Niagara Gazette — Fans of the giant-size big brother on the TV show "Everybody Loves Raymond," might just get a rush out of seeing him in the poker rooms of the Seneca Niagara Casino at the end summer.
Comic Brad Garrett, famous for his role as Raymond's beleaguered older brother, will be performing at the casino Sept. 7, but he also might be seen on the floor of the casino as he also happens to be a pro poker player.
The comedian, who now stars in a sitcom called "How to Live with Your Parents (for the Rest of Your Life)," is among a lineup of acts in the casino's "Summer Rush," schedule, and his penchant for poker was cited among the announcements Tuesday at a press conference at the casino. The date of the casino's traditional free Falls fireworks presentation was also announced, and the display is set for July 5.
Leaders at the Seneca casinos are hoping to give lots of people a rush this summer. And for those who prefer music to comedy, there's a schedule led by classic blues musician B.B. King. The "Summer Rush" is all part of a 3rd annual entertainment effort designed to keep people coming to the three Seneca casinos throughout the coming months, including the Falls casino, the Seneca Allegany Casino in Salamanca and the Buffalo Creek Casino in downtown Buffalo.
"The word rush does not mean hurried or half-hearted," said Jim Wise, senior vice president of marketing, in announcing the lineup. "Rush is the energy we wish to generate," he said.
Some of the most successful comics in America will take the stages at the Seneca Allegany Casino and the Seneca Niagara Casino, including Paul Reiser, Tracy Morgan, Howie Mandell, Brad Garett and Drew Carey. Mandell and Reiser will be in Allegany while Morgan, Carey and Garett will perform at the Niagara Falls Casino and Hotel. In addition, ventriloquist Jeff Dunham will bring his "Disorderly Conduct" tour to the Seneca Allegany July 12. Wise described the comic, who travels with a team of smart-aleck puppets, as "Don Rickles with a personality disorder," and said he was the top grossing comedian in the world in 2009 and 2010.