Paris Las Vegas and Producer Cort McCown Announce the Opening of ‘Empire Comedy’ inside Napoleon’s Lounge

By on January 18, 2012

A-list comedians grace the stage weekly, making each week a unique comedic experience

Producer of the award-winning Playboy Comedy series, Cort McCown, has moved his comedy show lineup, now titled Empire Comedy, to Napoleon’s Lounge located inside Paris Las Vegas. This new live comedy show will boast some of the most noteworthy talent in the world of comedy for a night of funny, and always entertaining, standup.

For more than eight years, McCown has produced countless successful extended weekend runs with some of the top names in comedy during his tenure at the helm of Playboy Comedy. With his experience and rolodex that reads like a who’s who of the comedic world of standup, film and television, McCown is sure to bring a fresh and new comedic approach to Paris Las Vegas.

“Paris Las Vegas strives to provide unparalleled entertainment options for its guests, and Empire Comedy is no exception,” said David Hoenemeyer, regional president of Paris Las Vegas. “We look forward to welcoming to our property some of today’s most hilarious and well-known comedians.”

“I’m ecstatic to bring the show to the Las Vegas Strip and at such an amazing property like Paris,” said McCown.

Napoleon’s Lounge, nestled inside Paris Las Vegas, will be the home to this new comedy production on the Las Vegas Strip. With its large windows overlooking the ‘streets’ of Paris, this venue will allow guests to feel relaxed as they enjoy a night of the funniest comedians to hit the Strip to date.

Comedians are available for interviews. Please submit requests to [email protected].

Empire Comedy Headliners:

  • Feb. 9 -11 – Harland Williams, “Dumb and Dumber”
  • Feb. 16-18 – Chris Franjola, “E!’s Chelsea Lately”
  • Feb. 23-25 – Robert Kelly, “Tourgasm”

Show Times:

  • Thursday – 8:30 p.m.
  • Friday – 8:30 p.m.
  • Saturday – 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.



Ticket prices start at $39.99 and VIP tickets are also available for $59.99, which includes VIP seating at the show. Ticket prices include taxes. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Eiffel Tower Box Office or Bally’s Box Office, by calling (877) 374-7469 or online at

About Harland Williams

Comedian and actor Harland Williams has won the world over for his hilarious movie roles and outlandish stand-up, sketch comedy routines. Williams has starred in numerous unforgettable roles such as the pee-drinking cop in “Dumb and Dumber,” the loveable horse-killing stoner, Kenny in “Half Baked,” the hitchhiking serial killer in “There’s Something About Mary,” the silent motorcycle stud Slater, in “Superstar,” the goof-ball astronaut Fred Z. Randall in “Rocketman” and Roberta, the ugliest red head in the world, in “Sorority Boys.” He has also made regular appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “Late Night with Conan O’Brian.” In addition to appearances, Williams has done solo stand-up comedy specials for HBO, Comedy Central, CTV, and CBC. Williams has provided voices for several animated productions including “Robots” and is also an accomplished author and illustrator of his own series of children’s books involving a little brontosaurus named “Lickety Split.”; Twitter @HarlandWilliams

About Chris Franjola

Writer-comedian, Chris Franjola has become has become easily recognizable due to his regular appearances on E!’s late-night hit show ‘Chelsea Lately.’ Where he not only partakes in comedic banter at the infamous ‘roundtable,’ but has also gone behind the scenes as a guest writer for the show. Since 2009, he has also secured a lead role in the scripted comedy series ‘After Lately’ which has just been picked up for its fourth season on the E! Network. When Chris isn’t busy writing and acting in Los Angeles, he spends most of his free time performing his standup on the road with Chelsea Handler, performing on the “Comedians of Chelsea Lately” tour, and headlining venues all over the country. Before working on Chelsea Lately, Chris wrote for other shows including “Family Guy” and the original “Chelsea Handler Show.”; Twitter @ChrisFranjola.

About Robert Kelly

Robert Kelly has overcome many hardships in his life, all of which have made him the actor/comedian he is today. As a kid growing up in Chicago, Robert was in and out of Juvenile Hall which gave him the life experience to form his clever comedic approach. He has been winning audiences over for the last 18 years and has traveled across the country in the “Tourgasm Live” tour with Dance Cook and Gary Gulman. He is a regular on the Sirius XM Radio “Opie and Anthony” show and has performed in numerous festivals including HBO’s Comedy Festival in Las Vegas. Robert has had extensive film and television credits including appearances in multiple “Law & Order” series. Currently, Robert has been featured on the hit FX show ‘Louie’ and HBO’s “Tourgasm.” Audiences can expect to hear Robert’s unique, honest take on his own life and his relationships in a way that is clever, abrasive, funny and yet refreshingly vulnerable.; Twitter @robertkelly.


UPCOMING EMPIRE COMEDY HEADLINERS (headliners subject to change):



9-11 – Harland Williams

16-18 – Chris Franjola

23-25 – Robert Kelly


MARCH 2012

1-3 – David Koechner

8-10 – Mitch Fatel

15-17 – TBA

22-24 – Dov Davidoff

29-31 – Bryan Callen


APRIL 2012

5-7 – Jimmy Shubert

12-14 – Brad Williams

19-21 – Guy Torry

26-28 – TBA


MAY 2012

3-5 – Sarah Colonna

10-12 – Rob Riggle

17-19 – T.J. Miller


About Paris Las Vegas:

Paris Las Vegas brings the passion and sophistication of the City of Lights to the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, transporting guests to Europe’s most romantic city. From its dramatic 50-story replica Eiffel Tower to authentic architectural reproductions, Paris Las Vegas features more than 2,900 hotel rooms and suites, 85,000 square-feet of casino space with 1,200 slots and an array of exciting table games, European-inspired boutiques and shops, The Paris Spa by Mandara; a picturesque wedding chapel and the opulent nightlife venue Chateau Nightclub & Gardens. 11 restaurants include a distinctive array of fine cuisine such as Chef Joho’s acclaimed Eiffel Tower Restaurant, Les Artistes Steakhouse and French-bistro Mon Ami Gabi. Beginning March 2012, the award-winning musical Jersey Boys will perform in the 1,477-seat Paris Théâtre. For more information, please visit or to access media materials and request high-resolution images. Find Paris Las Vegas on Facebook and follow on Twitter.

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