Comedian Louie Anderson has returned to Las Vegas as the new resident headliner at the Plaza Hotel & Casino. Fresh from his appearances on ABC’s “Splash,” on which celebrities learned how to dive, Anderson shares with his audiences his new quest to shed some pounds.
“When I started ‘Splash,’ which was a big part of my turnaround, I weighed 417 pounds. I have lost 37 pounds since then (January),” Anderson said. “It got me physically cognitive and made me want to be a healthier person.”
“Louie Anderson Live!” at the Plaza Hotel & Casino has its roots in the comic’s childhood, growing up in Minnesota as one of 11 children.
“There is a theme,” he said. “It’s all the 'f' words: family, food, fat [and] being over 50, all the things we deal with every day.”
The show features old and new jokes, plus a good helping of from-the-heart humor from Anderson’s 2012 TV special, “Big Baby Boomer.”
“It’s some of the best material I ever wrote, and it’s definitely for my crowd. They really love it," he said.
Anderson performs at 7 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. General admission seating is $59.95; VIP seating, which includes a meet-and-greet after the show, is $109.95. Tickets are available online.
Anderson chatted about his new show shortly before heading to a doctor’s appointment to which, he said, he would walk, a two-mile round trip.
“Before I hit ‘Splash,’ I would have never thought of walking to my doctor’s office,” he said. “I just would have never done it. I want to be the person who is not worried about how far they can walk if they have to walk somewhere.”
Despite a lifelong battle with obesity, Anderson is now working out three to four hours a week.
“I just have to change my thinking,” he said.