Allan Sherman had “Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh.” Bob Newhart had his air-traffic controller. Andy Griffith had “What It Was Was Football.”
With many comedians, the very mention of a line from a famous bit can prompt many to repeat the whole routine. Adam Carolla, at Thunder Valley on Friday night, has two rants that have become forever associated with him –“What Can’t Adam Carolla Complain About” and “Why I Hate L.A."
Not that attendees at his shows can expect to hear him do either one, necessarily, and he continually alters his material anyhow, but both embody the sharp satire and sometimes vitriolic attacks synonymous with him.
Not many entertainers these days build a radio gig into a solid career, but Carolla, although he did television with Comedy Central’s “The Man Show” and “Crank Yankers,” is best associated with radio, from his start on “Loveline” with Dr. Drew Pinksy to “The Adam Carolla Show” podcast which still holds the Guinness Book of Records’ most-downloaded ranking.
It’s a joy to most and sometimes bothersome to a few to listen to him no matter what he chooses to talk about.
If anything, Adam Carolla never holds back. (7:30 p.m.; $42.95-$52.95; thundervalley.com)
Thunder Valley has also just announced some more entertainers for its Summer Concert Series: Theresa Caputo, June 8 ($62.95-$132.95); Russell Peters, June 23 ($44.95-$97.95); Primus and Mastodon, June 30 ($34.95-$84.95); Jim Gaffigan, July 21 ($47.95-$99.95); Jo Koy, Aug. 11 ($47.95-$97.95); and K-Hit’s “Rewind” of the 1980s with A Flock of Seagulls, Wang Chung, Men Without Hats and more, Sept. 2 ($42.95-$149.95).
“The Sound of Music,” “West Side Story,” “My Fair Lady,” and “Oliver” are all among the musicals that have won Best Picture Oscars.
But the most successful film musical of all time is none of these. It is “Grease.” Sandy singing “Hopelessly Devoted to You” is dear in the memories of several generations. That Sandy, Olivia Newton-John, destined to forever be closely associated with the movie, appears at the Grand Sierra in Reno on Friday night.
She is remembered for much more, of course: for her many hits (“Physical” topped the charts for 10 consecutive weeks), her recent sold-out extended run of “Summer Nights” at the Las Vegas Flamingo, and the fact she also starred in one of the worst musicals on screen, “Xanadu.” (9 p.m.; $36-$90; grandsierraresort.com)
Entertainment of an entirely different sort takes place at Reno’s Silver Legacy on Saturday, when Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley take the stage for a live view of their popular Facebook web series "IMomSoHard." Spanx, body hair, lack of bladder control, raising children – all up for grabs – with 350,000 followers and 20 million views. (8 p.m.; $39.50-$59.50; silverlegacy.com)
Add a terrific combo of the Steve Miller Band and Peter Frampton to Harveys Tahoe Summer Concert Series Aug. 17. ($39.50-$139.50; Ticketmaster)