Comedians in Vegas face crowds of all ages and regions who share one thing in common: They’re hell-bent on having a good time. “The great thing about Vegas is the crowd is coming to you,” says Harry Basil (left), co-owner and g.m. of the Laugh Factory. “People are in a great mood; they’re totally there to have fun and forget everything.” Since the Laugh Factory opened its Vegas doors in 2012, Basil and his partners have all made back their initial investments, thanks largely to Basil and Laugh Factory founder Jamie Masada’s ability to draw talent like Roseanne Barr, Gallagher and Paul Rodriguez. Budd Friedman (middle), the entrepreneur behind the Improv, which now boasts 25 locations in 12 states, including its Vegas location at Harrah’s, says “comedians know that if they do well in Las Vegas, it usually means there is a more universal acceptance for their act — something they can’t learn if they are performing in L.A. or New York or their hometown.” Friedman’s own Sin City success has been considerable: There’s been an Improv in Vegas since 1985, and the brand is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the likes of Paul Reiser, David Alan Grier, Kevin Pollak, Owen Benjamin and Ben Gleib. The Aces of Comedy series at the Mirage Hotel & Casino, meanwhile, hosts more than 100 annual performances in its 1,265-seat theater, with the majority of headliners selling out. Launched in 2010, the series has presented Jay Leno, Ray Romano, Kevin James, Lewis Black, Seth Meyers and Jim Gaffigan, among others. It’s no coincidence that many headliners earned their stripes on the smallscreen. “We look for comedians who have been successful on television, which we have found translates to the live performance on stage at the Mirage,” says James Trudeau (right), a 30-year industry veteran who helms MGM Resorts Intl.’s entertainment bookings.