Casino comedy night – another great area attraction (by Craig Avery)


Why do Bears Hibernate? So they can hang out at the Bear’s Den Showroom in the Seneca Niagara Casino and laugh their bear butts off. Last night was no exception as Noah Gardenswartz and Dustin Ybarra took headliner status and made our night alright with the third monthly “Barrel of Laughs Comedy Night” at the casino’s most up close and personal venue. The only thing funnier than the show was me trying to spell these guys’ names for this review.

The show opened with 97 Rock’s hilarious Rob Lieberman who serves as host. He is so good at ad-libbing and making the audience comfortable and on edge at the same time.

Rob introduced Noah Gardenswartz to start the evening. I remembered that this guy had his own show on Comedy Central last year. So he’s got that going for him. Tall and commanding, you just had to listen to him and his unique observations on life. Anybody who can make you laugh while describing the life and times of Pat Sajak, has got to have some talent.

Then came Dustin Ybarra, one of those guys you’ve seen before, but never knew his name. He was a member of the huge and crazy cast in the movie Ted 2 (he played Borg,) you’ve seen him on TV in the Goldbergs, Gotham, and in the movie “We Bought a Zoo.” And now, right here in Niagara Falls, not 25 feet away from an autograph opportunity. He started out by saying he saw an old guy at the “Titanic” slot machine, crying. When he asked the man what was wrong, he answered, “I knew these people!” Ybarra has tremendous energy and had the crowd belly-aching about fast food drive thru’s and memoirs of his first suppository.

So once again, I appeal to you, you’re sick of the weather? Tired of your home honey-do list? Need to get out? Check out the entertainment schedule at the Seneca Niagara Casino, and particularly the Bear’s Den Showroom. You’ll be as close to the action as you can get to top entertainment in Western New York. If you were in Buffalo after a show, you’d have to bundle up and head to your $25 parking space. But at the Seneca Niagara Casino you simply walk around for fine dining, drinks, live entertainment, and perhaps a little gambling. Don’t forget Tim Horton’s and Cold Stone Creamery are just down the hall as well. Yumm!

Till next show, see ya around.


Noah Gardenswartz


Dustin Ybarra


Rob Lieberman

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