The Improv at Harrah’s Las Vegas: This Week’s Headliner – Willie Barcena

Budd Friedman and Mark Lonow’s world-famous Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s Las Vegas showcases a different marquee of acts each week. Willie Barcena takes the stage tomorrow through Sunday, with supporting acts Larry Omaha and Brandon Hahn. The weekend’s very special guest John Melendez – the artist formerly known as Stuttering John, will join May 8-9.

Improv shows are at 8:30p.m. and 10:30p.m. every Tuesday through Sunday. Tickets are $31.95 (plus applicable taxes) or $44.95 (plus applicable tax/fees) for VIP tickets that include special seating, an Improv t-shirt and post-show meet-and-greet with the comics. Special two-for-one tickets are also available for locals. Tickets are available at Harrah’s Box Office (702-369-5223) and online at

Comedian Willie Barcena, a 12-year comedy veteran, never stays clear from a challenge. He just completed a two-year run with The Morning Show on KSFM 102.5 Sacramento. During that time The Morning Show shot to the number one spot in this highly competitive market.

Barcena’s talent has garnered him 10 appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Jay even invited Barcena to perform for the troops in Afghanistan. Barcena helped provide much-needed laughter to that part of the world.

Barcena’s numerous jobs prepared him for his comedy career. His security guard, plumber, roofer, and limo driver gigs gave him a background for his humor about everyday life. After 12 years of stand-up road work, Barcena is now ready for new challenges. He has written and performed a one-man show titled Cry Like a Man. This highly acclaimed performance demonstrates the struggle of a blue-collar comic in today’s society.

In addition to being a comedy road warrior, Barcena has appeared on many TV shows including Moesha, The Wayans Brothers and is the host of the popular Si-Tv production Latino Laugh Festival – The Show. He’s also made multiple appearances on tours such as “Que Locos”, “Latino Laugh Festival,” “Montreal’s Just for Laughs,” and “Crown Royal Latin All Stars Comedy Explosion.”


  • May 12-17: Scott Record, with supporting acts Shayla Rivera and Ron Morey
  • May 19-24: James Stevens III, with supporting acts Scott Kennedy and Debbie Praver
  • May 26- 31: Rocky LaPorte, with supporting acts Pam Mattison and Frazer Smith
  • June 2-7: Maryellen Hooper, with supporting acts Marc Price and Kenny Kane
  • June 9-14: Allan Havey, with supporting acts Suli McCollough and Brett Walkow
  • June 16-21: Alex Reymundo, with supporting acts Jodi Borrello and Greg Brightwell

Additional special offers:
In celebration of Mother’s Day on May 10, the world-famous Improv Comedy Club at Harrah’s Las Vegas is treating all mothers attending the Improv show with their son or daughter on Mother’s Day to a complimentary show package. This exclusive offer for Mom on her special day includes a complimentary show ticket and a complimentary tasty dessert at Penazzi Italian Ristorante.