SIOUX CITY, Iowa (December 3, 2014) – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City is bringing the laughter into 2015 with comedic performances by The Dan Band and Lisa Lampanelli. The weekly Comedy Night performances on Wednesdays will also continue in Anthem.

The Dan Band is scheduled to perform on Saturday, January 17th at 8pm in Anthem.

Dan Finnerty caught America’s attention as the foul-mouthed wedding singer in the box-office smash Old School, performing his now-infamous rendition of Total Eclipse of the Heart, as well as his appearance as the sleazy bat-mitzvah singer in Starsky & Hutch and again as the inappropriate wedding singer in the record breaking hit The Hangover.

What started as a drunken joke for Finnerty singing I Am Woman at a karaoke bar has spiraled out of control into THE DAN BAND – a cult phenomenon that has garnered rave reviews from The New York Times, The L.A. Times, Variety, Rolling Stone among others, and prompted Entertainment Weekly to dub it “The hottest ticket in Hollywood.”

THE DAN BAND has appeared on numerous shows including The Tonight Show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, Ellen, The Late Late Show, Last Call with Carson Daly, Last Comic Standing, The Guys Choice Awards and caught the attention of Steven Spielberg, who signed on to executive produce Dan’s one hour concert special “The Dan Band: I Am Woman”, directed by McG.

The Queen of Mean, Lisa Lampanelli is scheduled for two performances (7pm and 9:30pm) in Anthem on Thursday, January 22nd.

Lisa Lampanelli is known as Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. This equal opportunity offender is a regular on Howard Stern’s Sirius satellite radio shows, and she has appeared on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,” “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Chelsea Lately,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “The Dr. Oz Show” and “Good Morning America.” She was also a member of the cast of NBC’s “Celebrity Apprentice,” Season 5.

In 2009, Lisa entered the ranks of comic greats and premiered her first ever one-hour HBO comedy special, “Long Live the Queen,” to tremendous ratings. That same year, her autobiography, “Chocolate, Please: My Adventures in Food, Fat and Freaks,” hit bookstores to critical acclaim.

Lisa is well-known for her many Comedy Central and Friars Club roasts.  She has lambasted Jeff Foxworthy, Pamela Anderson, David Hasselhoff, Betty White, Donald Trump and Flavor Flav to name a few. Plus, she was honored to serve as roastmaster on the Comedy Central Roast of Larry the Cable Guy.

Lisa’s second one-hour special, “Dirty Girl,” was nominated for a Grammy Award for 2007′s Best Comedy Album of the Year. And in 2012, Lisa was thrilled to be cast as Aunt Josie in the highly anticipated feature film debut from “Sopranos” creator David Chase entitled, “Not Fade Away,” starring James Gandolfini. Lisa also starred as a series regular on “Bounty Hunters,” CMT’s first-ever animated show. Currently, Lisa is making a departure from her signature “insult” comedy with her first developmental theater production, Fat Girl Interrupted, to show a side of Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean that few would guess exists.

Tickets go on-sale Saturday, December 6th at 10am both online at www.hardrockcasinosiouxcity.com and at the Rock Shop.


In addition to these stand out comics, the weekly Wednesday night comedy series will continue in Anthem starting on January 7th. Tickets for the following shows also go on sale Saturday, December 6th at 10am.


  • Wednesday, January 7 –  Don Reese
  • Wednesday, January 14  – Tom Green
  • Wednesday, January 21  – Jake Johannsen
  • Wednesday, January 28 – Mark Price         
  • Wednesday, February 4 – Dustin Diamond
  • Wednesday, February 11 – David Dyer         
  • Wednesday, February 18 – Rob Little           
  • Wednesday, February 25 – Todd Bridges



Take a young boy born in the midwest; feed him a steady diet of comic books and monster magazines; plant him in front of a television screen showing an endless succession of horror and science fiction movies; let simmer until adulthood, and what have you got? The comedy of Don Reese. Combining what THE CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER calls “friendly ghoulishness” with “sparks-flying timing”, Don stakes out comic turf that is his and his alone, walking the fine line between reality and the twilight zone. It is an act that has taken him to over forty states and Canada, performing at clubs, colleges, corporate shows – even monster movie conventions. Don calls it “stand-up comedy for people who are tired of stand-up comedy”. You’ll call it hilarious.



Tom Green sparked a TV revolution with his hit MTV comedy series “The Tom Green Show.” One of MTV’s top-rated programs, “The Tom Green Show” paved the way for shows like “Jackass,” “Punk’d” and “Fear Factor.” With its guerrilla video tactics and outrageous stunts, it was unlike anything that had been seen before.

After his show was acquired and broadcast by MTV, Tom went on to produce, direct and star in several films. He appeared in such blockbusters as “Road Trip” and “Charlie’s Angels,” as well as the cult classics “Freddy Got Fingered,” “Stealing Harvard,” and “Bob the Butler.” He has appeared multiple times on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” “The Tonight Show,” “Oprah,” “The Jimmy Kimmel Show,” “The View,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” “Live with Regis & Kelly,” and “The Wendy Williams Show.” In fact, he is one of the few comedians in history given the chance to guest-host David Letterman’s program. He has also hosted ‘Saturday Night Live,” and has appeared on numerous magazine covers including the coveted cover of Rolling Stone magazine.

