Eddie Rivkin’s CUI: Comics Under the Influence to Celebrate One Year on Stage

June 7, 2011 by  

Eddie Rivkin's CUI: Comics Under the Influence to Celebrate One Year on Stage
What do you call a group of outrageous comics performing in the middle of the night, who appear to encourage the idea of “anything can happen”? Eddie Rivkin’s Comics Under the Influence, a comedy extravaganza that has been running under the cover of darkness inside The Black Door for one year as of this Thursday, June 9, 2011.  

CUI has earned a naughty reputation, not just for its comics but for its crowd. One night a girl flashed her favorite comedian and it wasn’t by lifting her top. Luckily for all concerned, especially the targeted comic of her affection, she calmed down before VICE or security had to be called. Rumor has it that this sort of thing is nothing new during the show.

The #1 Rated 11:00-ish pm show on Thursday nights in Las Vegas has a reputation for starting, well, late. Sometimes it starts at 11pm, sometimes 11:30pm and other times the crowd is liquored up and begging for fun at midnight. It is the after-hours spot to hit when you want to end the night on a raucous good time. As everyone knows here in Las Vegas, the more interesting partiers only come out after midnight…

“People come to CUI to hear all the jokes comedians aren’t allowed to tell in the clubs on the Strip. Nothing is off limits and nothing is over the line,” said Rivkin, the show’s producer. “It’s like watching Caligula, but with clothes on.”

Thursday’s performance will mark the one year anniversary of this ongoing party. They are not revealing what surprises are in store for the celebration, but there are always drink and food specials. The doors open at 9pm so that you can start the party early, but the show will start somewhere between 11pm and midnight. If you would like to have a seat, you might want to get there before 10pm, as this will be a full house. There is never a cover charge.

The regular line up includes: Brandon “Gooch” Hahn, Mike Shields, Mike Simpson, Mike Shank, Phil “Skratch with a K” Cummings, and Diaz Mackie. They are all seasoned, local comics who want nothing more than to make you cringe, laugh and have some fun with them. Regularly guest comedians will pop in and perform. Guests recently have been Shang, Jeff Garcia, Steve White, Lachlan Patterson, Robert Duchaine, Angelo Tsarouchas, and Shawn Halpin to name a few.

Eddie Rivkin is never satisfied with leaving well enough alone and is always working to add even bigger names to the guest register like some of the popular, hilarious TV icons of our time. Whether or not he’ll be able to get some of our favorite character actors from those funny television commercials or a mechanical sidekick off the TV screen and into his club remains to be seen. Rivkin has pulled off the impossible before, so will likely do it again.

CUI: Comics Under the Influence
9pm Thursdays (ongoing)
Black Door Bar & Grill
4640 Paradise Road, Las Vegas

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