Excerpt from the Laughlin, Nevada Entertainer.
Comedy on the Edge
Edgewater continues to present comedy
Dennis Blair is a comic who plays the Edgewater comedy club regularly. His cred was good coming in because he served as George Carlin’s opening act for 20 years.
Well, another comic comes to the Edgewater. Michael “Wheels” Parise cut his stand-up comedy teeth opening for Andrew Dice Clay for more than 20 years. Imagine being in a comedy billing and you’re the comedian nobody came to see. But both Carlin and Clay knew they had a good opener, greasing the laughter skids and making their job easier.
Parise is a New Yorker who came to L.A. to pursue his budding comedy career back in the late ’80s. He became a regular at The Comedy Store in West Hollywood, eventually landing the opening act gig with Dice Clay. From there he has gone to become a headliner at Vegas casinos in his own right.
We talked with Parise via a phone interview last week. Here’s his take on…. Full article…