SALAMANCA - The 2,400-capacity events center at Seneca Allegany Casino was nearly full of area residents laughing out loud with Howie Mandel Friday evening.
Mandel's non-stop, can't slow down, keep your eyes on me because it's about to get real comedy act kept the attention of a willing audience for the duration of his performance. Part of what stood out about Mandel's stage presence was his interaction with the audience, as well as an uncanny ability to crack himself up, which resulted in the audience joining in. It eventually became unclear as to whether the thousands of onlookers were laughing at Mandel, or with him.
"I was in the elevator the other day, well not a whole day of course, but a guy walked into the elevator after opening on his floor," Mandel said. "He sees me in there and he goes, 'Howie Mandel?' and I go, 'Yes' and then he says to me, 'What's wrong?' Then I got very self-conscious and went, 'What do you mean what's wrong?' and maybe because I'm a comedian, he said, 'Well you're not smiling - why aren't you smiling?' I was alone, who's smiling when they are alone? How retarded would that look if you got into an elevator with me and you didn't know me and the door opened and on your floor, would you get into it with a guy by himself in there just (smiling)?"
Howie Mandel is known for bringing voice to classic characters such as Bobby Generic from “Bobby’s World,” Gizmo from “Gremlins” and Skeeter from “Muppet Babies.” He is currently a judge on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” and executive producer of TBS’ “Deal With It.” Mandel has also appeared on other NBC shows such as “Deal or No Deal” and “St. Elsewhere.”
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Part of Mandel's act included an ongoing conversation with audience member Robin, who described herself as an emergency room nurse. She identified herself after Mandel scoured the audience for a doctor that could shed some light on the strange experiences he has had during medical appointments. One of his questions for Robin pertained to the strange things she has seen people have stuck in their butt when they come into the emergency room. Particularly strange was a lightbulb, to which Mandel responded, "That's like a dyslexic with a great idea."
Shortly after, the cellphone of an elderly woman sitting in the front row began to vibrate, and Mandel insisted on answering. She handed him the cellphone, and he told her husband that his wife was too busy to answer because she was busy "entertaining" the stage crew. The woman fist pounded him before sitting back down.
Mandel is known for bringing voice to classic characters such as Bobby Generic from "Bobby's World," Gizmo from "Gremlins" and Skeeter from "Muppet Babies." He is currently a judge on NBC's "America's Got Talent" and executive producer of TBS' "Deal With It." Mandel has also appeared on other NBC shows such as "Deal or No Deal" and "St. Elsewhere." For more information visit howiemandel.com.
Before Mandel took the stage, comedian John Mendoza warmed the audience up with a no holds barred, no fear of offending half-hour-long rant.
"Know what I love about casinos?" Mendoza rhetorically asked the audience. "Every 5 feet there is somebody uglier than you.
"They say one out of three people are ugly, so look to your left and look to your right, if its not them ...," Mendoza continued.
Mandel's performance was one event out of a summer full of entertainment at the casino. The event center will also feature acts such as: Huey Lewis and the News, Saturday, Aug. 31, at 7 p.m.; Josh Turner, Sunday, Sept. 8, at 5 p.m.; and Big and Rich, Saturday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at senecaalleganycasino.com or by calling 888-913-3377. The Seneca Allegany Casino is located at 777 Seneca Allegany Blvd. in Salamanca.