Tom’s independent online talk show “Tom Green’s House Tonight” was the first LIVE streaming talk show to become a massive success on the Internet. Audiences worldwide have enjoyed this ground-breaking series broadcast in real time from Tom’s home-made living-room studio living room. It is the highest-rated online talk show in history and has attracted A-list celebrities and comedians to appear as Tom’s guests.

Tom is currently traveling the world on a sold-out stand-up comedy tour, and has just completed his first 90-minute stand-up comedy special for Showtime to be broadcast and released on video this year. He is also planning to launch a 24-hour live Internet comedy channel which will be the first of its kind. Given Tom Green’s background of making independent TV accessible to large mainstream audiences, it is sure to be a massive success. Stay tuned.



A native of Iowa, Jake Johannsen spent three years at Iowa State University dabbling in veterinarian science and chemical engineering before moving to San Francisco and trying his hand at comedy.  Four years later, in 1986, he won the 11th Annual San Francisco Stand-Up Comedian Competition. A self-confessed raconteur of weird stories, it’s no wonder that Jake is one of David Letterman’s favorite comics.  With forty-four Letterman appearances under his belt (not to mention a handful of Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and Politically Incorrect gigs) Jake is no stranger to late night television.  His late night appearances gave Jake the exposure he needed to land his very own HBO comedy special, This’ll Take About An Hour.

Jake’s bizarre take on life and his uniquely intelligent style have made him a regular at comedy clubs all over the country and a former host of Comedy Central’s Two Drink Minimum.  Jake has had numerous television appearances as well as his own Comedy Central ½ hour special.  His latest Comedy Special entitled “i Love You” is currently airing on Netflix.



Marc Price is a television actor best known for his role as Irwin “Skippy” Handelman on Family Ties Price also hosted the children’s game show Teen Win, Lose or Draw on The Disney Channel from 1989 to 1992. Price also worked as a stand-up comedian, drawing heavily on his experiences of growing up in Hollywood. In 2006, he appeared briefly as a contestant on Last Comic Standing but over the last decade has predominantly worked as a writer/producer for cable television networks such as Disney Channel, Food Network, Animal Planet, GSN, Showtime and more. He has also produced the TBS gaming show Midnight Money Madness.



An uproariously funny comedian, Dustin Diamond is famous for his zany, high-energy performances. Dustin became internationally known as the humorous “Screech” character on NBC’s Saved by the Bell. Dustin is not only one of the most recognizable faces in show business, but a standout in today’s comedy world. He has performed in some of the most prestigious comedy clubs in the United States and Canada including The Improv (LA, Las Vegas, etc.) and Caroline’s in New York City. Dustin is no stranger to the big screen either. He has appeared in over 18 feature films including Made (which earned him a nomination for Best Cameo at the 2002 MTV Music Awards), and Dickie Roberts with David Spade. Dustin’s specialty is adapting his presentation to the specific theme of the organization. Whether he is speaking at a corporate gathering, performing at a university, or appearing at a comedy club, Dustin provides a tailor-made performance designed for each individual group he speaks to.



Well here we are…another awkward bio from a comedian.  I could loft the usual tidbits at you…”Here’s who I’ve opened for”…”Here’s where I started”…”I ALWAYS wanted to be a comedian”.  I could spit all of that shizzle out in hopes that it would add some legitimacy to my being, but we all know that’s a bunch of crap.  No matter what it says, you’re not going to lose OR gain any sleep.  Here’s what you want to know…am I funny?  Yes…I’m damn funny.  I’m not going to over-pump myself…I’m a really good comedian with really good material.  It’s not for everybody (see Birmingham, AL), but it’s for a lot of people.  I’m proud of what I do and I’m not one of those guys who pines over the couple of people in the crowd who don’t like me…I gave up on those a-holes years ago.  Understand something about life…not everyone is going to have twinkle in their eye when you walk in the room, so keep walking and don’t waste your time on the non-twinklers. Just get to one of my shows and judge for yourself.  – David Dyer



Watch Rob Little in action, and you’ll agree that he is one of the very best stand-up comedians in the country.  A sketch comedy player on the Fox Sports Net Show, “The Best Damn Sports Show Period” and “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Little has established himself as one of the funniest, most progressive, new comedians in the country. It’s easy to understand why entertainment bookers call him “The Future of comedy with more contagious energy than the Energizer Bunny.”  The Detroit Free press selected him as the “Best up and Coming Comedian,” and he earned the title of “finalist” in both the Seattle and San Francisco International Comedy Competitions. Recently Rob was named Maxim Magazine’s “Real Man of Comedy”.  Last Comic Standing on NBC named him, “The Happiest Comic in America”.  Campus Activities Magazine named him “College Comic of the Year” and you have also seen him on the Comedy Central sketch comedy show “Nick Swardson’s Pretend Time”.



Actor/Comedian Todd Bridges began his career at the early age of four and his career has grown tremendously since. In 1977, Todd appeared in the critically acclaimed mini-series Roots, as well as the popular TV dramas Little House on the Prairie, Love Boat and The Waltons. At the age of 12, Bridges finally got his big break: a starring role on an ensemble comedy show called Diff’rent Strokes. The role would change Bridges’ life.

He made appearances on multiple reality shows including Celebrity Boxing (2002) and Fear Factor (2006). He also had a recurring role on the Chris Rock sitcom Everybody Hates Chris, which aired from 2005 until 2009. In 2010, he appeared on Oprah Winfrey to promote his new book, Killing Willis.


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