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Trio of comedians coming to Cocopah Casino this weekend

November 5, 2013


Nov. 05--The world famous Comedy Machine is dispatching three of its best comedians to Cocopah Casino this weekend.

Those funny guys are headliner David Gee and special guests Manny Hernandez and Steven Briggs.

David Gee got his start in the mid-1990s. His association with comedy legend Bud Friedman gave him a great chance to refine his talents and grow as a comedian. Since then, he has shared the stage with such big names in comedy as Bob Hope, Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Seinfeld and Chris Rock.

"At a Friar's Roast in 2001," Gee recounted, "Sid Caesar introduced me to Milton Berle. How insanely cool is that?"

The comic recently appeared on Showtime with Rita Rudner.

"In addition to stories, one-liners and impressions, I've been known to add poetry and even music now and again. If you're lucky, you'll miss that!" Gee quipped during a recent interview with the Yuma Sun. "I'm just doing what I love to do and if someone happens to enjoy it, well, that's just very cool."

The comedians will hit the stage twice Saturday -- at 7:30 and 9:30 p.m.

Manny Hernandez has performed with some of the best comics in the business. He's worked with Jamie Foxx, Eddie Griffin and Paul Rodriguez. He has also appeared in the movies "The Kingdom" and "Take Me Home Tonight."

"On TV, maybe you've seen him on Que Locos, Loco Comedy Jam and Latino Laugh fest on Showtime," said John Giles said, marketing director at Cocopah Casino. "If you like to laugh, you'll love Manny."

Steven Briggs has been seen in a wide variety of commercials such as ESPN, Dodge and Google. His acting resume boasts a list of about 20 independent films, with Briggs starring in half and being listed as co-star in the rest.

"His style of comedy is energetic and exciting to watch," Giles said. "You'll love his sound effects and storytelling. You won't want to miss him."

Tickets to the performances are $10 for general admission and $15 for VIP.

Remember that comedy fans must be at least 21 years of age to attend the casino event.

Gee said he hopes to see lots of comedy fans, parting with these words: "Come for the funny -- stay and win money."

Darin Fenger can be reached at or 539-6860.


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