Eddie Griffin

By Nikki Artale

Photos by Nikki Artale 

There is a Third King in the Kings Room in the Rio Hotel in Las Vegas and that is the King of Comedy Eddie Griffin. Eddie has been booked for a six month engagement and from the first day, long lines have formed outside the Kings Room with sold out performances. Eddie Griffin show is like the old days of Las Vegas when the entertainers drank and smoked on stage, living in the moment, and it made you feel like you were in their living room telling stories. Eddie’s stories are hysterical about the First Ladies and a certain religious group that come knocking on your door at 7:00 in the morning while you are still sleeping. www.EddieGriffin.com

Eddie recalled at age five, playing an elf and a dancing Robot in a school play and the audience went bananas. His stand up comedy career started in 1988 when on a dare, his cousin bet him $50.00 to go on stage. He won the bet and that was the start of his career.

Eddie has stared in over 47 movies, T.V. shows and his own reality show, which was filmed 12 hours a day. When they asked him to do the show he said “Are you sure you want to film this because my family is crazy”. It was too real for them and they edited out things they could not show.

Eddie loves his mom Doris Thomas, who was a hands on mother in the 60’s when it was an Us and We generation, not like today where it is a Me generation. He has a great time on stage and it is a moment in time when people of all nationalities can come together and have fun. He calls it an Eddie Griffin experience. He knows how to entertain everyone; after all he ranks number 67 as the greatest stand up comic.

Richard Pryor was his Idol and a father figure and Eddie had a great relationship with him for 17 years. Richard Pryor called him Jr and Eddie called him Pop. Eddie said that kids are the most important to him and he is the proud father of nine children.

Another love in his life is his beautiful wife Nia-Shawpri Griffin who proudly sits in the audience while Eddie shares his outrageous, no holds barred, and real life observations. Eddie says he creates from an elastic brain that stretches and then snaps back to sanity. He is outrageous on stage and tells it like it is. I loved talking to Eddie backstage and found him to be a very kind person and so good to all the people around him. I am usually backstage with my show the 2 Kings and Eddie Griffin comes on to do his show following the 2 Kings and I have had the opportunity to see and talk to him nightly. From first hand experience, he is a great man and extremely funny. Everyone loves and admires him.

Eddie Griffin & Nia-Shawpri Griffin

Charlie Franks & Eddie Griffin

Hosting the show is a young up and coming comic Twist, who calls Eddie his Idol and owes his success to Eddie and is grateful for his first chance of success. Twist realized he could do stand up comedy because everyone loved to hear him talk and listen to his stories. All of his jokes come from his family and his personal experiences and how he perceives them. He loves to make people laugh.


Also opening the show was Antoine Blackman who held the audience attention and was very funny. Antoine looked relaxed and at ease in telling his funny stories of life.

Antoine Blackman Facebook Page

Antoine Blackman

Warming up the crowd for Eddie Griffin was Kasper Nelson whose personality came through in his funny outrageous jokes. He lit up the room and everyone responded to Kasper on and off the stage. Actually everyone from the comics to the personal security that is around Eddie Griffin is kind, loving and sociable and great to be around. Kasper made Dana Burton feel comfortable as she collected the entry tickets to the show.

Kasper Nelson Facebook Page

Dana Burton & Kasper Nelson 

Eddie Griffin is a must see show that will keep a smile on your face and 90 minutes of outrageous humor that will keep you laughing hours later when you recall the show.

Nikki Artale

Nikki Artale, a woman of many professional backgrounds and experiences, is originally from a small town in North New Jersey. She moved here to Las Vegas back in 1995 to pursue the booming real estate market and has since been a contributing columnist for Vegas Community Online – interviewing the stars and entertainers for “Vegas Stars.” She has hosted a radio talk show, Celebrity News at All Talk Radio and has also been a part of a live internet webcast at “Live at the Studio.” Her numerous interviews with those responsible for the glamour behind Las Vegas can be found on her website www.ILoveLasVegasNV.net.

Nikki has also been active in the entertainment industry behind the camera – she belongs to the Screen Actors Guild and has been in numerous movies and has also judged screenplays for the Las Vegas Film Fest. Not only has she been behind the camera in the industry but also as a critic and has written many show reviews. You can usually find her at big entertainment events with her Nikon camera and smile, ready to review, interview, and capture the moments that make the night.

Aside from her lengthy experience in the entertainment industry she is also a successful Real Estate broker with 30 years of professional and dedicated services. She serves the greater Las Vegas area and has an in depth knowledge of the real estate housing market. She prides herself in giving excellent service to buyers and sellers with 100% of her time. You can contact her with the information below for any questions, comments or requests of services.

NikkiArtale@cox.net 702-279-7001

If you are Buying or Selling go to my real estate site to search the MLS for listings: Las Vegas Real Estate. 




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