12:30 PM

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6:00 PM

In Perfect Harmony Tribute Show

7:00 PM

In Perfect Harmony Tribute Show


Rancho Mirage Private Event

10:00 PM

X Country at Harrah's Hotel and Casino (featured comedian)

10:00 PM

X Country at Harrah's Hotel and Casino (featured comedian)

10:00 PM

X Country at Harrah's Hotel and Casino (featured comedian)

7 and 9:30 pm

The Comedy Cellar at the Rio Hotel

7:00 pm and 9:30 pm

The Comedy Cellar at the Rio Hotel


Dennis Blair is a Renaissance man. He is an accomplished screenwriter, award-winning songwriter and comedic actor. Yet he is probably best known for the caustic observations and musical satires of his live comedy performances.

Early in his career, Rodney Dangerfield made him his protégé, and together they toured the United States and Canada for over three years. Dennis conceived and co-wrote Rodney’s hit movie, “Easy Money”, and also played two cameo roles. He co-wrote and was a featured actor in two Dangerfield specials on ABC, and was creative consultant for the album “Rappin’ Rodney”. The title song (which he co-wrote) was nominated for a Grammy Award.

His post-Rodney career has seen him opening for a multitude of celebrities such as Tom Jones, The Beach Boys, Melissa Manchester, Joan Rivers, Elayne Boosler, George Wallace, Gloria Estefan, Joy Behar, Jackie Mason and Norm MacDonald.

Dennis toured exclusively with the late, great George Carlin for over eighteen years.

He’s been active throughout his career in other areas, too:

* TV appearances including “The Tonight Show” and HBO
* Winner of the Emmy Award for the animated film, “Confessions of a Standup”
* Two comedy CD’s: “Live Performance Anxiety” and “Words, Music and Drunks”
* Winner of the “Charlie Award” for “Best Comedian in New York”
* Starred in the Los Angeles production of “. . . Also Appearing,” his one-man show about his experiences as an opening act.

Meanwhile, he continues to headline in comedy clubs, on cruise ships and at corporate events and to open for celebrities on tour.

He also has revived his songwriting career, both solo and with his former songwriting partner, John Durkin, recording and releasing an album of jazz originals entitled “Hapless Romantic”, a pop/country collection called “Songs From Captivity” and an album of country-tinged songs entitled “Music from Big Brick”. A song from that album, “I Miss George Jones”, reached the #2 spot on the International Independent Country Music Charts.

Four of their country songs won first place in The Indie Music Channel Radio Music Awards:
* “She Stayed” – Best Country Song 2016
* “If You Ever Change Your Mind” – Best Classic Country Song 2017
* “Making Movies” – Best Contemporary Country Song 2017
* “A Long Time” – Best Classic Country Song 2018

All of the albums are on CD and streaming on all platforms. His latest album, “Hold On for Dear Life”, spans musical styles, is available now on CD, and will be on the streaming services in the near future.

And he just finished filming his first ever half hour comedy special at McCurdy‘s Comedy Theatre in Sarasota. It is untitled as of now, but YouTube clips will be appearing in the late summer, with the full special scheduled for release on the open bar comedy website by the end of the 2022. Check back here for details.

Last but not least, he has published his book, “Touring with Legends”, a chronicle of his backstage and behind-the-scenes stories and experiences touring with some of the world’s biggest comedy and music stars, available on and

Movies, television, radio, theaters, comedy clubs, comedy albums, music albums and award-winning songs, a book, a play…has he had his fill?  “As long as there are jokes and songs to be written,” says Dennis, “and as long as my family demands to be fed, I’ll be around.”

Dennis has been “That First Guy” for plenty of showbiz folks.  For the record, here’s a list of people he’s opened for:


  • Rodney Dangerfield
  • Joan Rivers
  • George Carlin
  • Norm MacDonald
  • Alan King
  • Jackie Mason
  • Garry Shandling
  • Henny Youngman
  • Elayne Boosler
  • Gilbert Gottfried
  • Rita Rudner

Bands, groups and singers:

  • Tom Jones
  • The Righteous Brothers
  • The Beach Boys
  • The Spinners
  • The Four Tops
  • Natalie Cole
  • Gladys Knight and the Pips
  • Shirley Bassey
  • Sarah Vaughn
  • Melissa Manchester
  • Marvin Hamlisch
  • Peter Allen
  • Al Jarreau
  • Paul Anka
  • Kenny Rogers
  • Dolly Parton
  • Eddie Rabbit
  • Toto
  • Three Dog Night
  • The Pointer Sisters
  • Mickey Gilley
  • Bobby Vinton
  • The Gatlin Brothers
  • Ben Vereen
  • Roger Whittaker
  • Dionne Warwick
  • Marie Osmond
  • Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine
  • Livingston Taylor
  • Julie Budd
  • Billy Davis and Marilyn McCoo


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He has the fastest comedy mind of anyone I ever met. If life is fair, he should make it big.
Rodney Dangerfield
The only person who can make me belly-laugh.
George Carlin
His act is one clever thing after another. He’s very funny, for a gentile.
Jackie Mason
The funniest man in the world.
Elayne Boosler
Dennis should be writing and starring in movies. He’s got a great, crooked sense of humor. There’s a lot of Woody Allen in Dennis.
Joan Rivers
Carlin’s set was opened by Dennis Blair, a solid comic who consistently scored with mainstream material.
Paul Farhi, Washington Post
It wouldn’t be fair to call him an impressionist, because he’s more than that. He’s a parodist and a satirist and a singer . . . well, there’s no word to describe him.
Randolph Hogan, New York Times
This guy will soon be a household face and name.
Liz Smith, New York Daily News
Dennis Blair is a talented comedian who combines hysterical jokes and ingenious melodies into a fresh mix of comedy that hits a high note in humor each night.
Steven Renville, Las Vegas Image
In my line of work, 3 successes in 10 attempts at bat make you a star. If you’re 10 for 10, that’s a 1,000 batting average. A 1,000 batting average elevates you to that category of stardom few people can reach. Whether it’s performing at ARF or other shows I’ve attended, you have always been a 1,000 performer!
Tony LaRussa, Manager of the Chicago White Sox, Founder of ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation)







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The Book

Touring with Legends (hardback): A comic's tale of opening for Rodney Dangerfield, Joan Rivers, George Carlin, Tom Jones and many more . . .

When he was in his mid-twenties, singer/songwriter/guitar player Dennis Blair parlayed a dreary, dead-end gig performing for inattentive bar patrons into a successful standup comedy career. He took his newly-developed song parodies and comic banter to a late-night audition at Dangerfield's in New York City, hooked up with Rodney, and became both a headliner in his own right.

In addition to opening for such luminaries as Rodney, Joan Rivers, Garry Shandling, Norm MacDonald, Tom Jones, the Beach Boys, Gloria Estefan, the Four Tops, and many others, he opened for the late, great George Carlin for 18 years until George's death in 2008.

This book recounts in detail many of the not-seen-by-the-public "backstage" stories; the funny, the triumphant, the tragic, the weird, the close encounters, the nightmare gigs, the friendships forged, the good times and the bad times that Dennis experienced as a co-worker and a friend to many of the biggest names in show business during those years. It's a testament to how you can never really plan how things will turn out. Enjoy the journey.

The Recordings

Check out Dennis' New Album, "Hold On For Dear Life!"

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The Comedy CDs

CDs are $15.00 each or $25.00 for both.



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