One Question: George Wallace
This is the first in a new Las Vegas Magazine series. Each One Question will feature a Las Vegas entertainer and cover a multitude of topics, all with a common goal: Keeping all of you feeling connected to the Entertainment Capital of the World. Because when Vegas reopens and you begin buying your tickets, don’t you want to feel like you know these Strip performers just a little bit better?
Was there ever a time—maybe after a particular set—where you wanted to give up performing comedy and just throw in the towel?
No, no, never ever, ever. George Wallace—who lives, loves and laughs in Las Vegas—couldn’t be happier. Las Vegas has it all. I’m a man that’s lived his dream since the age of 6. Watching the likes of comedians Red Skelton, Redd Foxx, Jackie ”Moms” Mabley and Pinky Lee. I knew at that early age that’s what I loved—making people laugh. I’ve been telling jokes since day one. Even after being college-educated with degrees in transportation, marketing and advertising, and radio/television broadcasting, I knew laughter was for me. Especially knowing you can get rewarded for it.
No, no, never, ever, ever did I wanna quit. Quit what? You can’t quit from doing nothing. Actually, doing stand-up is the hardest art form. Damn tough. I’m so rewarded in life. As I grew in comedy, my ultimate goal was to grace a stage in Las Vegas. As of this day, I have the longest-running show owned and operated by an African-American in Vegas history. Thank god for Redd Foxx, Lena Horne and Sammy Davis Jr. for paving a way for us. I honor my essence by showing the world that I love what I do. Since 1979 ... my first appearance at Caesars Palace’s Circus Maximus Showroom with Diana Ross, I knew it. After 44 years of stand-up and mostly in Vegas. I’ve worked every main stage in Las Vegas, give or take a few. Who could ask for anything better? I love my career. I love happy people and I love Las Vegas. Come on over to the Westgate. Las Vegas has it all!
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