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Best Show In Vegas: Mayor Oscar Goodman

By Chuckmonster on Monday, 25th July 2005 1:35pm
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Wow! Celine Dion's at Caesars Palace, Gladys Knight's at the Flamingo, there's a topless vampire show at the Stratosphere, and over at Bally's, two dozen nearly naked showgirls are reenacting the story of Samson and Delilah!

"I drink to excess, I gamble with both hands, I'll bet on anything that moves," says Las Vegas Mayor Oscar Goodman. "I'm the consummate impresario."

Meanwhile, the Riviera has a Neil Diamond impersonator, the Aladdin has Beatles impersonators, the Elvis-a-Rama museum has Elvis impersonators, and La Cage has female impersonators who impersonate such fabulous females as Cher, Liza, Dolly and Britney. Wow!

But the most entertaining show in Las Vegas just might be the mayor: Oscar B. Goodman, a martini-swilling former mob lawyer with a Santa Claus belly, a rosy pink W.C. Fields nose and a well-groomed Yasser Arafat beard. Goodman, 65, is a Democrat who bills himself as the "Happiest Mayor of the Greatest City in the World," but he could just as plausibly call himself "America's Most Colorful Pol."

Here he is now, getting ready to do his shtick at the convention of the National Association of Minority Contractors in the MGM Grand Hotel. But there's a problem -- no showgirls!!!

When he appears in public, which is as often as possible, Mayor Goodman likes to be escorted by two scantily clad Vegas showgirls. On more formal occasions, such as a gathering of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, he also brings an Elvis impersonator.



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