In the neon-splashed haven of entertainment that is Las Vegas, one vibrant lock of red hair has proven to be an unceasing beacon of laughter. The illustrious Carrot Top, whimsically real-named Scott Thompson, has etched his name into Sin City’s history. He is not merely passing through; he has fortified his legacy by extending his reign at the Luxor Hotel and Casino until the grand horizon of 2030. The delight of audiences and the pride of the MGM resort, he will have basked under the spotlight as the marquee headliner for an extraordinary stretch, concluding his run only as he reaches the seasoned age of 65.
Imagine the stories the stage could narrate, for it has been the sanctum of Carrot Top’s unique craft since 2005. The flames of anticipation are stoked even further by the fervor of MGM Resorts’ own potentate of spectacle, President of Entertainment & Sports, George Kliavkoff. His spirited endorsement in 2019, when Thompson reaffirmed his commitment to Luxor, captures the essence of the electric excitement that Carrot Top embodies: a beacon for global visitors seeking solace in humor and the fantastical escape that only Las Vegas can conjure.
Carrot Top’s path of laughter has not been devoid of jabs and jests directed at him, facing an onslaught of comedic fodder for his distinctive look and his playful penchant for props. Yet the jokes cast by others pale and flicker out in the blazing brilliance of his own comedic universe – self-deprecating, wildly unhinged, and unabashedly bold. Deftly, he turns the mirror of humor upon himself, crafting caricatures so vivid that they eclipse the image many etch in their minds of this comedic conjurer.
His journey is one of illustrious company and his tenure a testament to enduring showmanship. Carrot Top’s glittering chronicle began well before his Luxor limelight, tracing back to 1996 at the MGM Grand’s Hollywood Theatre. As his new contract reaches its finale, he will find himself in the esteemed ranks of Las Vegas legends. Only the grand illusionist David Copperfield, with an enchanting 38-year trove of headlining, stands ahead. To Copperfield’s mystique, Carrot Top tips his hat with a jesting spark: “David Copperfield made me disappear.”
The standing ovation of longevity may also beckon to the duo Penn & Teller, who themselves have woven magic and comedy since 1993. With their extension running through 2026, the echelons of enduring Las Vegas stars are closely knit with camaraderie and the art of enchantment.
Through it all, Carrot Top brandishes his humor like a sceptor, unaffected by the passage of time. To the untrained eye, he bears the same electric vigor, the same youthful mirth as when he first graced the Las Vegas marquee. Yet, in his own reflection is the humble admission of time’s march, acknowledging that one evening, the whisper of age might finally prompt him to take a bow. But for now, the stage at Luxor awaits, the props are set, and Carrot Top is ready to steal the show, one raucous laugh at a time.