Debbie Hall
Larry G. Jones “The Last Impressionist Standing”


The popular show ‘Last Comic Standing’ does not actually have a voice competition with another version of their show, but it would be fun to watch Las Vegas’ top impressionists battle it out in a ‘voice-off.’ The stakes would be extremely high with $100 million vs. ‘zero guarantees, pay to play’ Las Vegas showroom contracts at stake. Either way, recently named “Impressionist of the Year” Larry G. Jones who is renowned for his song parodies and the accuracy of his voices will be the ‘last impressionist standing,’ and in fact, the only impressionist still performing weekly in Las Vegas from November 22nd till February 2009.  

That’s when Danny Gans ends his $150 million dollar contract at the Mirage to take a few months off before moving across the street to the Wynn. America’s Got Talent’s Terry Fator will replace him at The Mirage in February. Meanwhile, impressionist Gordie Brown will return to the Golden Nugget for the third time on Feb. 5. It is only then that all three singing comedy impressionists (and ventriloquist Fator) will be performing in Las Vegas while Larry G. Jones’ ‘Superstar Voices in Concert’ show will have continued in December and January. 

During his 1600 plus shows since 2001, Jones performed in Las Vegas downtown’s Plaza and Fitzgeralds Casinos showrooms. Now on the strip in his new venue, The Royal Resort is almost right behind Steve Wynn’s new Encore and only 50 yards from Las Vegas Blvd at 99 Convention Center Drive. With a smile, Jones said, “Even though it’s an intimate venue, when you move to a showroom that’s within two blocks of similar acts (Terry Fator and Danny Gans) that are getting 100 million dollar plus contracts, you’ve got to just hope that you’re at least a quarter as talented as they are, cause that’s still worth at least 25 million!” A glance over at his “Impressionist of the Year” trophy and a quick read of his many rave Las Vegas reviews reveal that he’s already well ahead of his hopes in the talent department.  

While there’s a focus on singing impressions and over 70 voices in every show, Jones’ ‘Trip Down the Strip’ section of the show covers the voices of over fifteen major Las Vegas headliner’s including Cher, Bette Midler, Neil Diamond and many more. In his rapid fire yet relaxed style, his song parodies reveal the deepest secrets of Cirque and The Rat Pack.  Making the most of  his four octave range, Jones’ signature dead-on voices will answer questions like, ‘What happened when the girls(boys) from La Cage go to see the Jersey Boys?’ , ‘What happened when Tom Jones got too drunk?’, and ‘Does the Phantom wear Depends?!’  

While Jones’ reputation is being a ‘great talent’ and a ‘real hustler,’ it’s likely he’ll still be entertaining in Las Vegas for years due Jones’ miraculous ‘three escapes from death’ (including drowning, kidney failure, and stage IV ‘terminal’ cancer) reveal a higher’ staying power. Larry is now in perfect health doing what he has always done, and telling the world, “just thank God, be grateful, and remember, it’s a great day to be alive.” Somehow it seems appropriate, that even for a time, Jones is, ‘The Last Impressionist Standing” in Las Vegas.

To get to the Royal Resort, which is located one block from the Wynn and Riviera across from the old Stardust (now Echelon Construction), turn on Convention Center Drive (Walgreen’s Drug Store is on the northeastern corner at Las Vegas Blvd. and the empty lot where the Beach used to be is on the southwestern corner at Paradise Road) and the Royal Resort will be on the south side of the street. Video highlights of Larry’s show as well as show times, tickets and location information are available at


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