Comedy Poker Central

by , Sep 11, 2007 | 2:36 pm

I’ve always thought the Unknown Comic would do great at a poker table.

Hilarious Pair Appearing in Concert October 12

COACHELLA, Calif., Aug. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Fall down laughing this October when TV comedy idols Gabe Kaplan and Murray “The Unknown Comic” Langston turn the Spotlight Showroom on its ear! Appearing as part of AllStar Poker Weekend, Kaplan and Langston are performing their hilarious actson Friday, October 12. The concert is part of Spotlight 29 Casino’s All-Star Poker Weekend,where Kaplan and Langston will be playing alongside UFC Champion KenShamrock, Football Hall of Fame inductee Deacon Jones, sports legend Bo Jackson, and lightweight boxing champ Jorge Paez, Jr. in the All-Star PokerChallenge on October 13 and 14.

A sadly rejected baseball player turned successful touring comedian,Kaplan created and starred in the ABC top ten hit “Welcome Back Kotter” and later starred in three feature films, “Fast Break,” “Tulips,” and “Nobody’sPerfect.” Kaplan is also a legitimate poker player, first playing professionally in 1978. In 2004, he placed third in a World Poker Tour event, and in 2005, he scored a second place finish in a World Series of Poker Limit Hold ‘Emevent. Kaplan was also the voice of the World Series of Poker for ESPN in2002, and did the on-air commentary for NBC’s first-ever “Heads-Up Poker Championship.”

Langston first rose to national acclaim on “Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In,”where he was seen doing hilarious impressions of a fork, a tube oftoothpaste and a grandfather clock, and he later became a regular performer on “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour,” where he made more than 100 appearances.Later, in a lucky fluke, he appeared bag-headed as The Unknown Comic on”The Gong Show,” and the character became an overnight international sensation.

Langston has also had a successful film career, penning the screenplaysfor the films “Night Patrol”(1984), “Up Your Alley” (1988), and “WishfulThinking” (1997).

Showtime is 8 p.m. Individual tickets for the TV Comedy Idols concert are available for $35. All entrants into the All-Star Poker Challenge receive two free tickets to the concert, and entries to the tournament are $560 each. Concert tickets and tournament entries are available now and at the Spotlight 29 Casino Gift Shop or by calling(800) 585-3737. Put the spotlight on headliner entertainment at Spotlight 29 Casino, the Coachella Valley’s most exciting place to play. Spotlight 29 Casino isa business venture of the Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians. Turnit on at

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6 Comments to “Comedy Poker Central”

  1. California Jen

    The Unknown Comic is still alive? Geez!

    I think he was only funny in the context of the Gong Show. And just because I remember the Gong Show doesn’t mean anyone needs to discuss how old I might be.

  2. DanM

    I once watched Gabe Kaplan playing a little poker at the Lodge here in Dallas, and all the dancers knew he was “somebody famous” but had nothing but blank stares when the other players said, “you know … Welcome Back Kotter?” The ’70s are the new ’50s, I guess.

  3. Ed

    Jen, my dad and step mom performed on the Gong Show. I was in Jr High…I think. He dressed up in his Ally Oop outfit and sang…well… Ally Oop. Mr. T gonged them. I don’t think dad got gonged as much as the wife doing backup. God…what was he thinking. I could be famous at this point and rich…and stuff.

  4. California Jen

    Ed, are you serious? That’s hilarious!

    Just think if YouTube had been around back then, you could have seen that performance over and over and over… and your dad and step mom would have never lived it down. 🙂

  5. DanM

    Jen, if you knew Ed, you would find that more disturbing than funny. It really makes a lot of sense.

  6. Ed

    I spent about 30 min surfing the web last night. Could not find any clips. My sister might have it on VHS still…hmmm.

    Oh Dan, did I ever tell you he was on Montel Williams and The Maury Povich show? Montel was a show where he and my sister went on with his 21 year old girlfriend. The show was about Dad’s who date women younger than their daughters. The Maury P show was…oh god that was a long time ago. I think it was about men who have unprotected sex with multiple women. His goal before he died was to get on Jerry Springer but never made it. He wanted us to come up with a good story so we could get on there and brawl. He was pretty crazy. Glad I turned out “normal”.