Review and photos by Fred Kuhlman
Promoter: Danny Zelisko Presents
Venue: Talking Stick Resort – Ballroom
Date: Saturday May 18th, 2019
Most of you might remember Bill Engvall as one of the members of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour. Tonight’s show was 21 and older due to a few sexual stories or jokes. They were not really bad and he never dropped the F-bomb. It was mostly just funny incidents like why wouldn’t your wife not want to having sex when you are dressed up as Batman.
The show was made up of 4 sections. The first was about his life in Winslow, Arizona. That went over well with the Scottsdale, Arizona crowd. The second section was about his vacation to Africa for an animal safari trip with his wife. The third part was about the dumb things he did or happened to him. And finally, the last part of the show was his classic “Here’s Your Sign”. I don’t want to repeat his stories or jokes, but will just give you a hint of the different sections. You really need to go see the show to fully appreciated it.
The funniest part of the Winslow part was when he talked about coming back to Winslow and thinking that they had removed some building, but found out it was the same as when he lived there. He summed it up as just looking smaller now.
The Africa trip was probably my favorite part of the show. He talked about all of the strange things that occurred prior to and on the trip. This included his gorilla trek and what happened to him. He also talked about staying in a tent in the Maasai Mara Reserve and the strange nightly sounds. For me the funniest part was the prep part. I had a very similar experience when I went to India and Brazil, so I could fully relate.
He then talked about how dumb things just happen to him or he does not fully think his actions through. Most of the mem loved when he told the women and wives in the audience that when we as mem do dumb things, we don’t need them to tell us it was dumb. We get it and realize how dumb it was and don’t need anyone else telling us it was dumb. The story about his son’s knife incident was just priceless.
The last part of the show was his classic “Here’s Your Sign” stories. He told us how the whole “Here Is Your Sign” came about. He did it as part one of his early performances and sold the signs he created after the shows for $1 each or 2 for $5. He joked about just how many people actually paid the $5. He also joked about after selling the signs, he would give is wife the money and she would deposit it at the bank. Then one day she told him he really had to stop because the people at the bank thought his wife was depositing, her “Stripper” money since it was mostly $1 and $5 bills.
The show lasted about 75 minutes which is typical for a show at a casino. They really want the audience to get back out and play the machines. I have seen a number of comedians over the years and Bill did a great job. If you get a chance to see Bill, it is definitely worth it.
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