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Kim Florence, Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack


The Legendary New York Comedy Club “Catch a Rising Star” comedy series makes its debut appearance at Wheeling Island

(Wheeling, WV – April 25, 2008) Wheeling Island Hotel • Casino • Racetrack proudly presents “Catch a Rising Star” comedy series featuring the hilarious Gilbert Gottfried live in the Wheeling Island showroom on Friday, April 25th for two shows at 8pm and 10pm.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 on the night of the show. Tickets are on sale now and can be ordered by calling Wheeling Island at 304-231-1749/1751 or by visiting the Wheeling Island gift shop. 
This show is a must-see for anyone that enjoys the sidesplitting humor of Gilbert Gottfried. Beginning as a humble stand-up comedian in New York City at just 15 years of age, Gilbert quickly mastered the art and was hired in 1980 to star on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. This led to several television appearances ranging from “The Cosby Show” to “Late Night with David Letterman”. 
Gottfried’s work in television soon led him to roles in film.  Most notable was his improvised scene as business manager Sidney Bernstein in the hit sequel "Beverly Hills Cop II," for which the New York Daily News said, “Gilbert Gottfried steals the picture with a single scene.”  Gottfried began to gain a reputation as the king of quirky roles with appearances in movies such as "Problem Child," "Problem Child II," "Look Who's Talking II" and "The Adventures of Ford Fairlane." 
Today, Gottfried’s signature voice is heard in several cartoons and commercials including the frustrated duck on AFLAC Insurance commercials and the voice of DIGIT in the PBS series “Cyberchase”. In addition, he regularly made appearance on “Hollywood Squares” and frequents the sets of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno” and “The Howard Stern Show”. 
“Gilbert Gottfried Dirty Jokes” was recently released on both DVD and CD, featuring 50 non-stop minutes of some of the funniest jokes ever.  Filmed live at the Gotham Comedy Club in New York City, this show also features some of the funniest bonus features ever.  For this live performance, Gottfried puts aside political correctness and fires an onslaught of jokes that know no boundaries. 
Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack offers 43 table games, 20-table poker room, over 2,000 slot machines, 151-room luxury hotel, the #1 Greyhound Track in the USA (based on purses paid), six restaurants, 550-seat showroom, meeting and banquet services, gift shop and fitness center.
Wheeling Island provided over $121 million in taxes to the State of West Virginia in 2006 and employs nearly 1,200 associates with $21.4 million in total payroll. For more information, visit online at
Wheeling Island Gaming, Inc. owns and operates Wheeling Island Hotel-Casino-Racetrack, a premier gaming and entertainment complex located in Wheeling, West Virginia. It is the largest operation of Delaware North Companies Gaming & Entertainment, a wholly owned subsidiary of Delaware North Companies, Inc. 


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