Leno’s Lincoln visit ends Thunder Valley’s summer concert series

By: Daniel Wetter Gold Country News Service
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Talk show host/comedian Jay Leno’s performance Friday at Thunder Valley Casino Resort drew a crowd of approximately 3,000 fans. Leno’s topics included politics, terrorism, pets, TV remotes, and even obesity. “We’re getting fatter, our TV’s are getting skinner,” Leno joked. The show was held in an outdoor amphitheater, much to Leno’s surprise. “You know outside is kind of odd, I usually play inside but it’s a nice venue and some nice folks,” Leno said after the show. According to casino staff, the 70-degree weather was just right for the show. “We couldn’t have had better weather tonight,” said Thunder Valley’s Vice President of Marketing, Kari Smith. “And an outdoor amphitheater in this climate, I think is ideal.” Smith also attributed the outdoor environment to an” intimate” feeling. “We removed some of the seating to make sure there were no bad seats in the house, whatsoever, and everybody had a great seat to see Jay Leno and enjoy the show,” Smith said. A couple from Grass Valley, Kim and Jeff Train, said they had a great time. “He was incredible, he was very funny, I was pleasantly surprised,” Kim Train said. Jeff also had a few jokes of his own. “It was much better than the ‘Tonight Show.’ He must write these jokes,” Jeff Train said. Leno said he continues to like the Sacramento area. “I’ve been up here a lot actually. You know, years ago, when I was starting out, I used to play the comedy clubs in Old Sac and all that stuff so it’s a nice area,” Leno said. The comedian ended the inaugural summer concert series for Thunder Valley Casino this season but officials promised the series will return next summer. “We’re already in plans to bring it back next year and we’ll have some great acts,” Thunder Valley’s Smith said.