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George Wallace talks comedy residency at Westgate in Las Vegas (Includes interview)

Wallace, a world renowned star of stage and screen, became the new “Mr. Vegas” with his residency at the Westgate Las Vegas Resort and Casino, where he has been performing since June 26. “We are having fun, and it’s good to be back in Las Vegas,” he said. “I live in Las Vegas now, and it’s great to be back on The Strip.”

He continued, “The fans should come to the show and have fun.”

On his daily motivations, Wallace said, “I love what I do. I am blessed. I love working and making people happy. When I see happy people, it makes me happier. I can’t wait to go on stage every night.”

Regarding the key to longevity in comedy, Wallace said, “I have been doing this for 42 years, and I am still in the game. New jokes, being funny and enjoying what you do. That’s a gift. Just keep your face out there. I will never retire.”

On the impact of technology on the entertainment business, Wallace said, “Technology is good. Life changes. We used to run to the airport to buy our tickets, and then when we got to the airport, we would have to buy a seat. Now, if you have a cell phone in your hand, you can buy a ticket and a seat, and get your meal’s choice. The times have changed. I love all of the social media outlets. Some people use them in different ways, and I use Twitter and I tweet a lot. Life is good.”

Wallace continued, “There are more networks these days than there are shows. The content on the streaming services is great, so that’s why they are there, otherwise they wouldn’t be there. We are proud of Netflix. I did a movie for Netflix last week called Nappily Ever After.”

The acclaimed comic poked fun at Morgan Freeman, whom he described as his “favorite actor.” “I never liked him,” Wallace said, jokingly. “I should have gotten every role he ever played, especially Driving Miss Daisy. I am from Atlanta, I could have played that part.”

Wallace’s first book, Laff It Off, was published in 2014, via Chaite Press. “I wrote a book that teaches you to enjoy life. Make sure you get that book. Go laugh no matter what you do,” he said. “Laughter is the greatest medicine in the world, and the best part about laughter is that it’s free medicine. I encourge people to overdose on laughter, and to keep it in the reach of children. Laughter is healing.”

For aspiring comedians, he encouraged them to be content with themselves. “Make sure you are enjoying your life. Live your dreams,” he said. “Success is not about how much money you have. It’s all about enjoying your life while you live it.”

To learn more about living comedy legend George Wallace, check out his official Facebook page and website.

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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 16,000 original articles over the past 15 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a five-time consecutive "Best of Long Island" winner, and in the past two years, he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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