Bigger Than U.S. Steel: A Tour Through Vegas’ Mob Museum with Meyer Lansky II

FACT-O-RAMA! Jews, not Italians, are credited with creating the modern mafia. Unlike Italians, they were mostly single-generation gangsters. Jewish gangsters sent their kids to college whereas Italian gangsters taught their kids how to commit crimes.

I’ve been performing in Las Vegas comedy clubs for just over 20 years and thought I had seen it all. I’ve walked on stage at The Sahara having to step over tiger urine to get to the microphone (the crew apparently didn’t have time to mop the floor between the big, white cat extravaganza and the comedy show). I’ve seen bachelorette party girls holding each others’ hair as they took turns vomiting. I watched a 450-pound Elvis sing from a “throne” because he was too heavy to stand for 30 minutes. I’ve shared a green room with a topless magician’s assistant who purposely made conversation with me because she could tell I was uncomfy. I’ve even been to the Liberace Museum, which is great if you like sequins. It looked like someone shot up the place with a Bedazzler.

The only thing I’ve never done was go to the legendary Mob Museum. I WANTED to go but never felt like the time was right. That changed yesterday.

A couple of hours after we landed in Vegas, my friend Kathleen called and asked, “Do you want a tour of The Mob Museum with Meyer Lansky II?”

Are you kidding me? There is NO better time for a visit to the Mob Museum than when the grandson of the guy who practically invented the mafia, and Las Vegas, is giving the tour, especially for a mobster-maniac like myself.


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