts, The Louie Anderson Show and multiple Bonkerz shows throughout Las Vegas. In addition, Joe Sanfelippo and Bonkerz Comedy Productions have been personally involved in the careers of numerous famous stand-ups and comic actors including, CBS’ “Mike and Molly” star Billy Gardell, SNL co-star Darrell Hammond, Larry The Cable Guy, Carrot Top, Andrew Dice Clay, and the legendary Sam Kinison. Sanfelippo has cast and co-produced several Comedy Central and Showtime specials including, “Funniest Person In America,” “Showtime’s Comedy Club Network” and “Billy Gardell’s Road Dogs of Comedy.” He has also been involved in comic casting for Star Search, NBC’s Stand-up For Diversity, and ABC’s America’s Funniest people, and  consults with NBC’s America’s Got Talent, where he has placed more than a dozen comics on the shows including Grand Finalist “Grandma Lee”. He also produced Emmy Award winning comedian Louie Anderson’s Las Vegas stage shows and currently produces 6 other Las Vegas casino productions. Learn more about Bonkerz at www.bonkerzcomedyproductions.com/locations/goldstrike-casino/

 

ABOUT GOLD STRIKE

Gold Strike Casino Resort is the Mid-South’s premier entertainment destination. A short drive south of Memphis, MGM Resort International’s 31-story Tunica resort towers over the Mississippi River and offers more than 1,100 stylish rooms and suites, award-winning dining, exciting nightlife and an integrated gaming experience with a 50,000-square-foot gaming area that includes 1,100 slot machines, 61 table games, and BetMGM Book Bar & Grill, a full-service sports entertainment venue. Best-in-class amenities include the all new Gold Strike Spa, a Topgolf Swing Suite and the 800-seat Gold Strike Theatre, hosting some of the most-recognized names in entertainment. More than 30,000 square feet of convention space is available for corporate events or special occasions. The MGM Rewards program offers benefits at 17 participating MGM Resorts destinations including the most recognizable brands such as Bellagio, Aria, MGM Grand, Borgata and Beau Rivage. For reservations, call 888.245.7529 or visit www.goldstrike.com.

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CONTACT

Mary Cracchiolo Spain, Gold Strike Casino Resort, mspain@mgmresorts.com, 228.547.8473.